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by yelly
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Israel

I am suggesting you pack your bags and move away from people that hate you. You know... like after the holocost. Move to my neighborhood and plant some shrubs. I am sorry I am pulling up an argument from further up the page, but no one has addressed this one. Are you really saying this? Along you l...
by yelly
Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?
Replies: 289
Views: 27144

Re: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?

I see beauty in the things I understand, as well as the recurrence of certain principles or concepts throughout different fields. However, some would attribute things they do understand (such as how amazingly mathematical physics is) to evidence of a divine hand, which I think is counterintuitive. ...
by yelly
Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?
Replies: 289
Views: 27144

Re: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?

This is basically my point. They serve different purposes. But they do overlap, in the sense that religion really does try to explain physical phenomenons. But I think this is happening less and religion's claims on reality are retreating to safer realms. Well, in my opinion, they shouldn't overlap...
by yelly
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?
Replies: 289
Views: 27144

Re: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?

Personally, from reading this thread so far, I think we are approaching this question from the completely wrong direction. You are all assuming that religion and science exist in the same realm, and therefor might overlap/contradict each other. To me, this is a matter of what question I am asking wh...
by yelly
Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to kill?
Replies: 147
Views: 15746

Re: Is it right to kill?

What is usually missed in this type of debate is the second and third order consequences of the acts being discussed. I find your reasoning somewhat unsettling for some reasons, the main one of which is that your system doesn't actually address the core value of life, just the consequences of takin...
by yelly
Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to kill?
Replies: 147
Views: 15746

Re:

Looking at the big picture right or wrong doesn't really matter. In different times different humans thought differently about this. Thats how it's been before and thats how it will be in the future. What happens happens and what someone thinks about it doesn't matter... :wink: Someone might get ki...
by yelly
Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to kill?
Replies: 147
Views: 15746

Re: Is it right to kill?

I would like to stress several points regarding this issue: 1. The question of "is killing OK?" can easily become a question utilitarianism vs. classic moral ethics, so before anyone even begins to approach this question, one should ask himself "is killing inherently bad, or is it a m...
by yelly
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0601: "Game Theory"
Replies: 164
Views: 31991

Re: "Game Theory" Discussion

I actually ¡This cheese is burning me!'d. But this raises the question: If said computer played chess against itself, would it also end in a stalemate every time? Well, usually not actually, otherwise computer chess tournaments would be impossible. This will only be the situation if we ever "s...
by yelly
Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0495: "Secretary: Part 2"
Replies: 170
Views: 26967

Re: "Secretary: Part 2"

WHY IS "COMPLETELY" MISSING ITS "O"? The second I read the comic I noticed that there are a few missing/changed letters. Looks a lot like a code, but I can't quite get it. The ones I've found, in order: 1. NANCIENT (should be ancient, maybe the NA is part of the hidden message?)...
by yelly
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pancake Problem
Replies: 56
Views: 19699

Re: Pancake Problem

Well, for those who still don't believe the logic and the math, you should believe the result of experiment. I wrote the following script in applescript: set bCount to 0 set wCount to 0 repeat 10000 times set side to random number 5 if side is 0 or side is 1 then set bCount to bCount + 1 if side is ...
by yelly
Thu May 29, 2008 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XKCD article in the leading Israeli newssite
Replies: 2
Views: 1315

XKCD article in the leading Israeli newssite

The major Israeli newssite ynet.co.il just published an article about XKCD, claiming they have even interviewed randall by phone (I can only guess what that might have sounded like). link (warning, Hebrew) It always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to see these articles. I would be more than pleased to...
by yelly
Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0193: "The Perfect Sound"
Replies: 47
Views: 18469

Re:

I just ran into this topic again, and I realised what song it was that he was listening to. This is a big deal, as my grandfather's-brother wrote the lyrics to that song. It is always nice to see family member's get this kind of appreciation, and an appearance on XKCD is an honour of the highest ord...
by yelly
Sat Feb 23, 2008 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Replacement iPod drive (+more iPod hacking/upgrading)
Replies: 1
Views: 941

Replacement iPod drive (+more iPod hacking/upgrading)

I've tried finding help all over the place, and people aren't seeming very co-operative, so I am turning to the good people of XKCDia. My 4th gen 40gig monochrome iPod seems to have finally died. It won't boot (I get a sad face), won't mount (even when in disk mode) and the HD constantly sounds like...
by yelly
Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yes, a laser 300 times more powerful than the US power grid
Replies: 25
Views: 3898

Yes, a laser 300 times more powerful than the US power grid

Holy fuck. They just built a 300 fucking terawatt laser. That's a lot of flying squirrels.
by yelly
Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Revolutionary!
Replies: 54
Views: 6106

Re: Revolutionary!

