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by Queue
Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 43533

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

From another perspective, it's not the war on Drugs that has failed, because you could win that with enough indescriminate arson. What you've lost is the war against the Human Desire to Get High. I once jokingly suggested that the way to win the war on drugs would be to engineer a drug that has zero...
by Queue
Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?
Replies: 104
Views: 14455

Re: Americans, How is the ACA affecting you?

I had a quick chat with a family member who works on staff at a hospital. A few connections later, I was able to learn that at least in Canada, without any real specifics (read: anecdotal evidence) a large hospital will pay more for fixed equipment and 'supplies' than in salaries. And those basic op...
by Queue
Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories
Replies: 501
Views: 99061

Re: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories

May I suggest, as a father and someone thoroughly disinterested in religion one way or another, that your best option is simply to pre-select books that you know have a positive moral and/or accessible lesson for a one-year old rather than whether or not a) it's a "classic", b) it's religi...
by Queue
Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Almost a quarter of men admit to rape in parts of Asia
Replies: 28
Views: 4360

Re: Almost a quarter of men admit to rape in parts of Asia

(Side-track about the Spartans in spoiler text.) Sparta collapsed because, it turns out training your children via starvation and hard labor does not produce the best soldiers any more than lighting them on fire makes them into the best firefighters. It does kill the weak ones, though, which I suppo...
by Queue
Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Almost a quarter of men admit to rape in parts of Asia
Replies: 28
Views: 4360

Re: Almost a quarter of men admit to rape in parts of Asia

And if the culture itself is a barrier to economic prosperity? What with the suppression of minorities and women being a rather big harm to the economy and all... Hasn't stopped societies in the past from acquiring wealth and stability. I'm not a history buff, but what little I remember seems to sh...
by Queue
Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Almost a quarter of men admit to rape in parts of Asia
Replies: 28
Views: 4360

Re: Almost a quarter of men admit to rape in parts of Asia

How do you move from a rape culture to a less rapey one? I mean, if you have a society where bride kidnapping is a way of life, how fast can you move to a culture that has a 'western bias' of consent? If you really want a one-stop-fixit for the problem, that ignores the issue of addressing misshape...
by Queue
Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Almost a quarter of men admit to rape in parts of Asia
Replies: 28
Views: 4360

Re: Almost a quarter of men admit to rape in parts of Asia

It's a linguistic thing. You two ultimately have the same standard, but you express it differently. This has significant implications for test question phrasing, though. Could easily phrase it such that you get garbage results. Yes this back and forth here is EXACTLY the reason I wondered how that ...
by Queue
Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

Then there is the legal quasi-slavery, where if you hire workers who are a missed paycheck away from being tossed on the street, you can get away with nearly anything. And then if you hire parolees, the guys that are one phone call from their boss away from going back to prison? Cheaper than whips!...
by Queue
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

I'm a little skeptical about human trafficking really being such a big problem in any country with a halfway functioning police force and labor rights. Also the issue gets confused with illegal immigrants. What are the actual numbers? It's hard to get accurate numbers about criminal activities, owi...
by Queue
Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

It's very important to remember that a profession, and corruption of that profession by criminals and/or bad governments, are separate issues. Worker abuse and corrupt bosses/owners is something suffered universally across pretty much all professions (see: child slaves mining conflict minerals in Af...
by Queue
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

[*]Allow people to have sex for money outside of a business, as long as it's a temporary or one-off thing. The most worthwhile objection to fully de-regulated prostitution is that it's risky and contains many loopholes. On the other hand, without barging into people's homes or setting up stings, it...
by Queue
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

As an interest point, it's worth breaking down the specific issue behind prostitution - the idea of sex, in exchange for resources. With prohibitionists, the fact that they regard genital contact itself with superstitious awe is quite often laughably transparent behind their guise of protecting peop...
by Queue
Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

What happens in a brothel is often nothing but rape. It just doesn't get counted. So if you forbid brothels and the rape statistics increase, that doesn't mean there is more rape. It just means that rapists go out on the streets. There are at least three claims there (sex in brothels is mostly rape...
by Queue
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

