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by Роберт
Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?
Replies: 96
Views: 17803

Re: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?

Brace wrote:
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Brace wrote:
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The article says it clearly that this is a deviation from the trend.

Argument from authority, -98903245789 points

At least it's an argument.


Proof by assertion, straw man, moving the goalposts

http://existentialcomics.com/comic/9
by Роберт
Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs
Replies: 85
Views: 16598

Re: Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs

And a new development: http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/27/technol ... in-arrest/

Running bitcoin exchanges is apparently illegal according to the U.S. government?
by Роберт
Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dead Pregnant Woman on Ventilation Against Family Wishes
Replies: 351
Views: 30724

Re: Dead Pregnant Woman on Ventilation Against Family Wishes

Why are they watching?

...seriously. She died. Have a closed casket funeral, wash your hands, and go home.
by Роберт
Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dead Pregnant Woman on Ventilation Against Family Wishes
Replies: 351
Views: 30724

Re: Dead Pregnant Woman on Ventilation Against Family Wishes

It's Texas, so obviously the law is intended as a pro-life/anti-choice law, and acts as one. This specific case is a gray area. If a woman clearly wanted her baby to be born, and then went into a state where she couldn't make medical decisions, should they respect that? If you want to be pro-choice,...
by Роберт
Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tesla vs. Edison
Replies: 15
Views: 11281

Re: Tesla vs. Edison

It depends on how you define greater inventor... If you're asking who had the more brilliant mind and came up with the most truly innovative ideas, then my vote is for Tesla without any doubt. The guy had some amazing ideas. He also had some bat-shit crazy ideas, but those don't detract from the am...
by Роберт
Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dead Pregnant Woman on Ventilation Against Family Wishes
Replies: 351
Views: 30724

Re: Dead Pregnant Woman on Ventilation Against Family Wishes

Yeah, I can't see how this is terrible unless they do bill the family for it. I'm sure it's annoying for the family, but since she didn't leave anything about her desire for the fetus, they picked one and are going with it. The moral of the story? If you care about this sort of thing, make it clear ...
by Роберт
Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I am SICK of these friends of my parents!?
Replies: 18
Views: 6300

Re: I am SICK of these friends of my parents!?

Zarq wrote:Wanna bet they watch more than a half-hour of television, and are fine with him watching that too?

I don't. Do you?
by Роберт
Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I am SICK of these friends of my parents!?
Replies: 18
Views: 6300

Re: I am SICK of these friends of my parents!?

Man I'm 19 and I think they're fine fucking rules. +1 (replace "19" with "my twenties", though) Please understand that on this forum, you're the annoying 9 year old. Why does a 9 year old want to hang out with a 14 year old? Why do you want to participate here? +1 You sound real...
by Роберт
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 247
Views: 78132

Re: Coffee

Re: Pond water
That does seem pretty pointless, rude, and immature.

I may think the dark roast coffee at my work is not very good, but that doesn't mean I'm going to write "burnt fecal matter" on the dark roast. I'm just going to drink lighter roasts. No big deal.
by Роберт
Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Should I spend my birthday money on what I want?
Replies: 13
Views: 6929

Re: Should I spend my birthday money on what I want?

Thanks, SecondTalon. On topic, then: It seems really odd for someone to give you money for a purchase 1. when you don't want to make the purchase and 2. said money is insufficient for making the purchase I would try to understand what, exactly, made her want you to get a ping-pong table, and try to ...
by Роберт
Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Should I spend my birthday money on what I want?
Replies: 13
Views: 6929

Re: Should I spend my birthday money on what I want?

I smell something fishy: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=107320 Apologies if there is truly no relation between the two "lowercase political leaning kid" users who post questions about what a kid should do and nothing else. I suspect it's some sort of social experiment and d...
by Роберт
Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tesla vs. Edison
Replies: 15
Views: 11281

Re: Tesla vs. Edison

Did Edison invent anything that fucking awesome ? No? Didn't think so! Compare Tesla's few hundred patents vs Edison's thousands and you don't think that at least one of said thousands are that cool? Even as we enjoy things such as recorded music and video? What does the number of patents filed und...
by Роберт
Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 708647

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Heisenberg wrote:Because who needs a warrant when you can use the threat of physical violence to gain entry?

....yeah. That's a huge problem. And legal in Missouri, apparently?
by Роберт
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Parse it however you wish. I parsed it this way. Given the number of factors at work and the different mechanisms, damage could be repairable, or it could not. I agree that the likely answer is they don't really know. When making choices for anything (e.g., should I burn incense or should I smoke a...
by Роберт
Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 708647

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Right. So it looks like it may not be "hateful, racist cop casually gambles the lives of children with darker skin than him". It might be "messy car stop was messy".
by Роберт
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 708647

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My initial reading of it looks like it may have been reasonable. Disabling the vehicle may have been safer for the kids than letting her continue to drive recklessly. Vans do not handle well at high speeds. If she was going 100mph+ in the van with kids inside, that's pretty bad. "I wasn't runni...
by Роберт
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

English isn't my first language, and I wasn't taught math in english... and since you didn't bother pointing out to me what the mistake was, or how the terminology should actually be used, it raises the question, was your intention just to score pot shots and mocking instead of educating here? We'v...
by Роберт
Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Sig issues go here (formerly "My sig")
Replies: 80
Views: 43779

Re: Sig issues go here (formerly "My sig")

If you're talking about the red spider, I'm not a mod and I can see it.
by Роберт
Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

I'd say it was definitely a chemical addiction to alcohol at one point in the distant past.
by Роберт
Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

