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by yoni45
Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ticketed for going 2 MPH under limit in fast lane
Replies: 74
Views: 7947

Re: Ticketed for going 2 MPH under limit in fast lane

This would be nice if police officers in your country actually maintained common decency in terms what they ticket people for. You've already got cops giving people ridiculous speeding tickets in the fast lane when their speed is safe (even if above limit). Now people are actually cheering to give ...
by yoni45
Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ticketed for going 2 MPH under limit in fast lane
Replies: 74
Views: 7947

Re: Ticketed for going 2 MPH under limit in fast lane

This would be nice if police officers in your country actually maintained common decency in terms what they ticket people for. You've already got cops giving people ridiculous speeding tickets in the fast lane when their speed is safe (even if above limit). Now people are actually cheering to give c...
by yoni45
Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reddit Founder Dead
Replies: 43
Views: 6095

Re: Reddit Founder Dead

Pez, Mandela led a terrorist organization that fucking murdered people ... Note I never implied otherwise... Earlier, Pez said: "Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela were both, in the broadest sense, arrested for not being white." If "not being white" was the cause for arrest "in ...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fired for being hot
Replies: 86
Views: 14727

Re: Fired for being hot

In practice, this will result in people coming up with various creative ways of describing how people were "bad at their job" in some way. Actually, that isn't what happens if the experience of the UK and Europe are anything to go by; Instead, employers simply tend not to fire people for ...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fired for being hot
Replies: 86
Views: 14727

Re: Fired for being hot

Her lawyer was an idiot. He should have made this a sexual-harassment case... Because you know, screw honesty; let's just sue for whatever might stick. Lawyer probably should've also suggested she file a rape claim based on some moment that the two were alone, so that it's just her word against his...
by yoni45
Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...
Replies: 40
Views: 8674

Re: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...

I know that there are multiple sects in Islam, it seems improper for one group to be able to specify for all others what is allowed. If there are liberal mosques that are unaffiliated with this council, they ought to be able to do what they want. Moreover how does one legally define the term Mosque...
by yoni45
Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Tyndmyr wrote:It won't stop shootings like this one, because it obviously didn't stop this one.


This is incredibly faulty reasoning.
by yoni45
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

this tangent came about because you were asking someone else if they'd be fine with their neighbor having a tank next door...which, seems to suggest that you have some specific concern about the nature of the weapon in question...which is totaly someone arguing that the nature of the weapon should ...
by yoni45
Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Tyndmyr wrote:Here's the point: If owning a tank is so economically undesirable ...


That has nothing to do with what you were responding to -- hence, "talking past".
by yoni45
Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

I tried that path -- apparently mounting heavy machine guns aimed at schools and keeping fully functional tanks in one's driveway was something that people saw nothing wrong with. You can own tanks now. Sure, you're supposed to disable the main gun, but it's still a tank. Realistically, basically n...
by yoni45
Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371124

Re: Gun Control

No, I'm pretty sure it's still in the realm of ridiculous hypothetical. Don't see how -- we've diluted it to nuclear weapons (which exist) and potential research into use of nuclear weapons to propel interstellar spacecraft (which exists). EJP's whole point is that, apart from machine guns firing t...
by yoni45
Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Seriously, there's a whole range of weapons that would need to be legalized for civilian ownership before nukes would be on the table, and frankly, I doubt citizens could really afford nukes anyway. It's just not realistic. I tried that path -- apparently mounting heavy machine guns aimed at school...
by yoni45
Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371124

Re: Gun Control

Oh? Come now, if that's our only shot at interstellar travel, it's definitely worth it. The earth will die in time, as our sun expands. The rest of the solar system will eventually go as well. If we want the human race to survive beyond that point, we need interstellar travel. I'd say the survival ...
by yoni45
Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371124

Re: Gun Control

I can't agree. The benefits to accessibility of interstellar space, interstellar colonization, far outweigh any potential misuse. Unfortunate; I'd say (and most would probably would agree) that the possibility accessibility of interstellar space would not make it okay to make nuclear weapons even c...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371124

Re: Gun Control

As soon as I read that, I couldn't help but break into a smile. I'm literally giggling like a school-girl right now. You've basically just described an Orion propulsion system . Which is, unless there's a fundamental breakthrough in quantum physics, the ideal tool to enable human exploration of the...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371124

Re: Gun Control

The cost and accessibility of the latter would render it's use in mass slaughter almost non existent whereas anyone can camp out on a rooftop with a rifle... For one, you don't know that -- we're in ridiculous hypothetical land, and since we're here I may as well point out that recent advances in n...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

no, but it's being argued that the nature of the weapon in question is somehow MORE important than the person that owns it... ...so, to the nuclear bomb thing, i wouldn't care too much if canada had one because i have no reason to believe they're going to blow me up, but i DO care if iran has one b...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371124

Re: Gun Control

Sure. I'm not disagreeing with the idea that some firearms are more suitable for committing massacres that others. What I'm saying is that there's no firearm that is more suitable for committing massacres than that same firearm is for legitimate purposes. I don't know how true that is, but the two ...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

...why do i have to care if it's a minute fraction of society? It would lend perspective on your position in a manner that wouldn't be completely useless to the discussion. Nobody here argues whether it's okay for some people sometimes to have certain firearms -- the question is about whether the d...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 42499