Not to mention that if the supply of cheap sex disappears, some of those men might turn to, umm, more forceful methods of obtaining sex. The opposite is true, prostitutes are often the victims of rape, and legalizing it seems to reduce rates overall. At least according to this source . The line of ...
by Queue
Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

But what system do we have in place to protect the public from diseases beyond 'it's bad for business'? I mean, restaurants also have the issue of disease being bad for business, but I wouldn't say that implies that we'd be safe enough without health inspectors. For brothels, yes. You'd inspect the...
by Queue
Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

In the US, it's not *quite* that overt, but it's still definitely known to be fairly available. Oblique ads on craigslist, streetwalkers, etc. If you're in the wrong part of town, you'll see a lot of people who are probably hookers. And from a casual outside glance, it looks like a damned tough lif...
by Queue
Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalizing Prostitution
Replies: 109
Views: 35260

Re: Legalizing Prostitution

Ill start off by saying that I'm somewhat in favor of legalizing and heavily regulating prostitution. The idea being that with regulation, you can minimize the spread of disease, you can limit the human trafficking, you can minimize the drug trade, et cetera, via licenses. Each month there'd be a d...
by Queue
Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: State enacts single-payer system. Sky not yet falling.
Replies: 31
Views: 5648

Re: State enacts single-payer system. Sky not yet falling.

You'll forgive me if I fail to show surprise that state-run healthcare is more cost-effective than a for-profit private equivalent. And the point is that it's not state-run. It's state paid for, privately run. My point is that generally speaking, 'the state' is terrible at running just about anythi...
by Queue
Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 66294

Re: The Light Saber problem

Doesn't match with the time they fail to shoot stationary targets that are out of cover on Bespin, or the time an "entire Legion of [Palpatine's] best troops" got their shit handed to them by teddy bears armed with sticks and stones. Heh. Yeah, Endor is contentious, but that's tactics* - ...
by Queue
Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 66294

Re: The Light Saber problem

However, the whole "And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise" business always cracked me up. Sandpeople must be REALLY bad shots. Assuming you analyze fiction via suspension of disbelief, you could argue that much of the time when we ...
by Queue
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wheat is bad for you
Replies: 49
Views: 10064

Re: Wheat is bad for you

The DOA's interest is in protecting "farmers" (really giant food corporations), not in protecting the average consumer. See, I'm biased, because I work for the Canadian equivalent of the USDA and have a number of peers south of the border. I'll grant you that the US itself is more pro-bus...
by Queue
Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wheat is bad for you
Replies: 49
Views: 10064

Re: Wheat is bad for you

The actual reason why you don't have to worry is because you enjoy layer upon layer of laws, and a veritable army of inspectors at all levels of food production, transportation and storage. Where do you live? I live in America, and all we have is the FDA, which is entirely impotent and has been gut...
by Queue
Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wheat is bad for you
Replies: 49
Views: 10064

Re: Wheat is bad for you

The actual reason why you don't have to worry is because you enjoy layer upon layer of laws, and a veritable army of inspectors at all levels of food production, transportation and storage. Every time you hear about some bizarro gene-splicing in the media, try to remember the vast gulf of separatio...
by Queue
Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wheat is bad for you
Replies: 49
Views: 10064

Re: Wheat is bad for you

every single foodstuff that is not hunted/fished/gathered has been genetically modified over the past 30,000 years, and some of the rest arguably has been as well. Yes, every single one. It's called domestication, where you take an animal or plant and you breed out the undesirable traits while maxi...
by Queue
Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hacktivism: doesn't it seem... ineffective?
Replies: 27
Views: 13679

Re: Hacktivism: doesn't it seem... ineffective?

