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by diamonds
Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 23570

Re: 0871: "Charity"

Something called Marginal Utility would be worth pointing out.
by diamonds
Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What is wrong with Other M?
Replies: 75
Views: 11743

Re: What is wrong with Other M?

That's a stretch, and it's easy to miss the x-ray. And let's not forget, some of us *cough* Me *cough* are somewhat afraid of turning the damn thing on. Mainly the Chozo ghosts, they freak me the heck out. But the puzzle itself is still rather simple, and there's a simple way to test whether or not...
by diamonds
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A different voting system... Juror-style voters
Replies: 48
Views: 5891

Re: A different voting system... Juror-style voters

Such a system would be perfectly constitutional in the US (as I read it), most states could probably implement it without any amendments whatsoever. States get to decide voter qualifications (except for some criteria listed in the Constitution, mostly in its amendments) and they can say only randoml...
by diamonds
Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Make your own deficit reduction plan
Replies: 46
Views: 4095

Re: Make your own deficit reduction plan

The entire premise is wrong, it's assuming that debt alone is bad, and nothing else is. But what is decreasing the deficit going to do? Households have to balance their budget, I've heard, but households are also not allowed to steal their income from other people with the threat of violence/jail ti...
by diamonds
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fixed fines create class justice?
Replies: 72
Views: 9490

Re: Fixed fines create class justice?

I feel like no one even read my post, I'm speechless. But lets look at those numbers a different way. ... I put this argument in econ-speak. What is being said is that if you have more income, the opportunity cost of a speeding ticket is lower and therefore, somehow, we need to increase the fine to ...
by diamonds
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fixed fines create class justice?
Replies: 72
Views: 9490

Re: Fixed fines create class justice?

Let's introduce some terms to the definitions we are trying to use, here. Trying to create "class justice" or otherwise have different justice based on your "class", race, etc, is called social justice . Social justice flies directly in the face of equal justice under law , where...
by diamonds
Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: using biology to defend civil rights
Replies: 59
Views: 7793

Re: using biology to defend civil rights

It's not the creation of "additional rights". In the case of suffrage, it expanded the class of "citizens" to include women. That class also had to be expanded to include blacks, who at one point were considered only fractional citizens. Guaranteeing equal access to the civil pr...
by diamonds
Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Debt blame
Replies: 41
Views: 5585

Re: US Debt blame

1) both houses are not always the same party ... How is this a problem? How is that infeasible? How would that be misleading? Since Congress has sole authority for all matters constitutional, it would at least be fair to examine the political makeup of Congress, and to boil it down to a single part...
by diamonds
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US: Universal National Service Act
Replies: 57
Views: 6707

Re: US: Universal National Service Act

all those years of free services. Free services do not rain down from the heavens with the expectation that you will preform some arbitrary service later on. It's paid for by people who volunteer to do it, in exchange for money forcefully plundered from other individuals, depriving them of opportun...
by diamonds
Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28171

Re: Market Anarchy

I don't think there are any market anarchists here. I would respond, look around. At the very worst the ideology between liberalism and anarchism is only almost identical, what is the difference between a state that doesn't initiate coercion for taxes or favors, and simply no coercive institutions ...
by diamonds
Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: using biology to defend civil rights
Replies: 59
Views: 7793

Re: using biology to defend civil rights

... In the push to equalize marriage and to be allowed to live "normal" lives... Would presenting the idea that current laws have the government restricting freedom of choice get any traction? Or does the whole religious underpinning to the homophobia mean that only biological determinism...
by diamonds
Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Debt blame
Replies: 41
Views: 5585

Re: US Debt blame

...Now, I have serious problems blaming the president for the national debt entirely though they do probably have the largest share in the responsibility for a number of reasons. ... Democrats 9.0% Republicans 68.3% If you are going to tally up by political party, you really ought to do it by congr...
by diamonds
Fri May 07, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teabagger Contract
Replies: 59
Views: 7157

Re: Teabagger Contract

This makes some really big assumptions about spending habits and the amount of money that people have access to and the way in which their spending habits are effected by the amount of money they have access to. It's the whole "what would you do with a thousand dollars?" question next to ...
by diamonds
Fri May 07, 2010 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Welcome to Arizona. I hope you brought ID.
Replies: 185
Views: 23490

Re: Welcome to Arizona. I hope you brought ID.

