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by athelas
Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 23345

Re: 0871: "Charity"

Relevant Many people, when they see something that they think is worth doing, would like to volunteer a few hours of spare time, or maybe mail in a five-year-old laptop and some canned goods, or walk in a march somewhere, but at any rate, not spend money. Believe me, I understand the feeling. Every...
by athelas
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 28238

Re: 0807: Connected

I think it's pretty funny to step back and look at it from a Martian's eye view. But I do caution against both the pro-cynicism bias (wise folks must be cynical) and the idealism bias (good people are idealistic!)
by athelas
Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hey folks, let's violently slaughter our political opponents
Replies: 25
Views: 3368

Re: Hey folks, let's violently slaughter our political oppon

Further research shows that far from being a bunch of powerless ecofacsists, the campaign wield significanst clout: [The video] also got a decent sprinkling of stardust – Peter Crouch, Gillian Anderson, Radiohead and others. The film, directed by top advertising director Dougal Wilson, known for the...
by athelas
Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hey folks, let's violently slaughter our political opponents
Replies: 25
Views: 3368

Hey folks, let's violently slaughter our political opponents

So reasons this motley crew of hip climate change activists, who produced a video in which skeptics are violently blown up , to cheerful music. They were mildly surprised that anyone would object to a video in which 10 year old schoolchildren are blown up for the fatal crime of having the Wrong Opin...
by athelas
Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This just in: going to elite schools matters.
Replies: 20
Views: 2863

Re: This just in: going to elite schools matters.

The post does consider the signaling effect of education: going to college indicates a certain amount of conformism, diligence, etc., stuff employers would like. (Also note that IQ tests are effectively illegal for employers, so college may be the best intelligence signal they are allowed to conside...
by athelas
Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This just in: going to elite schools matters.
Replies: 20
Views: 2863

This just in: going to elite schools matters.

Here is the key image: http://www.gnxp.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Picture-31.png More : Clearly, going to a top-ranked school seems to deliver far higher earnings at age 28 than poorer ranked schools. In fact, the relationship is highly non-linear. Contrary to what you may have heard (“All to...
by athelas
Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?
Replies: 66
Views: 10592

Re: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?

Correlational data's really hard to dig out...GDP growth is also a large contributor. The Clinton tax raises definitely raised revenue, but they wouldn't have generated a surplus if not for the strong economic growth of the dotcom boom, which is exogenous to tax policy. I don't rule out that some so...
by athelas
Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?
Replies: 66
Views: 10592

Re: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?

As to the US's response to a debt crises(which I imagine to mean no one is buying the debt any longer), I imagine that the biggest response will be to inflate some of it away. It's the most politically expedient, the average person doesn't realize its going on until far after the decision has been ...
by athelas
Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left and right, the political dichotomy
Replies: 24
Views: 5663

Re: Left and right, the political dichotomy

I don't think good vs. bad is a good way to phrase it. The question is "changeable vs. unchangeable." Most people on the right would say that, on net, humans are more good than bad. But they would also mostly think that top-down efforts to change people won't be effective. Indeed, if you ...
by athelas
Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?
Replies: 66
Views: 10592

What would a US sovereign debt crisis be like?

From the blog of an economics professor who's usually pretty conservative about his prognostications: 1. The Affordable Care Act won't be repealed or declared unconstitutional, nor will Republican candidates be running against it six years from now. Trying to repeal parts of it would likely backfire...
by athelas
Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586859

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Regardless of the actual law, the important thing is whether the same situation would result in prosecution and/or conviction if it was a male doing it but not a female. There are lots of laws that are barely reinforced or reinforced in a heavily biased manner (see for example underage drinking and ...
by athelas
Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture
Replies: 56
Views: 10418

Re: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture

Quite true, we can and should criticize others. But we should also be self-aware and criticize ourselves, and thus become a bit more humble about the whole business*. This is not only moral but also helps our persuasiveness too: someone unaware of his own cultural bigotry can't understand the dynami...
by athelas
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture
Replies: 56
Views: 10418

