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by Maskirovka
Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24867

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

It's not only Europeans. Canadians as well. Pretty much every other culture I've run into in my life doesn't seem to equate money with success quite as much as we do here in America. I'm not going to go through some giant history of all my life's encounters with people from other countries/cultures,...
by Maskirovka
Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24867

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

Not that you probably expected to, but you're not changing my mind and you're further cementing my view and proving my point. Yes, I was overgeneralizing Americans...probably plenty read it and said "duh". But, that desire for success and the drive to be like Bill Gates or the other exampl...
by Maskirovka
Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24867

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

Indeed...thank you, Brillig. Paraphrasing what I said and adding hyperbole doesn't help you make a point...it just proves you didn't like what I said. Adding caveats and using careful language isn't being passive-aggressive, it's saying something true while attempting to avoid exaggeration. I really...
by Maskirovka
Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24867

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

If any of you learned something truly profound from Outliers , well, I guess that's good, but you probably would've learned it somewhere else if Western culture weren't so obsessed with "success" (read: money). If you feel the need to study how rich people become rich, then you haven't sp...
by Maskirovka
Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24867

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

I don't think Malcom Gladwell is telling us anything that important in his books. I think if most Europeans read his books, they'd just say "yes...duh. This is boring." It's only in America where people need to read a book like Outliers to understand why people are successful and why mayb...
by Maskirovka
Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24867

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

I don't think Malcom Gladwell is telling us anything that important in his books. I think if most Europeans read his books, they'd just say "yes...duh. This is boring." It's only in America where people need to read a book like Outliers to understand why people are successful and why mayb...
by Maskirovka
Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24867

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

This is the assumption of the US system. I know for a fact that it serves a lot of students well, but does a major disservice to more focussed students. Generally, though, I question the idea that you need to make people take subjects in university or they won't take them at all. The assumption is ...
by Maskirovka
Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24867

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

I don't think it's necessarily the American system vs. any other system...it's that any system which does not force most students to exercise their moral and cognitive abilities at high levels in order to get degrees is inherently flawed. A system in which you learn only maths and a system in which ...
by Maskirovka
Sun Jul 05, 2009 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Trine
Replies: 30
Views: 4050

Re: Trine

It's definitely not impossible, but I went from (on normal difficulty) never having had all 3 characters dead at the same time to reloading the level like 8 times in 5 minutes.

This game is/was highly enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone.
by Maskirovka
Sat Jul 04, 2009 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Trine
Replies: 30
Views: 4050

Re: Trine

More like Battletoads jet bike level ramp up.
by Maskirovka
Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $10M X Prize for 100 mpg? Let me dust off my 20 y.o. car!
Replies: 70
Views: 5645

Re: $10M X Prize for 100 mpg? Let me dust off my 20 y.o. car!

Public transportation is okay except that we're far more spread out as a nation than, say, Europe or Japan. Which isn't to say it shouldn't be encouraged in metropolitan areas, but a town of 300 in the middle of a cornfield has little use for it. They have little use for it because people in a comm...
by Maskirovka
Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Summer Glau in GQ [links only in thread]
Replies: 21
Views: 2552

Re: Summer Glau in GQ [links only in thread]

wisty wrote: And that it wasn't a rick-roll. That would be low...


God would kill 100% of the world's kittens if someone used her as rick roll bait.
by Maskirovka
Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NDP campaign ads
Replies: 66
Views: 5846

Re: NDP campaign ads

You know your president is bad when it's politically good for parties in other countries to use him as a bad example in their TV ads.
by Maskirovka
Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