It violates the doctrine of innocent until proven guilty, for one. If police decide to question you - something they can do under the nebulous, nigh-impossible to disprove (ask a defense lawyer) "reasonable suspicion" - and you can't demonstrate that you are innocent, you are guilty. This...
by diamonds
Fri May 07, 2010 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teabagger Contract
Replies: 59
Views: 7157

Re: Teabagger Contract

This just in: diamonds is also of the delusion that reducing revenue increases profit (or decreases deficit, it's the same thing). No, my point was one sentence and very beautiful, and you did nothing to refute it. All spending must lead to some sort of taxes eventually, either through taxes/some s...
by diamonds
Fri May 07, 2010 1:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teabagger Contract
Replies: 59
Views: 7157

Re: Teabagger Contract

Cleary we need to balance the budget by eliminating taxes. Morons. So we reduce any dissent we may have to name-calling. Lovely. All spending must lead to taxes eventually, furthermore, all spending and borrowing crowds out private spending: Each dollar spent/borrowed by government crowds out an eq...
by diamonds
Fri May 07, 2010 12:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Welcome to Arizona. I hope you brought ID.
Replies: 185
Views: 23490

Re: Welcome to Arizona. I hope you brought ID.

I can't think of any ways to try and phrase this bill as being any more racist than people here already have. Who has actually read it? Anyone care to name specifically which liberties is is infringing upon (there is a correct answer to this question, but no one has been able to identify one for me)...
by diamonds
Thu May 06, 2010 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Accenture Stock Drops to 1 Cent for 2 Minutes
Replies: 15
Views: 4305

Re: Accenture Stock Drops to 1 Cent for 2 Minutes

This had to be due to some sort of computer glitch, and some person(s)/corporation(s)/entity(s) probably just lost a boatload of money (although it may ultimately end up that no trades actually occurred at the penny prices). Too bad I didn't have a standing limit order for 10000 shares at $0.02 eac...
by diamonds
Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP senators refuse to work past two
Replies: 123
Views: 11514

Re: GOP senators refuse to work past two

But the new use of the filibuster, simply to ensure that 60 votes are required to pass just about everything, is ridiculous, unintended, and strictly against the majority rule foundation of democracy. The senate has not ever been about majority rule. It's the classic myth of American democracy, it ...
by diamonds
Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP senators refuse to work past two
Replies: 123
Views: 11514

Re: GOP senators refuse to work past two

I was thinking specifically of Republicans using filibusters, which Democrats countered with reconciliation--a case of one evil canceling another out. You imply that filibusters are evil or wrong. Even if they were evil doesn't cancel evil. Sure, they are aggravating, but that's been the tradition ...
by diamonds
Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Replies: 19
Views: 3801

Re: Fantastic Mr. Fox

The scene with the train was my absolute favorite. All of the scenes featuring Ash and Kristofferson are really amazing. I would say that's my favorite after the lab scene ("You're supposed to be my lab partner"). It's that sequence that I was referring to, the tension built up with Ash r...
by diamonds
Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18938

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

Namely, that maximizing profit is the same thing as satisfying customers That's not quite true, it depends on your definition of profit. There are monetary profits, and there are psychic profits . If Microsoft or Exxon started giving away free money with every purchase, that would surely satisfy cu...
by diamonds
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Replies: 19
Views: 3801

Re: Fantastic Mr. Fox

I almost vomited when I saw the trailer. The animation style looked intriguing and whimsical enough to carry a Roald Dahl story, but the voice cast? Who needs Oceans Eleven played out through foxes? But then, I've really hated Clooney since Batman & Robin I'm not one for big names either, but t...
by diamonds
Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Oscar Nominations
Replies: 54
Views: 7157

Re: Oscar Nominations

I have no problem with Avatar, and I wouldn't be shocked if it won, it's no secret the big movies tend to win. If you have one of those rare movies that is both good and strikes the box office big, which I think Avatar is (at the very least it isn't bad), previously Return of the King, etc, you have...
by diamonds
Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poll for Government Class
Replies: 25
Views: 1887

Re: Poll for Government Class

And polls, especially ones like this, make it easy to misrepresent opinions. Simple wording changes can change the answer you get, because, well, you are asking a different question. You also have to deal with ambiguous answers: I'm against all government marriages, where does that put me? The poll ...
by diamonds
Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The most beautiful animation you've ever seen?
Replies: 90
Views: 21962

Re: The most beautiful animation you've ever seen?

Hands down this belongs to Fantastic Mr. Fox (play that in HD, on the lower right corner, if possible). The close ups are unbelievably gorgeous. An amazing use of color, scenery, attention to detail, expressions/emotions, and there is something about stop-motion fur that just blows away clay or CGI....
by diamonds
Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will the US debt be resolved?
Replies: 198
Views: 19708

Re: How will the US debt be resolved?