I really love listening to music from the beginning(ish) of it's respective genre and just hearing how the music that was around at the time just turns into something new and incredible. The Clash's London Calling is a great example of that for me. You can hear the heavy jazz influence going on, but...
by yelly
Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Possible solution to the Palestinian situation

You can use nukes in the battlefield, to destroy lines of supply and the like. It just happens that nobody has had to. Nobody has used nuclear weapons in a war that they where losing. The only use of nuclear weapons in wartime was by the US in the war against Japan, where it was used as a mixture o...
by yelly
Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Possible solution to the Palestinian situation

@Yakk: nukes are not a defensive weapon, ever. False. They where used as a defensive weapon during the cold war. The USA explicitly said it would unleash nuclear fury on the Soviet Union if it attempted to advance on Western Europe. The Soviet forces for decades of the post-war period aligned in Ea...
by yelly
Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Possible solution to the Palestinian situation

watching the situation in Palestine is like watching Jr. High School. This is a ridiculous statement, watching any international or internal political situation is like watching a Jr. High School. Black kid: "hey white kid, stop being mean to me and let me in to your super secret Front Of The ...
by yelly
Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Israel

@Yakk: nukes are not a defensive weapon, ever. We have other threatening mid-range ballistics that are big enough to use as a threat. And then again, I don't really think the case in which Israel losses a conventional war is realistic. We are the biggest power in the region hands down, and to use lo...
by yelly
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Possible solution to the Palestinian situation

Declaring war does not mean you must occupy. Specific attacks on "military" targets would do quite well thank you very much. And I think we are capable of stopping rocket launching in this manner (see the disgrace of a war we waged in Lebanon, when we managed to stop the rockets despite th...
by yelly
Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Possible solution to the Palestinian situation

Notice that the Palestinians that breached the Egyptian wall aren't looting and rampaging as much as they're consuming and purchasing. They're visiting relatives they've not seen in a while and buying much-needed supplies. The "visitors" from Gaza are experiencing a taste of freedom for a...
by yelly
Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Israel

I never understood why Israel's nukes are so interesting. Yes, we have quite a few (there really is no doubt, unless we are trying to get the world to think we have them even though we don't, which is unlikely). And no, we aren't going to use them. People don't use nukes anymore, they are stupid at ...
by yelly
Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Slavery
Replies: 71
Views: 6173

Re: Alternative Slavery

Izawwlgood wrote:Yeah, I think this is generally pointless now that we have legitimized systems of paying people wages.

I don't see why this most be the only way to run business.
by yelly
Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Slavery
Replies: 71
Views: 6173

Re: Alternative Slavery

Your amending your original position I think the term "selling yourself into slavery" implies that getting money from the deal is involved. a couple thousand in the bank The minimum wage for 3 years of slavery is definitely worth more than $2,000. Much more. I think the real question I am...
by yelly
Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Israel

I don't see how nuking mexico city is reductio ad absurdum of shooting people who cross a hostile border. I've explained this twice already. The reasoning laid out for the morality of shooting people crossing the border was that whatever is most effective in preventing illegal immigration, includin...
by yelly
Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Slavery
Replies: 71
Views: 6173

Re: Alternative Slavery

I think you are misunderstanding my proposed method of payment. Lets say I am a bit into debt (although not necessarily so) and I want to get out. So I sign a slavery contract with someone who provides me with everything I need for a specified period of time (and therefor i have no expenses), and I ...
by yelly
Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Israel

Clearly you don't think it's that terrible if you are apparently trying to defend it. Can you name even a single real case where your hypothetical situation has ever happened? Do you even have any evidence that torture is a reliable means of obtaining information? If not, then have the basic human ...
by yelly
Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Slavery
Replies: 71
Views: 6173