Re: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture

Bigotry based on culture is prevalent in Western culture as well. Just ask a college professor about tea partiers, or vice versa. I think that most people are blind to bigotry in their own culture, as it's considered "natural." Thus it's unsurprising that many people in this thread think t...
by athelas
Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Singapore Government Bans Political Video Clip
Replies: 59
Views: 6890

Re: Singapore Government Bans Political Video Clip

There are lots of places that are free in theory. Singapore has coincidentally had the same ruling party since its 1959 independence. So has Chicago , and most cities. Singapore is sized more like a city than a country, and its politics should be analyzed accordingly. Furthermore the easy right of ...
by athelas
Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ted Kennedy passes away. He was 77.
Replies: 43
Views: 4199

Re: Ted Kennedy passes away. He was 77.

That's nice. Do you have an argument?
by athelas
Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ted Kennedy passes away. He was 77.
Replies: 43
Views: 4199

Re: Ted Kennedy passes away. He was 77.

Dems Push For Nationalizing Health Care at Teddy Kennedy's Funeral The entire funeral was used as an The Affordable Care Act rally. Some sacred moment. Some faith. Funny, the left is constantly mocking many on the right for their faith, but what’s worse? Being honestly faithful (or “bitter clingers...
by athelas
Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill would give Obama administration control over Internet
Replies: 28
Views: 2751

Re: Bill would give US government control over the Internet

Pez Dispens3r wrote:Also, the title should read "US government", because at first I thought the Argentine government was upto online shenanigans again.
Fix'd.
by athelas
Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Anonymity Lawsuit
Replies: 41
Views: 3701

Re: Google Anonymity Lawsuit

I am not familiar with Canada at all, but... Freedom of speech? Suing for someone calling you a skank? Ha. Pathetic. Well our friends up north do have their highly questionable so-called Human Rights Commission (with awesome real video ) Anyway, Google foresaw this eventuality and now allows users ...
by athelas
Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Recent nuke power cost estimates: separating fact from myth
Replies: 41
Views: 3018

Re: Recent nuke power cost estimates: separating fact from myth

But it's unnatural, an abomination to Mother Gaia! :P
by athelas
Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will the US debt be resolved?
Replies: 198
Views: 19507

Re: How will the US debt be resolved?

The funny thing is, places with universal healthcare have longer life expectancies. Are you talking about my farming group? Because the point was that if you force people to join, everyone is better off. Both points are suspect, and I hope the problem with drawing conclusions from your former asser...
by athelas
Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill would give Obama administration control over Internet
Replies: 28
Views: 2751

Bill would give Obama administration control over Internet

From here : Probably the most controversial language begins in Section 201, which permits the president to "direct the national response to the cyber threat" if necessary for "the national defense and security." The White House is supposed to engage in "periodic mapping"...
by athelas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday
Replies: 228
Views: 16087

Re: Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday

i wrote:This thread reminds me of this story: http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/arch ... ns-ra.html
What, you cite the same article without crediting me for doing it above? I demand that you be blacklisted from this forum forthwith!
by athelas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Legal Action Over BNP Membership
Replies: 73
Views: 6713

Re: Legal Action Over BNP Membership

I'm guessing that you're not knowledgeable enough about the fractured history of the American communist party to realize that Stalin's brutish regime - and the knowledge of what Stalin was doing, along with the demands Stalin made of that party - caused a fission between the party itself (though, c...
by athelas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Legal Action Over BNP Membership
Replies: 73
Views: 6713

Re: Legal Action Over BNP Membership

Yeah... I was going to say something, but it's kind of derailing. But, uh, yeah. As much hate as you can heap on the American branch of the communist party, they've done shitloads upon shitloads of positive things, too. I mean, the Civil Rights movement alone owes an immense debt to their membershi...
by athelas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will the US debt be resolved?
Replies: 198
Views: 19507

Re: How will the US debt be resolved?

A group using what seems to be very optimistic projections still shows a growing budget hole through 2019.
by athelas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The British Empire, good or bad?
Replies: 56
Views: 16879

Re: The British Empire, good or bad?