Only part of it was Bush's policies - the rest was the decreased revenues from the whole "worst recession since the Great Depression" thing. See this chart from this Freakonomics post : Which looks to be framed quite more partisan than the NYT source, which is no surprise seeing it is com...
by diamonds
Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Problem with lack of Inflation
Replies: 12
Views: 2155

Re: The Problem with lack of Inflation

But at the same time, I cannot help but think that "money sitting around doing nothing" is bad for the economy. Money, especially fiat money, has no productive capacity in and of itself. It is not capital, it cannot produce value. Money, by definition, has a primary use for exchange. (If ...
by diamonds
Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Healthcare Reform: What stops the gov't from going further?
Replies: 47
Views: 6012

Re: Pro-Obamacare-ites: What stops the gov't from going further?

there are quite a few examples of the US going to war without declaring war and tapping communications without warrants. If you were being ironic, I apologise for being too dense. Exactly right. I thought I made that clear, I was giving examples on what has happened when we pick and choose what the...
by diamonds
Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Healthcare Reform: What stops the gov't from going further?
Replies: 47
Views: 6012

Re: Pro-Obamacare-ites: What stops the gov't from going further?

While you're points are certainly valid, you've missed a very important point. The law does not follow the Constitution as written, it follows it as interpreted by the Supreme Court. Look up McCulloch v Maryland , and you'll see what this clause means today. True. The supreme court, despite the con...
by diamonds
Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Healthcare Reform: What stops the gov't from going further?
Replies: 47
Views: 6012

Re: Pro-Obamacare-ites: What stops the gov't from going further?

The federal government cannot issue marriage licenses. The bill is authorized under the "necessary and proper" clause of the Constitution, Article One, Section Eight, Clause 18. That's the first attempt I have heard, after throwing the questions at dozens of people including two congressm...
by diamonds
Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Healthcare Reform: What stops the gov't from going further?
Replies: 47
Views: 6012

Re: Pro-Obamacare-ites: What stops the gov't from going further?

Slippery Slope is by definition a logical falacy. If you take small enough steps, you can show whatever leads to anything you want. It's completely without logical merit and should be laughed out of debate class. You fail. The slippery slope is a perfectly good argument. Keep in mind it isn't a log...
by diamonds
Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Limbaugh style holocaust denial
Replies: 36
Views: 4265

Re: Limbaugh style holocaust denial

It's denying the series of events that lead to the Holocaust. He's not saying the holocaust never happened, he's just distorting WHY it happened. Still, he's denying the causes which is just as bad as denying the events to me. It seems akin to victim blaming. He's shifting responsibility. What he d...
by diamonds
Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: HTML 5 and XHTML 2
Replies: 65
Views: 7638

Re: HTML 5 and XHTML 2

"Reasonable, semantic markup" turned out to be one of those things that would be wonderful for documentation/language parsing geeks and no use to anyone else. Making 95% of the web population rewrite all their pages and upgrade their browsers just because the other 5% think it would be go...
by diamonds
Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 45960

Re: Re:

Rights are, from the (classical-)liberal standpoint, derived from our creator and ownership of ourselves. Killing something that owns itself would be a violation of property rights. So, do animals own themselves? If they do, what about plants? Bacteria? Robots? Rocks? Molecules? Consider that animal...
by diamonds
Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Debt and the Economic Crisis
Replies: 45
Views: 6764

Re: National Debt and the Economic Crisis

There's almost no way these trillions won't have an effect. Well, there is a way. Banks and all kinds of institutions have been deleveraging like crazy, and that takes away trillions at the same time. What happens if they sell their dollars? What happens if China dumps their dollars? We have more t...
by diamonds
Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Debt and the Economic Crisis
Replies: 45
Views: 6764

Re: National Debt and the Economic Crisis

1) In your example, you failed, IMHO, to recognize the benefit the economy received when that contractor "hired more employees". Now if that contractor lured those employees out of another productive field, then yes there can be consequences. But if those were unemployed workers, then at ...
by diamonds
Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Debt and the Economic Crisis
Replies: 45
Views: 6764

Re: National Debt and the Economic Crisis

Since the rich are FAR more likely to save portions of their income than poor people who will spend it all... Deflation is worse than inflation. ... Inflation doesn't happen across the board all at the same time, while of course prices always change, the across the board inflation happens because o...
by diamonds
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Debt and the Economic Crisis
Replies: 45
Views: 6764

Re: National Debt and the Economic Crisis

You can also reduce the money supply by taxing people ... and then burning the money. Poof, away goes the money. That would just add to the problems. The problem right now isn't too much money, because there is no ideal size of money (the number on the money doesn't matter), it is that the capital ...
by diamonds
Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5344

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

Capitalism ultimately fails because it doesn't account for human nature. Capitalism assumes each individual will work in his/her own best interests. To achieve this, each individual must have information enabling them to decide what is best for them. Unfortunately, people will act selfishly and dis...

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