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

I agree with Knight that we should have oversight of operations that aren't a clear and present danger to us, but he seems to think that the current air strikes in Pakistan and Yemen constitute an emergency. Well, if the window of opportunity is extremely limited, it, in a sense, is a rather urgent...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

What kind of criteria do you envision for ownership of a nuclear bomb? "not being iran"? See now, I'd have a problem with anyone that isn't Iran being allowed to keep a nuclear bomb in their basement... =P Seriously though, would you any kind of criteria you envision make it practically a...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

or, more reasonably, there should be a set of criteria that would allow someone to know whether or not any one person should be assumed to be more or less responsible with any given item. you know, like drivers licenses, to get one of those you have to like, pass a class! What kind of criteria do y...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

That line of reasoning is flawed, but there is nevertheless something to a line of reasoning that accounts for the potential for deadly use weighed against potential for valuable use. This isn't that line of reasoning though. There's no accounting being done here, just blind assumption. Lay off the...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...
Replies: 40
Views: 8674

Re: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...

Well if an individual mosque does what it wants, couldn't the Muslim Council just kick the mosque out of its council (or whatever) under the intended language? Further, if there was a legal ban in place on the Muslim Council, couldn't a single mosque just leave the council to circumvent the ban if ...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

i'd love to know where the guy bought it from if he registered it, it's known he has it, and he isn't known to be more likely to use the bomb than anyone else...sure he can have it and sit on it every day butt nekkid eating donuts if he likes. I guess this is just a fundamental premise that we both...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

i wouldn't have a problem with someone having a tank in their driveway, unless that person has been shown to be somehow MORE likely than anyone else to go on a killing spree in a tank. having a tank and killing other people with a tank aren't exactly the same thing. i also have no problem with some...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

The comparison with cars, hammers, axes, whatever is a complete red herring. These have perfectly proper and valuable uses although rarely, all can cause injury accidentally or deliberately. As far as I'm aware, an automatic pistol has only one use, to kill people rapidly. This line of reasoning is...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...
Replies: 40
Views: 8674

Re: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...

I find it really bizarre that a religious organisation would specifically ask the government to forbid it from doing something. Perhaps they fear that without it they may one day be forced to do thing it? Either way it seems to be granting the government more power over them, which is something mos...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...
Replies: 40
Views: 8674

Re: UK Muslims demand gay marriage exemption...

All other religious bodies get to choose for themselves (since they are not a part of government) and are neither obliged nor forbidden from performing such ceremonies. Indeed all faith groups get protection so that they are not obliged. now this is where it gets weird.... The Muslim Council of Bri...
by yoni45
Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

*BANG BANG* EIIIIEAAAH ARGH EEEE *BANG BANG* Principal- 'What the fuck is going on?' *BANG BANG BANG* Principal- 'OH SHIT! Quick, gun in the safe, hold on what's the combo again?!' *BANG BANG* Ugh *whimper* Principal- 'Ok, blue 42, green 33, seven 11, wait, no...' *BANG BANG BANG BANG* URK Principa...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

"I'm not sure Schools are preferred over other targets (malls, theaters, etc.), but I can certainly agree that they are targets that are worth preferentially hardening against such attacks. Some schools in the U.S. (And other parts of the world, notably Israel) have already begun allowing arme...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Your assumption is that gun violence is caused by a perfectly normal person who suffers some kind of random "breakdown". Such is not the case. Regular murders are overwhemingly done by a very, very small segment of people with a very, very violent past. Mass murders are done by those with...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Huh. Yet they still issue M16's -- fascinating. And irrelevant, the U.S. Military has been trying to replace them with higher caliber and more reliable alternatives for more than 40 years. You'll notice the M16 was never used to make a point about caliber or reliability, and I doubt the replacement...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

The reason they went from the A1 to the A2 was specifically to get people to slow down and burn less ammo. Now, doctrine is to teach new people not to even use the burst setting. It's good logic. If you're on target, one round in the target is great. Two follow up rounds somewhat above where you we...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

In depth? No. Basic familiarity will demonstrate that a machine gun is generally less lethal than it's semi auto counterpart, despite doing just that. Why? Well, it burns through ammo like mad, and rapid firing degrades accurately immensely via recoil. Hell, there's a large segment of the firearms ...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

I'm confused as to why people admit ignorance on a subject, yet see no problem with attempting to force their views on that subjects via law. Depends on the view -- you don't need in-depth knowledge of the subject to know that a firearm that can fire more bullets of equal or greater size at a faste...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Well, it's more to do with propaganda. The anti-gun lobby just wants o ban guns; they don't care about whether or not their laws will have an effect, because if they figure if they get one law passed the next will be easier. This is not how the politicians spun it, of course; lying to your face to ...
by yoni45
Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

EdgarJPublius wrote:But it's trickier even than that, because both rifles are actually *the same rifle*, a Ruger Mini-14 with different cosmetic accessories installed.


That sounds less "tricky" than it screams "incompetent legislation".
by yoni45
Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Most modern guns use detachable magazines rather than clips, which are a tool used for loading integrated magazines. Rifles are generally higher caliber than handguns (although .22 is traditionally a rifle caliber, and there are very large handgun calibers such as .50 AE and .500 S&W). The cali...
by yoni45
Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55610

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

No, that's pretty normal for any modern gun. Semi-automatic means it shoots once per trigger pull with no manual cycling of the action. For reference, this is also a semi-automatic rifle: I'd imagine a "semi-automatic rifle" tends to hold a large clip than a simple handgun, and is more le...

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