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by grendelkhan
Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Bush be charged with war crimes?
Replies: 64
Views: 7736

I sense shifting terrain.

Verschärfte Vernehmung You'll note that they violated their own rules. As did our troops. Please read the linked article; whenever you erase the bright and shining line that stands between civilized behavior and torture, attempts to scribble one in a little further along don't usually stick. Tortur...
by grendelkhan
Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Bush be charged with war crimes?
Replies: 64
Views: 7736

Justice demands it.

Huh? I read a page that listed the allowed "enhanced interrogation techniques" and they listed waterboarding, blows (not supposed to break bones), cold (not to dangerous levels), tiredness, isolation and similar things. I can't see how any of those could kill someone... In one of the must...
by grendelkhan
Fri Dec 12, 2008 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223551

Re: "Friends" Discussion

And the "nice guy/jerk" thing has been, rightfully, dismissed as a false dichotomy. One of the writers at my favorite blogging community did a very detailed takedown of that concept (I can't link because this is my first post, whee! :D but I don't mind), and sought to remind everyone that...
by grendelkhan
Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51386

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

I'm mining from way back in the thread, but I think this is important, so here 'tis. It's legal in the US to draw pictures of naked people, even ones that look underage. It's even legal to post them online. What's illegal is photographs. I honestly see no problem with this; if someone does could the...
by grendelkhan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is the effect of debt on our economy?
Replies: 42
Views: 42520

Debt on a national level.

Folks here haven't really addressed the effects of the national debt as proportion of GDP . Debt as it relates to personal finance is an interesting subject, and well worth discussion, but I'd like to write briefly on the national debt. The national debt is deferred taxes. When the nation needs mone...
by grendelkhan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination markets
Replies: 52
Views: 6109

Re: Assassination markets

grendelkhan, I miss your point. The reason the plan doesn't work is because crucial steps of it are illegal. The reason they are illegal is presumably that we do not like their outcomes. So the reason the plan won't work is that we do not like its outcomes. Well, yes, but the interesting part isn't...
by grendelkhan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination markets
Replies: 52
Views: 6109

Re: Assassination markets

Because the payoff is for knowing the date rather than performing the action of the assassin, it is substantially more difficult to assign criminal liability for the assassination. At the risk of repeating myself, while the first part of the statement is true, the second part is not. In the same wa...
by grendelkhan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination markets
Replies: 52
Views: 6109

Re: Assassination markets

Still, when someone buys a lot of stocks before a corporate good news is made public, a commission checks if a fraud did occur. If huge bets are made in favor of a small football club and their competitor's leader is killed just before the match, bets will probably not paid before an investigation ...
by grendelkhan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51386

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Personally, I think [the Dutch forum for pedophiles is] a great initiative, and I've read some good debates on there. Giving people a place to vent may prevent them from suppressing feelings until they snap. In my view this is more effective than mandate treatment, which even increases the suppress...
by grendelkhan
Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51386

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Apologies for my lateness on the reply; I'm attempting to catch up. Yes, but in this case, he isn't deceiving himself, nor can you say that in general people are. Some pedophiles do deceive themselves and rape children. But then again, some rapists deceive themselves and rape adults. Arguing that a ...
by grendelkhan
Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51386

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Consider the results of the publication of Rind et al. combined with the internet's ability to bring people with unpopular beliefs together into self-reinforcing echo chambers, and it's enough to make one quite nervous. This is true, but how is it relevant (I'm not trying to attack it; I really jus...
by grendelkhan
Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51386

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

I'm kind of fuzzy on why anyone should care so darn much about the difference between an "orientation" and a "disorder", particularly as these are subjective categories which have moved their borders within our lifetimes. It's quibbling over something which doesn't have any real ...
by grendelkhan
Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118676

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

2. Eventually, the discussion reaches an appropriate level of intellectual rigor. If you think that people taking as a given that a fetus is morally equivalent to a grown human being constitutes an "appropriate level of intellectual rigor", then I don't think that phrase means what you th...
by grendelkhan
Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination markets
Replies: 52
Views: 6109

Some thoughts, and an analogy.

It's a bit disappointing how many commenters are concluding that since the conclusions are grotesque, there must be something wrong with the process. It's very disappointing that people are attempting to critique the idea without even reading the article. It's not very long, and it addresses the mos...
by grendelkhan
Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 53083

No; you're wrong.