Good - it brought good governance to many areas of the world that had known only warlordism. Upon reading Lee Kwan Yew's memoirs (Singapore prime minister), it struck me how responsible they were in trying to withdraw in such a way that stable governments could take over. That they succeeded in Asia...
by athelas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will the US debt be resolved?
Replies: 198
Views: 19507

Re: How will the US debt be resolved?

You're comparing R&D in one small sector of the economy to total GDP?
by athelas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will the US debt be resolved?
Replies: 198
Views: 19507

Re: How will the US debt be resolved?

A monopsony by definition decreases both prices and quantity purchased, and the latter is not necessarily something you want to encourage. Especially when considering the effects on future R&D investment.
by athelas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will the US debt be resolved?
Replies: 198
Views: 19507

Re: How will the US debt be resolved?

Please post a citation for your numbers. (At least some of them are wrong: total US medical research spending as of 2003 is less than 1% of the GDP: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/HealthPolicy/1767) It would also be helpful if you would elucidate how much of our research spending by...
by athelas
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Legal Action Over BNP Membership
Replies: 73
Views: 6713

Re: Legal Action Over BNP Membership

Also, @athelas: As hardlined as anti-BNPers can be, I'm hoping that we can all at least agree that the BNP consists of absurd fucktwits with an overabundance of privilege and several dozen hilarious misconceptions concerning the 'purity' and 'authenticity' of their own 'British race'. I mean, that'...
by athelas
Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday
Replies: 228
Views: 16087

Re: Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday

Wait, I thought he was kidding about "black day" being racist. Is he fucking serious? The land beyond the rabbit hole was stranger than I thought. What, is "black hole" racist, too? Yes. County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is us...
by athelas
Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Legal Action Over BNP Membership
Replies: 73
Views: 6713

Re: Legal Action Over BNP Membership

Angua wrote:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8218397.stm

I hope that this leads to people realising how racist the BNP actually is.
Or how heavy-handed the extreme anti-BNPers are.
by athelas
Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday
Replies: 228
Views: 16087

Re: Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday

The problem is word connotations. When I call someone a nigger, I'm using a word that has connotations of slavery. When I call something a black day, I'm using a word that is linked to a group of people and also using it to mean somethign bad. So that then links the group of people to being bad. Do...
by athelas
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday
Replies: 228
Views: 16087

Re: Quangos blackball ... oops, sorry ... veto ‘racist’ everyday

Other people's feelings are more important than your freedoms. Gotcha.
by athelas
Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences
Replies: 266
Views: 33309

Re: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences

This is true; if you have two groups that are normally distributed in some variable, such as strength, and there is a relatively small difference in the means, if you go up several standard deviations you'll find a much more skewed ratio. So there will be many more very strong men than very strong w...
by athelas
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will the US debt be resolved?
Replies: 198
Views: 19507

Re: How will the US debt be resolved?

And today, the Obama administration has revised its deficit forecast upwards: The nation would be forced to borrow more than $9 trillion over the next decade under President Obama's policies, the White House acknowledged late Friday, bringing their long-term budget forecast in line with independent ...
by athelas
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CIA staged mock executions
Replies: 9
Views: 1790

Re: CIA staged mock executions

Liberals are claiming that President Bush had violated constitutional restrictions on torture and spying on Americans. Don't they understand that the constitution is a living document that must be reinterpreted in light of new events and understandings? An originalist reading of the constitution wou...
by athelas
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mandated Health insurance may not be constitutional
Replies: 60
Views: 5734

Re: Mandated Health insurance may not be constitutional

As much as I oppose the various health care reforms promoted by the Obama Administration and current Congressional leadership (and as much as I would like to see a more restrictive commerce clause jurisprudence), I do not find this argument particularly convincing. While I agree that the recent comm...
by athelas
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will the US debt be resolved?
Replies: 198
Views: 19507

How will the US debt be resolved?

It is a fact that the national debt, and the debt/GDP ratio, is increasing year by year. This is not sustainable - either something fundamental must change to gradually lower the debt/GDP ratio, or some cataclysm such as a wealth tax, hyperinflation, or default will take it out. It is very possible ...
by athelas
Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Saving the World's Women
Replies: 17
Views: 2061

Re: Saving the World's Women

More likely, economic liberation means higher opportunity cost of having kids.

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