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by Beltayn
Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador
Replies: 50
Views: 14406

Re: Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador

It says quite a lot about how we prioritize diplomacy. Kind of a messed up situation in general, yeah. There is a good argument to be made that most of the real diplomacy is conducted by Combatant Commanders (military Generals responsible for the stability of a region, i.e. CENTCOM, which is "...
by Beltayn
Thu Dec 04, 2014 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador
Replies: 50
Views: 14406

Re: Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador

It's also worth noting that political appointee Ambassadors are only sent to "easy" countries; i.e. nice friendly European and Oceanic allies, or tourist destinations like Caribbean island nations. You won't see a soap-opera director Ambassador to somewhere tricky like China, say, or Egypt.
by Beltayn
Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador
Replies: 50
Views: 14406

Re: Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador

Can someone explain this tradition to me? It amazes me every time. There are rich people willing to pay to be ambassador somewhere for a few years? Why? It can't be an obscure wish, given the numbers involved. And how does it work? They appoint a shadow ambassador to do the boring jobs? Or the poli...
by Beltayn
Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1165784

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Here is my prediction on what the narrative is going to be rationalizing the lack of indictment of Eric Garner's killer: 1) "Eric Garner was fat and had asthma. He died because he suffered a heart attack or and athsma attack or choked somehow on his own, due to stress from the encounter, and no...
by Beltayn
Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So I heard you like youth unemployment...
Replies: 41
Views: 10818

Re: So I heard you like youth unemployment...

You might not be able to outsource or automate some jobs, but that doesn't mean they won't disappear - fast food for instance needs to stay cheap in order to be competitive with sit down restaurants. If the state arbitrarily raises their labour costs to the point that they have to charge a price gr...
by Beltayn
Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California breastfeeding picture controversy
Replies: 236
Views: 37199

Re: California breastfeeding picture controversy

The part I found interesting was how a bunch of her critics were talking about her being a "single mother", which is simply factually inaccurate and totally made up. Presumably they jumped to that conclusion because of her age and race.
by Beltayn
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2714186

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

A serial tickler is targeting men in Boston.
by Beltayn
Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War Gear Flows to Police
Replies: 48
Views: 9409

Re: War Gear Flows to Police

That is true. I was just trying to make the point that I suspect that the "tiny town, in nowhere USA" police departments are probably not the main recipients of this gear. I'm sure a few are, like the two examples given in the article, but I suspect they are outliers and the majority of th...
by Beltayn
Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War Gear Flows to Police
Replies: 48
Views: 9409

Re: War Gear Flows to Police

Sigh... Submachine gun =/= Machine gun Also, with one exception, every single weapon on that list is used in semi-automatic mode in a SWAT context, for reasons I mentioned above. Thats not really what in this article we should care about, one of the scarier parts of this entire article is the recrui...
by Beltayn
Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War Gear Flows to Police
Replies: 48
Views: 9409

Re: War Gear Flows to Police

Zcorp, Beltayn, calm down and quit the personal attacks. Understood. I want to debunk this idea that SWAT teams use machine guns. The tactical role of automatic weapons is to suppress the enemy. You fill the target area with a large amount of flying bullets, forcing the enemy to keep their heads do...
by Beltayn
Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War Gear Flows to Police
Replies: 48
Views: 9409

Re: War Gear Flows to Police

NYC is pretty large. Additionally, imagine a Boston Marathon Bombing type situation. Having only 1 MRAP means you can literally only have 1 active search team. I don't think it's unreasonable to allow an organization like the NYPD to have 5 or 6 vehicles, and that would result in that one metropoli...
by Beltayn
Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War Gear Flows to Police
Replies: 48
Views: 9409

Re: War Gear Flows to Police

4) There is an also no context in terms of the distribution of this materiel. Out of the 16 MRAPs owned by police departments in New York state, how many of those are concentrated in the NYPD? Picking a few outlier cases of podunk small towns acquiring one makes it seem like that is the norm, but I...
by Beltayn
Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War Gear Flows to Police
Replies: 48
Views: 9409

Re: War Gear Flows to Police

So I found out today that it's illegal in the US for the military to perform police work . At what point does the police become so militarized that they are no longer allowed to do police work? The same argument works in reverse. At what point do police become so demilitarized they are unable to pe...
by Beltayn
Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War Gear Flows to Police
Replies: 48
Views: 9409

Re: War Gear Flows to Police

There are a number of critical thinking red flags in this article. 1) The article does not seem to understand the term "machine guns", conflating them with rifles. It even has a picture of an M-4/AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle above the label "Machine Guns". 2) Similarly, it ha...
by Beltayn
Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28014

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

The only American soldier known to have been captured in Afghanistan has been released in exchange for five Taliban guys from Cuba. I see it as a win-win. We got our guy and we got rid of five Guantanamo people no other country would accept. Frankly, he stopped being "our guy" the moment ...
by Beltayn
Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?
Replies: 96
Views: 22305

Re: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?

I know I'm contributing to the drift away from the topic by saying this, but this is the second or third time I've seen people ask some sort of "What's up with addams?" question to the forum at large rather than just asking addams herself, and it seems pretty rude to me. I understand not ...
by Beltayn
Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?
Replies: 96
Views: 22305

Re: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?

I get that talking in complete sentences happens more rarely than in writing, but our resident poet addams is far more understandable than this. And no, sometimes I don't understand addams either. I'm fairly new around here, but I can't help but ask. What's the deal with Addams? I assumed he/she ha...
by Beltayn
Mon May 26, 2014 4:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50465

Re: Isla Vista shooting

Is there any indication of why he felt motivated to kill his three male room-mates as well?