If you think that it's legal to burn iTunes music to CD just because it lets you, then you're saddly mistaken. I don't know about iTunes, but when Microsoft announced the end of support for PlaysForSure, they actually did officially recommend using the rip/burn cycle to strip their DRM. (I believe ...
by grendelkhan
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination markets
Replies: 52
Views: 6109

Re: Assassination markets

It's also subjecting politicians to life-or-death popularity contests. And it's also distributing the power of death on the basis of your bank account. Oh, hey, look, a reverse election where being rich equals having a LOT more votes. That's a great idea! Rich people need more political clout! You'...
by grendelkhan
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 53083

It's a shorter version of "the day the music died".

I'm reminded of Mark Pilgrim's the day the music died . I suppose it's way, way easier to get people to read a short comic helpfully narrated by Black Hat than to make them read through a more in-depth post, and some of the more explanatory comments below. I'm reasonably certain iTunes itself tells ...
by grendelkhan
Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Advantages of privatization of publically paid companies
Replies: 21
Views: 3996

Re: Advantages of privatization of publically paid companies

A canonical example of the inefficiency of privatization is the healthcare industry; overhead in private healthcare the overhead is around fifteen percent of costs, while Medicare overhead is roughly one-seventh of that. First, the book is from 1994; do you have a more modern source? You can read t...
by grendelkhan
Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A new breed of Armchair Intellectuals
Replies: 37
Views: 6509

This bugs me.

Actually, as I recall, a tool has been developed that keeps track of when certain IPs edit wikipedia, which helps keep track of when businesses or campaigns try to edit it... This bugs me something fierce. If you look at any article, there's a "history" tab at the top . Clicking on the 'c...
by grendelkhan
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Advantages of privatization of publically paid companies
Replies: 21
Views: 3996

Ah, humor.

See, that's odd, because in the United States privatization usually helps everyone out, (Power and Energy companies do on occasion screw people over, but they're much more efficient than a gov't could be), No, they're not, unless you have some kind of insane libertarian definition of "efficien...
by grendelkhan
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wet Riffs
Replies: 90
Views: 22272

Oh, look. Massive win.

It's even more awesome than I had imagined it would be. Thanks, Randall.
by grendelkhan
Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0322: "Pix plz"
Replies: 392
Views: 96911

Re: "Pix plz" Discussion

scwizard wrote:Ontopic: this comic will forever make me infinitely courteous to women I see on the internet
If that actually worked for everyone who read this strip, Randall would be the greatest internet superhero ever.
by grendelkhan
Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 53106

I should also mention that it's a relatively well-documented reaction of people who do horrible things in the service of the state (I'm thinking of one particular state here, but there's no reason it doesn't apply to others)--rather than focusing on the suffering of their victims, they focus on how...
by grendelkhan
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is proof?
Replies: 20
Views: 3430

I've also seen this popping up.

Forgive me if I assume too much, but I sometimes argue with creationists, and this tends to come up in the context of "all your evidence is based on fallible human knowledge, but I get my capital-T Truth from Jesus himself, which makes it superior". As I don't have the postcount to post li...
by grendelkhan
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 53106

Does it?

Babylon 5 has some very serious mystical overtones. Does it really? I see this mentioned a lot, because the characters have religious beliefs, but it's not touched on whether they're true or not. Mystical mumbo-jumbo is either spoken by true believers who act on it but don't receive deus ex machina...
by grendelkhan
Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 53106

A big *pshaw!* to the fellow who said that Ender's Game is geek fiction about killing bullies. And one right back to you. I think the book does a pretty good job of giving Ender's (accidental) killings the appropriate negative atmosphere. If I remember correctly, Ender never finds out about the res...
by grendelkhan
Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3483746

Let her have one! Girl sounds like someone I don't want to have puppies. XD Well, to be fair, she's getting one precisely because she doesn't want puppies. And I fear I've cast my significant other in a poor light now--because I'm somewhat isolated, I don't talk to many other people; thus, both the...
by grendelkhan
Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3483746

Actual conversation.

She: I want an IED.
I: No you don't.
She: No, really, I do.
I: I assure you, you don't.
She: I read about them and everything.
I: You want an IUD. An IED is a roadside bomb.
She: What'd I say?
by grendelkhan
Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 53106

I never understood why Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind never got as much hype as Ender's Game. They were certainly deeper, even if their writing style wasn't as accessible to children. Perhaps because the rest of the books weren't disgusting power fantasies about becoming Je...
by grendelkhan
Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0305: "Rule 34"
Replies: 196
Views: 113421

CC licenses can't be revoked.

radiantthought wrote:Obviously, with the rights signed over to UFS, it will no longer be published under Creative Commons, and all previous strips will be retroactively un-CC'd and relicensed under UFS terms.
CC licenses are irrevocable.

Yes, I know it's a joke. But still.

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