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by marky66
Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nominating the ISS Partnership for the Nobel Peace Prize
Replies: 22
Views: 8673

Re: Nominating the ISS Partnership for the Nobel Peace Prize

The ISS may be a peaceful collaboration, but its influence on peace is no more (and is probably far less) that the existence of foreign embassies throughout the world. It's a symbol of international cooperation that has actually managed to stay active during times of tension between the states invo...
by marky66
Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tax percentage calculations
Replies: 32
Views: 11498

Re: Tax percentage calculations

Not sure if this is considered OT or not, but isn't the same thing true regarding how banks/credit companies present the various interest rates on credit cards, loans, and savings accounts? Telling you the APR vs the APY can mislead the consumer into thinking they are getting a better deal, since n...
by marky66
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tax percentage calculations
Replies: 32
Views: 11498

Re: Tax percentage calculations

If you sell me an $80 part at 20% sales tax, I'm out $100. You get $80, and the govt gets $20. However, that $80 you just got needs to be taxed as income under this model. If income tax is 25%, you now have to give another $20 to the government, leaving you with only $60. Oh... but wait.... what di...
by marky66
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nominating the ISS Partnership for the Nobel Peace Prize
Replies: 22
Views: 8673

Re: Nominating the ISS Partnership for the Nobel Peace Prize

But I would very much hope that there are more worthy candidates for the peace prize. You mean like a newly elected US president, based on little more than a speech where he said that war is kinda bad? Or, in other words, the ISS is actually a peaceful collaborative effort between rivals. If you th...
by marky66
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 61637

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

What you refuse to consider, is that as bad as the system is, that there may be no better option. How 'bout this. Intentionally trying to have a baby while you are unable to support yourself could be automatically assumed to be fraud and/or evidence of being an unfit parent. Yes, in a LOT of cases,...
by marky66
Fri May 25, 2012 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1093823

Re: Police misbehavior thread

FWIW, in a radio interview with the police department's chief, the chief said that his officer had full discretion to not give a ticket for the insurance card "infraction." The officer's deciding not to use that discretion suggests that he is a jerk.
by marky66
Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?
Replies: 238
Views: 33858

Re: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?

The business owner should absolutely reap all the surplus rewards of his investment, for the simple reason that he is taking all the risk. For one thing, the employee can up and leave when he wants, but closing down a factory is not a simple process. Property leases and capital equipment inventory a...
by marky66
Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 90556

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Great, I forgot to actually click 'submit' yesterday and now everyone has gotten back on topic. So I'll spoiler it: Regarding the extradition, in my mind there is little difference whether you actually touch a country's soil or merely exert some influence on the electrons inside a server that is...
by marky66
Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?
Replies: 94
Views: 17321

Re: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?

OT, but I gotta ask:
Spoiler:
Shahriyar wrote:Heck, according to Christian lore, infants that can speak, and give you lessons in morality and religion (never mind highways), aren't exactly unheard of XD

What Christian lore is that?
by marky66
Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 63397

Re: Firearms

17-45? Yay, I'm in a militia! or is it "I am a militia"? [Offtopic] I think Shariyar is confused by the wording considering it is an older form of English. The problem is that translation is open to interpretation. We would end up with a Bastardized constitution open to further interpreta...
by marky66
Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reigious institutions exempt from discrimination laws
Replies: 36
Views: 5994

Re: Reigious institutions exempt from discrimination laws

Jave D wrote:[Churches] don't have to have organizational structures compliant with state and federal business standards (i.e. corporations and LLCs etc).

I guess it depends where you are. In my state, churches do have to be organized and run as businesses.
by marky66
Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Divorce Law Reform
Replies: 34
Views: 6103

Re: Divorce Law Reform

CorruptUser wrote:But if winning $X means stores everywhere take action to reduce the chance of people slipping, the economy improves.