What I'm getting from all this is that hacktivism is functionally equivalent to political graffiti - it only works if someone is looking. Which brings you around to the problem that every issue already struggles with: Getting people to look. If I'm getting that right, hacktivism is no more effective...
by Queue
Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

Yeah, abortion is on its way out. You will need to get over that at some point. The alternative is to conclude that you don't believe in democracy and that you have more wisdom than the collective. You wouldn't argue that democracy is literally tyrrany by the majority, would you? It's possible, and...
by Queue
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Is "gaming" hardware even a thing?
Replies: 17
Views: 8252

Re: Is "gaming" hardware even a thing?

And seriously, Q and E are much more natural resting places for my fingers than A and D. And whoever thinks the bottom alphabetical row can be easily reached by your thumb must have pretty small hands. I'd suggest that WASD is a thing because the middle finger is usually longer than the two next to...
by Queue
Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 593372

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I'm fairly the world's worst sober philsopher, but wouldn't the obvious response be that a society where every individual pretends to be good is functionally indistinguishable from one where every individual is good? The only difference would be that when it benefits me to stop pretending, I'll sto...
by Queue
Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 54648

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

I would support the legal transfer of your proxy, but limit the number of people anyone can proxy-vote FOR to one. That way, no single individual can vote more than twice no matter how much money they offer. Assuming you can prove that you own someone's vote, the risk seems fairly minimal.
by Queue
Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 593372

Re: Religion: The Deuce

While we can use science and reason to serve our core moral values, we cannot derive our core moral values from science and reason. For example: Explain to me, using empiricism, why it is to my benefit to act in the interest of others? (Spoiler: Whatever your answer, I can respond 'Well, I could ju...
by Queue
Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

To be clear, I definitely do not advocate simply letting a mother walk in and vote 4 times for her 3 children. I think that children who are able and willing to vote should not be discriminated against simply because of their age. So, you're advocating that voting privileges should be assigned base...
by Queue
Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

Considering that point, I tried to think about my 6-year old son, and contemplate the kinds of things I would and would not trust him with, and why. It boils down not to an idealized analysis of broad social issues, politics or rights. But my own personal determination that, based solely on the fact...
by Queue
Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

You're wondering if people who have a lot of children who can vote as children will have any predictable impact? You're basically asking 'If you multiply the votes of people with lots of children by the number of children they have, will they affect policy?', which seems, respectfully, enormously o...
by Queue
Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

Interest question (that I didn't notice, and hopefully hasn't been asked): Does anyone actually have an idea of whether teens - as a group - are more likely to vote the way their parents do (thus benefiting whoever has the most kids), or if they have a known bias due to their age or level of social...
by Queue
Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

Interest question (that I didn't notice, and hopefully hasn't been asked): Does anyone actually have an idea of whether teens - as a group - are more likely to vote the way their parents do (thus benefiting whoever has the most kids), or if they have a known bias due to their age or level of social ...
by Queue
Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Is "gaming" hardware even a thing?
Replies: 17
Views: 8252

Re: Is "gaming" hardware even a thing?

My subjective opinion is that your gut instinct on favouring ergonomic benefits over slightly-better responsiveness is a good one. Long-term and audience-specific, mind...consider the age and gaming habits of your client. I'm well over thirty and I'm just about at the point where it's my body's agin...
by Queue
Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

What are the views of the parties in question on issue X? It would seem to me that (if you have to have an 'issues test' at all) demonstrating that you have functional knowledge of the political platform of the guy you're giving your vote to seems fairly reasonable. Why should anyone give a shit ab...
by Queue
Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

Even if some of the examples themselves are problematic, Moose himself already acknowledged the risk of the introduction of political bias, but said that he felt it was a worthwhile trade-off for a citizenry who knew more about the current issues of the election. "It's a tolerable risk" is...
by Queue
Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

what has being smart got to do with anything? The basic premise of democracy is that when you take the average of the vote of both smart and dumb people, you will get a government that is better than any other kind of government. Otherwise you may just as well introduce IQ-tests to allow voting. I'...
by Queue
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75076

Re: Children's Suffrage

I'm interested by the emancipation idea. Emancipated minors should have a legal right to vote. That makes sense to me. The political party in power in states would then potentially have motivation to make emancipation easier or harder, depending on how they feel the demographics would work for them...

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