From what you say, I would argue that your dad was simply a hard drinker, not an alcoholic, rather than he was an alcoholic and now is not. But probably my definition differs from the colloquial. I would say that what you call an impulse control disorder IS a key part of addiction as I know it. If ...
by Роберт
Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

What makes the pack-a-day guy an addict? The fact that he smokes a pack of cigarettes every day. Ask him to go 48 hours without cigarettes and see if that negatively affects him. So if I don't drink alcohol for, say, 2 years... I am not an alcoholic? Outside of AA, which the APA is critical of due ...
by Роберт
Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Cigarettes taste and smell like burning tobacco. So do Cigars and Pipes. How you perceive that odor and taste is somewhat more complex than "it smells nasty". It is indeed complex. And yet you hold that it's strange for someone to feel sick from the smell of cigarettes and not other produ...
by Роберт
Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Cigarettes smell absolutely nasty. So... maybe that's why?
by Роберт
Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 708647

Re: Police misbehavior thread

At least this quote is reasonable:
"There is no such thing as consensual sex on duty," Police Chief William McManus told reporters. "I feel silly even saying that we won't tolerate it. Of course we won't tolerate it. There is no gray area. This is a criminal offense."
by Роберт
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Reminder of a common forum rule: no double posting. Or triple posting. Anyway. I think it's pretty easy to see that when someone partakes in an activity without getting significant harm from it, and with real breaks in between, and has no compulsion to take it to a dangerous or damaging level, and h...
by Роберт
Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 708647

Re: Police misbehavior thread

During one of Sampson's arrests — Sampson being just one of Saleh's alleged employees and customers subjected to police harassment — he's seen refilling a cooler inside the store when an officer walks up beside him. "They ask him, 'What are you doing here?'" recalled Saleh. "He said,...
by Роберт
Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

An hour in an enclosed space. That's nothing like my second-hand smoke experiences. How do yours differ? Someone who had recently smoked next to me for 30 seconds in an elevator. 10 seconds passing someone actively smoking outside. In my childhood, occasionally sitting somewhere close to the smokin...
by Роберт
Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Do tell. Exposure to secondhand smoke, such as a person can get by riding in an enclosed car while someone else smokes, has a direct, measurable impact on the brain — and the effect is similar to what happens in the brain of the person doing the smoking. In fact, exposure to this secondhand smoke e...
by Роберт
Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 109628

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

Now his girlfriend is accusing him of violence and threats with a gun. http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/18/justice/florida-george-zimmerman-arrest/ George Zimmerman charged with felony after allegedly pointing gun at girlfriend (CNN) -- George Zimmerman was charged Monday with felony aggravated as...
by Роберт
Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Not everyone reacts to potentially addictive substances the same way. This is the false assumption that morriswalters and Jave D seem to be making. Yes, YOU got addicted to cigarettes and acted based on that addiction. Some people do stuff because they enjoy it, without being addicted. Seriously, lo...
by Роберт
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Female equivalent for "guy"
Replies: 49
Views: 18481

Re: Female equivalent for "guy"

I've known a lot more women who are uncomfortable being called girls than being called women, whereas you can avoid the issue entirely for men with "guy". So we're still better off with a female equivalent for "guy" than we are calling all young women "girls". I don't ...
by Роберт
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A rational way of wishing someone luck
Replies: 34
Views: 19539

Re: A rational way of wishing someone luck

(NOTE: I was going to use the word "anathema" in that sentence, but then wiktionary told me it comes from a word meaning "cursed", so it seemed less than appropriate!) That's precisely my point about language and culture. Refusing to accept some basic cultural phrases because yo...
by Роберт
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 708647

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Is it better or worse that I didn't actually watch the video in question?
by Роберт
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Female equivalent for "guy"
Replies: 49
Views: 18481

Re: Female equivalent for "guy"

You're an adult. A 22-year-old woman is an adult.
by Роберт
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A rational way of wishing someone luck
Replies: 34
Views: 19539

Re: A rational way of wishing someone luck

Saying "I hope it goes well" or similar is not saying "by sending magical brainwaves toward you, I'm hoping to force the midichloreans to do my bidding and increase the probability of you getting the job". It is reassuring the other person that you care about them, and you realiz...
by Роберт
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

No way in hell is some artificial drug-laced potion going to be able to replicate the complexity and diversity of flavors in fine beers or aged scotch or great wine or a perfect martini. Ummm... You can already buy non-alcoholic beers, non-alcoholic wines and even non-alcoholic whisky. If those can...
by Роберт
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5319
Views: 708647

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Killing someone who is actively trying to injure or kill others and there's no reasonably effective less-lethal alternative makes sense. Giving someone multiple enemas and anal probes because they walked funny and a dog looked at them suspiciously doesn't make sense.
by Роберт
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 23905

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

It would be hard to find one that doesn't have potientially dangerous interactions. Even the natural stuff, like kava kava, doesn't mix well with alcohol. So while using it as a replacement could be useful, you can't guarantee people won't use both. Perhaps people like having their judgment being im...
by Роберт
Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Eat Too Much, Get Too Little
Replies: 69
Views: 10373

Re: Eat Too Much, Get Too Little

And all of those are bad ideas! I get why the lottery is a bad idea, but why is a tax on cigarettes bad? Because taxes that disproportionately target the poor are universally a bad call. I felt like that was obvious. Well, it's less obvious. Tobacco sales are not directly related to socio-economic ...
by Роберт
Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 130138

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

I have not said that ever. I disagree/challenge/do not accept with the equation x' = x-vt now and as I have for 6000 posts. I hope that is clear enough for you to properly understand my stance. I see. I misunderstood you I guess. I can't understand what you actually think is the truth, since you ag...

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