Ok, so I amend my statement: the poor don't pay taxes relevant to this discussion. My bad for pointing out an exaggeration which IS relevant to the discussion. Oh, hey, McCain says Obama and his allies injected partisanship into this debate. In his next sentence he said we should be working to resol...
by Maskirovka
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

what? It's called poverty. You're missing something. The poor don't pay income tax. They still pay taxes. Sales tax is a hell of a thing. Yeah, and sales tax is determined by individual states. We're talking about a national bailout plan, which involves being paid back on a national level and there...
by Maskirovka
Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

what? It's called poverty. is a home really "living beyond your means?" if so then there are bigger cultural problems than this. and yeah, alot of people affected were basically conned into taking the loan. To give you a real world example, a neighbor of my dad's sold his home 1-2 years a...
by Maskirovka
Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

What's wrong with this picture? :lol: "We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself. We believe in the free market as the best tool to su...
by Maskirovka
Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McCain 'suspends' campaign (+ post-debate chatter)
Replies: 85
Views: 7528

Re: McCain 'suspends' campaign (+ post-debate chatter)

It really bothers me when McCain throws out things like "General Petraeus said your plan is dangerous" when he's taking two separate things from two separate contexts (Obama's plan, Petraeus's statement) and drawing them together. Is that actually what he said? Where's the exact quote? Wha...
by Maskirovka
Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

Bottom line is, as a nation, we used cheap credit to live what we thought was (think is) a better life. Banks offered cheap loans, but you didn't see too many people turning them down. Now the bill's coming due and as a nation we have to face up. It's a moral failure of great proportions, so there n...
by Maskirovka
Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

Decker wrote:The first think I thought when I saw this comic was "Man, Liberty is STACKED."

I'm a bad person.


I'd hit it.
by Maskirovka
Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McCain 'suspends' campaign (+ post-debate chatter)
Replies: 85
Views: 7528

Re: McCain 'suspends' campaign, wants to delay debates

So this morning on FOX, Newt Gingrich was assuming McCain must be going back to DC to unveil some sort of awesome compromise plan that involves energy, economic recovery, blah blah....and doesn't involve spending $700B. Does he have to come up with his own thing and go against the administration to ...
by Maskirovka
Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McCain 'suspends' campaign (+ post-debate chatter)
Replies: 85
Views: 7528

Re: McCain 'suspends' campaign, wants to delay debates

It would be highly entertaining to see Obama show up to the debate alone. My brain is brimming with possible outcomes.
by Maskirovka
Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

I was furious with the plan from the start, but when I read that Pelosi and the Democrats were trying to attach provisions for middle-class mortgage holders (see the vapid "Not just Wall Street, but Main Street!" slogan) instead of just shooting it down, I gave up entirely. Newt Gingrich ...
by Maskirovka
Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

I had been under the impression that the Republican stance was more along the lines of, "These guys took loans that they couldn't pay off due to hard times (or stupidity), but the greedy, unintelligent bankers gave loans that they knew wouldn't be able to be paid off." If we actually go t...
by Maskirovka
Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

Wait...what? How did this get blamed on Republicans? Just because some Republicans were involved with it doesn't mean that it was a Republican idea. Regardless of specifics, it's always been Republican ideology in the last 30 years or so to be pro deregulation. Deregulation was a big part of the pr...
by Maskirovka
Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

except for the piles of corpses that might be interesting. The price of justice! =p Anyway ya, that link was interesting. That's pretty much been my question all along...if the mortgages are such a huge part of the problem, why didn't the mortgage relief package earlier in the year work, and why is...
by Maskirovka
Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

Marcy Kapture 4 prez

Honestly I'd rather be jobless and whatever for a while and let the economy collapse than continue on this path of retardedness.
by Maskirovka
Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Archbishop threatens to close maternity wards, hospitals
Replies: 77
Views: 7707

Re: Archbishop threatens to close maternity wards, hospitals

So, in effect, the Catholic Church is threatening to take its ball and go home, because it doesn't like the fact that doctor's would be forced to perform abortions against their will, they'd simply be required to provide referrals. So I read the first paragraph of your post, got up cause I had to p...
by Maskirovka
Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

ddxxdd wrote:We all realize that this is a $700 billion LOAN to the private sector, and not an actual expense, right?