Alternative Slavery

In the (jewish) bible and its commentaries we are given a whole bunch of rules regarding slavery. One of these rules is that if you have any slaves, you must release them all every "shnat shmita" which occurs once every seven years (this year happens to be a shnat shmita). If a slave wishe...
by yelly
Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Israel

Farid 'Aish Khamis Abu Daher 41 year-old resident of Juhor a-Dik, Gaza district, killed on 27.08.2007 in Juhor a-Dik, Gaza district, by gunfire. Did not participate in hostilities when killed. Additional information: Killed when he tried to cross the perimteter fence. Clearly a terrorist and a thre...
by yelly
Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Burning of books?
Replies: 88
Views: 10273

Re: Burning of books?

Burning books as an action is not evil per se, but it is the historical context that makes it a no-no. Throughout history, every time books were burned, it was bad. Burning of the vanities, the burning of the Talmud in france, the holocaust... Burning books symbolises much more than just burning a b...
by yelly
Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Worst Things to Shout Out During Sex
Replies: 747
Views: 93919

Re: Worst Things to Shout Out During Sex

*look at girl's face half way through* *make puzzled expression* *pull out PDA* "Fuck, your the wrong girl!"

before sex:
*no erection*
*look at naked girl*
*look at penis*
"I told you she wasn't good enough"
by yelly
Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8412

Re: Why isn't marriage working out?

I was always under the impression that Islam and Judaism were both quite anti-divorce. I'm not exactly well-studied in the area of various religious views on marriage and divorce, but that was my impression. Normally I would just take your word for it, but this strikes me as all wrong, and so I'm ra...
by yelly
Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8412

Re: Marriage

Add that to all this trouble with same sex marriages etc. marriage probably causes more problems than it solves. This part fascinates me the most. You have one group in america that wants to get married, and it is the group (some)people are fighting the hardest to keep from marrying. You misunderst...
by yelly
Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8412

Re: Marriage

... allrighty. Should we talk about it, or are you just making your thoughts available online? Also, can we talk about this in the "Benefits of Marriage" thread? Or the "Married-ish" thread? It's already covered pretty much everything. I was actually looking to raise a discussio...
by yelly
Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't marriage working out?
Replies: 104
Views: 8412

Why isn't marriage working out?

In the modern world we are seeing a developing trend of divorce (I believe the US is nearly at, if not past 50% of marriages ending in divorce). This is obviously not working. I am not saying that marriage as a concept is bad (in many cases it is even excellent), but a system with a 50% failure rate...
by yelly
Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Bob Dylan
Replies: 9
Views: 1475

Re: Bob Dylan

Try out Blonde on Blonde and Bringing It All Back Home. Hurricane is a great song, I have to agree, but the album it's on is very =|. I personally really, really like Desire, it stirs me every time (but maybe I am biased, my nappies were changed to it). So yeah, Desire is great. Apart from that, de...
by yelly
Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Israel

In addition, this operation to invade Lebanon (again) had been planned for a year prior to this incident. It would make sense that Israel goaded Lebanon into an action that would justify an invasion, as Israel likes to do things like that. 1. Citation please (a reliable one this time) 2. It is prob...
by yelly
Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Backmasking andd Phoenetic Reversals
Replies: 21
Views: 2530

Re: Backmasking andd Phoenetic Reversals

Even though the Zep were kinda mystical sometime, I really doubt they would inject such a message into a song on purpose (and the odds of it really happening by accident are slim). On the other hand, I do agree that sometimes artists do do this (there is a Floyd song that jumps to mind, I can't reme...
by yelly
Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Israel

Well, that really depends on what you call lebanese territory. They were kidnapped out of an IDF base on what currently is the Israeli side of the border. Furthermore, considering that it wasn't a lebanese authority that arrested them, but rather an individual group that kidnapped them, it doesn't ...
by yelly
Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 94013

Re: Israel

Excuse or not, that still does not change the fact that Hizbullah's actions were what ignited the conflict. actually, afaik, the soldiers were in lebanese territory when they were kidnapped. they violated lebanon's sovereignty. THATS what ignited the conflict. Well, that really depends on what you ...

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