But if someone winning $X means stores everywhere have to put ridiculous "caution - hot" warnings on coffee, the economy worsens. You're back to zero-sum...
by marky66
Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taxes and Spending, decoupled
Replies: 40
Views: 6604

Re: Taxes and Spending, decoupled

Health care, food, shelter, etc. are goods and services, not rights. Terminology. At the very least, such things are “essential” goods and services. If you truly believe it’s right and proper for a government to allows some of its people to starve, when there is enough food for all of them, then we...
by marky66
Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Abortion doesn't increase risk of mental health problems
Replies: 23
Views: 3355

Re: Abortion doesn't increase risk of mental health problems

This was ever a concern? The only long term risk of abortion I've ever heard was the increased rate of breast cancer, which was shown to be false? While the study you link says says [Induced or spontaneous] abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk. it also says Early age at...
by marky66
Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another reason to dislike PayPal
Replies: 30
Views: 4249

Re: Another reason to dislike PayPal

Money transfers should be a basic service provided by the federal government. No interest, no fees, no profit, no blacklisting. It would be just like mailing cash, only without the risk and without the expense of physically shipping something. Also, legal-tender laws requiring that federal digital ...
by marky66
Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AL reconsidering immigration law; rich white guy arrested
Replies: 62
Views: 8271

Re: AL reconsidering immigration law; rich white guy arreste

It's a story because they're considering changing their laws because they've inconvenienced a white influential business person which certainly seems to imply that there's an element of racism zero-tolerance, aka stupidity in the focus of their law. Fixed? Or you can just go on seeing racism in eve...
by marky66
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another case of "fired over Facebook post"
Replies: 117
Views: 14016

Re: Another case of "fired over Facebook post"

Hm, I guess the disagreement is just that I think calling poor, disadvantaged six-year-olds, "future criminals" is a lot worse than you guys do. To me, that's worse than any of the other things listed here. It just seems like such a cynical and cruel attitude. Appears I'm alone in that, t...
by marky66
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another case of "fired over Facebook post"
Replies: 117
Views: 14016

Re: Another case of "fired over Facebook post"

yoni45 wrote:Racist ... comments inherently put into question the teacher's ability to treat ... minority students fairly.

So you cannot be a racist if you are a minority?
by marky66
Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic
Replies: 82
Views: 9576

Re: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic

But that is your heartbreak, not the child's. I find your claim to be more presumptuous than his. You don't know what these children are feeling/thinking. Making a judgement based on your experiences as a non-autistic human being is the only context from which you can judge this; as pointed out num...
by marky66
Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic
Replies: 82
Views: 9576

Re: New Research: Autism is likely Genetic

And even if it's not for the parent's sake, what about the child's? There are certainly disabilities that dramatically reduce the quality of life of a child (and some that make them die very young), and I don't really see a problem of making sure a hypothetical person doesn't have to go through tha...
by marky66
Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 582481

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Czhorat wrote:
Bring on the inevitable 'the bible is a lie' comments.


That isn't a set of independent sources. That is ONE source claiming independent observers.

Actually the bible is a collection of books written by a bunch of different people, and compiled for convenience.
by marky66
Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Casey Anthony Trial - Not Guilty
Replies: 85
Views: 11595

Re: Casey Anthony Trial - Not Guilty

And now it's getting some legislative attention. Caylee's Law being drafted in 4 states. The proposed law(s) would make it a felony for a parent or guardian to not report a child's death within a timely manner. 24 hours for a death, 48 hours if a child under 12 runs away or goes missing. Why again ...
by marky66
Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled
Replies: 63
Views: 7936

Re: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled

No, the window shades are raised so your eyes can become accustomed to the light/darkness outside the plane, so if you have to evacuate you won't be blinded (and thus getting in the way) when you step out the door. How precisely does one get accustomed to darkness by opening the shade? Does the ext...
by marky66
Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 13956

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

I play it better . Good for you. If I am playing such a game, that is not my intention. I don't have any studies saying these places are beneficial. The arguments that they are universally bad are weak or - at best - poorly cited. But apparently because some of them engage in a practice that is ant...
by marky66
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 13956