Link? AFAIK it's just flat out buying an unknown amount of unspecified bad debts and trying to sell them later to reduce the total loss.
by Maskirovka
Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oprah pwned by /b/
Replies: 82
Views: 10343

Re: Oprah pwned by /b/

Oprah doesn't understand the interblag

also, I lol'd at the related videos without even watching any.
by Maskirovka
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 11049

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

Let's make no mistake. This is not part of some natural economic process...this was man made. Banks which rely more heavily on deposits for capital aren't being hit nearly as hard as the ones who were relying on people paying back loans they never should've been given. Paulson was on news shows mont...
by Maskirovka
Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6640

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

Maskirovka, my rule in life is: if you can't sum it up in a sentence, then no one's gonna listen. I bet you have a fun time telling women that. zing. "SECOND SENTENCE, I'M NOT LISTENINNNGGGG" lol Jokes aside, that's a pretty shitty rule. It really means, let's cater to the short attention...
by Maskirovka
Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6640

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

Far too simplistic as usual, ddxxdd...you certainly like to swoop in and turn everything into one sentence even if it's one of the more complex events ever =p http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subprime_mortgage_crisis I dunno it's a giant article. The "this article may be too long" thing is cer...
by Maskirovka
Sat Sep 20, 2008 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "What makes people vote Republican?" by Jonothan Haidt
Replies: 19
Views: 2934

Re: "What makes people vote Republican?" by Jonothan Haidt

What distinguishes the three "republican" moralities for me is that they're not as universally valuable as the two "democratic" values. While I (a highly liberal mind) value ingroup loyalty, authority and purity, I do not value them at the expense of the first two. I think this ...
by Maskirovka
Sat Sep 20, 2008 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6640

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

Cooley, there's no need to lecture on what a loan is and why it's good for people to be able to borrow money. I haven't seen a single person in this thread argue that debt and loans are bad things. You have to separate those ideas from the idea of interest. Interest is not based on greed all the tim...
by Maskirovka
Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6640

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

If in payments - THIS IS WHAT WE DO WITH INTEREST. HENCE you are just arguing semantics but you are EXACTLY using the interest based loan system. No. Maybe if you only had fixed-rate interest loans. Clearly that is not the case. Variable rate loans are completely different. With zero-interest loans...
by Maskirovka
Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: blink = think? (Interview[s] with Sarah Palin)
Replies: 98
Views: 7672

Re: blink = think? (Interview[s] with Sarah Palin)

For example you have a bit of paper setting out all the ways the government is not allowed to fuck with you (better known as the constitution) and I think that's pretty cool. I want one too. Watch it, though! That thing can change...or be interpreted as though it's still the 1700s. Thanks, Supreme ...
by Maskirovka
Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: blink = think? (Interview[s] with Sarah Palin)
Replies: 98
Views: 7672

Re: blink = think? (Interview[s] with Sarah Palin)

It's cool, kitsune, I doubt anyone takes offense. In my experience most secular Americans do just as much bitching about the same subjects. I like to think people overseas see the strange duality that exists here, and don't assume the majority's in favor of theocracy. I just think most of middle Ame...
by Maskirovka
Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Software spots the spin in political speeches
Replies: 15
Views: 2138

Re: Software spots the spin in political speeches

Skillicorn has been watching out for verbal "spin". He has developed an algorithm that evaluates word usage within the text of a conversation or speech to determine when a person "presents themselves or their content in a way that does not necessarily reflect what they know to be tru...
by Maskirovka
Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarah Palin's email account hacked
Replies: 65
Views: 5768

Re: Sarah Palin's email account hacked

Shouldn't it be " fewer moral scruples"? Yes. My first girlfriend's mom was a HS English teacher. I notice the less/fewer thing EVERY time now because she corrected me (politely) about 20 times. For fucks sake is just a variant of "For christ's sake", with added fuck . That was ...

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