All the news has focused on his hatred for women, but why kill his male room-mates? Did they have girlfriends and therefore he was jealous?
by Beltayn
Mon May 26, 2014 4:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 40357

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

Do you think the film rating system is inappropriate, that a viewer shouldn't know beforehand about intense violence, sexual scenes, inappropriate language, among other things? What about for video games? Obviously those systems are tightly-controlled by small subsets of people who assign arbitrary...
by Beltayn
Fri May 23, 2014 2:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 40357

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

Fair enough.
by Beltayn
Fri May 23, 2014 1:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 40357

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

It's more that I see the content of the list as a separate-but-related argument, and constantly collapsing it back into the "Are trigger warnings even a good idea and how should they be handled if so?" argument muddies the waters to the point of incomprehensibility. I can understand the s...
by Beltayn
Thu May 22, 2014 4:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 40357

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

Hippo: it seems like beltayns concerned about implicit demonization even in the face of physical episodes. Perhaps a solution would be a private opt in system for trigger warnings rather than a public, optout system? Like, if a student knew what their triggers were, having a formal system to submit...
by Beltayn
Thu May 22, 2014 4:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 40357

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

But the point it, EITHER by attaching a trigger warning to the particular work, OR by NOT putting a trigger warning on the work, the authorities are taking an explicit political and moral stance on the content of the work specifically. Nope! You are literally only informing the reader that this the...
by Beltayn
Thu May 22, 2014 2:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 40357

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

Education is about teaching people how to think, not telling them what to think.
by Beltayn
Thu May 22, 2014 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 40357

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

Probably the fact that examples of such censoring are both historically and inthread precedented, and the people talking down those raising it as a concern have done litte to address it besides sputtering "well, Im not asking for that type of thing!"? This. Also, here's the problem, as I ...
by Beltayn
Wed May 21, 2014 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 40357

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

I suffer from a clinically-diagnosed, extremely acute phobia of Moths. It's so bad, that I turned the radio on during a car drive not too long ago and a radio program called "The Moth" came on, and I suffered a minor panic attack just from unexpectedly hearing the name. Moth phobia isn't p...
by Beltayn
Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Nears 1 Million Wounded in Iraq/Afghanistan
Replies: 11
Views: 4377

Re: US Nears 1 Million Wounded in Iraq/Afghanistan

Oh oh, I think the numbers for Coalition forces does not include the Afghani government forces. (Seems appropriate, the Western media ignores them too.) So my estimate of the butcher's bill is too low. But at the moment, I am too depressed to crunch further numbers. Afghani = the currency Afghan = ...
by Beltayn
Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Angela Merkel reelected as supreme leader of Europe
Replies: 25
Views: 4476

Re: Angela Merkel reelected as supreme leader of Europe

I'm not sure why the idea of a CDU-Greens coalition isn't being brought up more. Seems like a more natural fit than a grand coalition. Merkel has, after all, adopted many of the Green Party's main positions as her own (e.g. the Energiewende, getting rid of nuclear power). If I remember correctly, th...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

Роберт wrote:So, Beltayn, if someone had "lazy eye" and was in prison, should they receive appropriate treatment for it, or not?


Not on the taxpayer dime.
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

-Result in Manning suffering bodily harm in any way? Why the qualifier to bodily? Would you argue that a schizophrenic person in prison should not receive their medication? Prison isn't fun for anybody. It's not supposed to be an enjoyable experience. A mentally disturbed inmate would surely be giv...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

-Result in Manning suffering bodily harm in any way? Why the qualifier to bodily? Would you argue that a schizophrenic person in prison should not receive their medication? Prison isn't fun for anybody. It's not supposed to be an enjoyable experience. A mentally disturbed inmate would surely be giv...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

Here's an article titled "Transgender Medical Treatment: Medically Necessary and Not Cosmetic". It might be a helpful start. :) That's not an article. That's not even a neutral or authoritative source. It's a political statement by an activist group with an agenda. Doesn't mean its necess...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

What makes Manning think that the US Taxpayer is under some obligation to provide him with what is essentially a cosmetic, optional treatment ? In Leavenworth he will be housed, fed, and treated humanely. But he has no reasonable right to DEMAND that the US Government provide him gender reassignmen...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

By and large, I think what most people mean when they talk about gender is mostly hogwash, because its predicated on definitions that are almost entirely social constructs. So there is really little point in talking about what gender people "feel" they are. What does that even mean? Mostl...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

Here's a more on-topic issue: What makes Manning think that the US Taxpayer is under some obligation to provide him with what is essentially a cosmetic, optional treatment? In Leavenworth he will be housed, fed, and treated humanely. But he has no reasonable right to DEMAND that the US Government p...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

Here's a more on-topic issue: What makes Manning think that the US Taxpayer is under some obligation to provide him with what is essentially a cosmetic, optional treatment? In Leavenworth he will be housed, fed, and treated humanely. But he has no reasonable right to DEMAND that the US Government pr...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

Except at some point, if that person born with a penis goes through gender reassignment, said person is referred to as female. Using genes would be a nice metric, except for the existence of XX males and XY females, as well as XXY, XXYY... That seems really (pardon the pun) clear-cut, which is the ...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

No? That makes no sense.

If someone is born with a penis, they are, by definition, Male. The fate of that penis afterward has no bearing or relevance.
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

I suppose I find it difficult to understand given my outlook on gender. For context, I'm a bi-sexual male, by which I mean I have a penis, and am otherwise physiologically the "male" archetype as far as I know. I'm psychologically closer to the "female" archetype in many ways tho...
by Beltayn
Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 43620

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

From my perspective, once they say so. If someone identifies as female it is not my place to say "Well, I'm still going to call you male until $arbitrarypoint." At the point the thread was created Ms. Manning was still known as Bradley so I'd be ok with either leaving it as it is or chang...

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