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

Sorry I recognize that "anti-gay" in the title but all the references seemed to be to centers for at-risk behvior
by marky66
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 13956

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

And OK, I read the list again and fixed it: Bell Academy in California (shut down in 2003 after issues with state Social Services) [11] "Issues" not defined, and not cited. "After" is not the same thing as "because of." Quoting something someone else said does n...
by marky66
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 13956

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

I am not trying to dispute that some of these camps were engaged in abusive practices. However: Individual abusers do not indict the institution. There have been cases of abusive teachers or administrators in public schools. Does that mean that the school or the school district is guilty of institut...
by marky66
Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 13956

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

Yes, crap. Case in point: "Casa By The Sea, Ensenada, Mexico (investigated and shut down by the Mexican government after allegations of abuse; raided by Mexican authorities on Sept. 10, 2004)[18]" While it is true that the place was investigated and shut down, the Wiki is disingenuously co...
by marky66
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 13956

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

Raided does not mean "guilty." Closed could be for any number of reasons; it is left for the reader to assume they were closed for the reasons they are complaining about, and that's what disappoints me about the whole thing; I expect this community to see through that crap and no one seems...
by marky66
Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 13956

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

Google, and the wikipedia link from LaserGuy, seem to return a ton of information about claims and allegations, not what a reasonable person should consider evidence.
by marky66
Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 13956

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

Sorry I must have missed the link to that evidence.
by marky66
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 29774

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

Even the "right to legal counsel" (which I don't consider a fundamental right by itself, but could understand an argument that it is neccesary for a fair trial in most places) can be cast this way, since if you never arrest/charge/try someone, you can't violate the right not to be punishe...
by marky66
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps
Replies: 92
Views: 13956

Re: Anti-Gay Concentration Camps

While I don't doubt that places like those described exist, where is the challenge to these claims for which xkcd is otherwise so consistent? Consider: Some parents who feel they have an out-of-control situation with their children, enlist help from outsiders. Adolescents almost universally reject a...
by marky66
Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6564

Re: The Price of Taxing the Rich

Progressive systems are the only way to ensure that the tax burden falls squarely where it belongs--on the rich, who can afford it and benefit disproportionately from government. Arguments that the rich benefit disproportionately ignore the fact that the rich also provide us not-rich with jobs, foo...
by marky66
Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
Replies: 164
Views: 29789

Re: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states

Garm wrote:Glad to see the Republicans are creating jobs, energizing the economy, and shrinking the government like the promised.

whoever wrote the article wrote:Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
(emphasis mine)
What specific Republican promises are you referring to?
by marky66
Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Burrito Rage.
Replies: 49
Views: 3830

Re: Burrito Rage.

The Reaper wrote:Heh. Some people are fucktarded. This is San Antonio, and he's going to taco bell for tacos/burritos? That's vile.

I have to agree with you here. How does Taco Bell even stay in business in San Antonio?
by marky66
Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 582481

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I have been Very Busy for the past few weeks and have not been able to read this thread as fast as people contribute and I had to skip over a few pages, so I apologize if this has been covered. Indoctrination harms our well-being You keep stating this as if it is an established fact. What is your ba...
by marky66
Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Int
Replies: 90
Views: 8532

Re: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered

The problem isn't government regulation as a whole. The problem is government regulation that works backwards; that is, it protects the rights of business to shaft consumers rather the rights of consumers to a fair and open marketplace. The problem with government regulation, period, is that the re...
by marky66
Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 582481

Re: Religion: The Deuce

On String Theory, oddly enough I saw this . Kinda Makes you wonder. It was interesting how the rebuttal to the question of whether Religion destroys wonder was sidestepped. Generalization about any topic tends to have the effect of painting an idea with the brush of generalization. Therefore if Rel...
by marky66
Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 582481

Re: Religion: The Deuce

... I don't think it's been shown that anything fundamental to religion is an impediment to this area. except the bit where you're asked to believe in an unverifiable statement, as fact, without question or inspection (yes yes not all religious practices do this, but most do, and it's indeed a fund...

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