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by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gorilla HIV in humans
Replies: 14
Views: 1844

Re: Gorilla HIV in humans

The most common way for disease to jump to humans is through hunters or farmers. There are people who hunt gorillas for food, then carry the body to the camp over their back. They're cut and bruised from the hunt, the gorilla is bleeding and leaking body fluids everywhere, presto: opportunity for a...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boxers and Sex Changes
Replies: 102
Views: 10349

Re: Boxer wants sex change to fight women

Personally I feel that if you had just not included that first paragraph, your post might have gotten us completely back on track in having a meaningful discussion.
Now, I don't see that happening as nearly as likely.
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

That's a really good point. If the groups in question are interested in empowerment, then they're not going to be set up to detect equality. And if others are interested in those groups not being empowered, then they're going to be set up to expect equality. Interestingly, I might also expect that a...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chavez Shuts Down Radio
Replies: 40
Views: 3037

Re: Chavez Shuts Down Radio

Dream wrote:But claiming that the people who oppose his rule are trumped up bogeymen like the Communist witch hunts in 50's America is ridiculous.

Haven't records since shown that a lot of the people that McCarthy targeted actually were communist spies?
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boxers and Sex Changes
Replies: 102
Views: 10349

Re: Boxer wants sex change to fight women

It would be amazing to see what sort of discussions we might be able to have if the rules against ad hominem attacks and outright nastiness were ever consistently enforced.
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

Ahh, so we're going with "equality activists make up problems". But not because there are no problems, no no, that would be silly. They make up problems because they see different problems than you do, or because you think maybe they'd see them even if they weren't there (even though they...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

What I'm saying is that there may be a practical difference between a methodology that fights to empower a group as much as possible and one that works to overcome and eliminate discrimination. Both may be heading in the same direction right now, but the existence and nature of any endpoint might ve...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

When do you forsee there ever being parity? This is a good question. If there were parity right now, would anything in the way situations, events, and circumstances are evaluated cause them to see it? They seem set up to read everything in the light of racism, sexism, classism, etc. I don't think w...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boxers and Sex Changes
Replies: 102
Views: 10349

Re: Boxer wants sex change to fight women

I guess anybody with a different opinion must be a bigoted ignorant twat/homophobic fuck. Sigh. It's always disappointing to me how much we play victim cards around here and refuse discussion because anyone who disagrees is a bigot. Might I recommend you stop being disappointed by this? In my exper...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

You're certainly entitled to think so. I've met individuals who were interested in equality, and I've met individuals who were just interested in gaining power for a group that they liked. There is, to me, a very distinct difference. And, to reiterate what was originally really just intended as a th...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reading into Twilight
Replies: 137
Views: 12285

Re: Reading into Twilight

I agree that it is reasonable to criticize a book by looking at what it portrays in a positive, rather than critical, light. There are certainly other examples of media that glorify inglorious behaviors to choose from, but I don't think you should be trying to use Clockwork Orange as an example of t...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

Are you implying that the movement as a whole isn't actually like that, and such situations are aberrant rather than symptomatic?
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

For me at least, it's not about them not caring; it's about them supporting the inequality. The problem is the "feminists" who endorse negative male stereotypes, and oppose men who try to end those stereotypes. "Feminists" who turn the discussion into men vs. women, or those who ...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

The key is that they are not "Equality groups" but "Gay groups" which is one of my key criticisms towards the so-called feminists. I agree. In my opinion, a true feminist works with men who desire to transcend societal pressures to do things that aren't "manly", in add...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 46551

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

icanus wrote:I'm certainly not staking out mortuaries with a camping stove and folding cutlery, waiting for a change in public opinion

Picturing this made be very amused.
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Naming Your Possessions
Replies: 85
Views: 7987

Re: Naming Your Possessions

My first car was a Maxima named Rosie; she was replaced by a Malibu named Terri. -OcV Did you use the Cash for Clunkers program? No. Actually, I think my Maxima got better mileage than my Malibu. And as soon as it's time to replace my car, I'll be going back to a Japanese car, that's for sure. I th...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

I'm not really sure what "objectives" you think gay rights activists have besides equality. As far as I know they don't have any. So no, they don't want gays to stay unequal to further their quest for... equality. Hey, it's worked out pretty well for present-day feminists and the NAACP. P...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Naming Your Possessions
Replies: 85
Views: 7987

Re: Naming Your Possessions

A guitar named Sarah, a euphonium I called Baby. My first car was a Maxima named Rosie; she was replaced by a Malibu named Terri.
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

Aren't we supposed to just report the offensive post and not respond to it directly in the thread?
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

The type line of the card is "Enchantment - Aura". (That's type and subtype.)
The text of the card includes the ability "Enchant creature".
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Hmm. Rogue might be better than Pirate. Both are supported types, but Pirate is rather outdated and Rogue is still current.
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Goblin Sailor
R
Creature - Goblin Pirate
3/2
Goblin Sailor cannot attack or block unless defending player controls an Island.
UUU: Destroy Goblin Sailor. Any player may use this ability.
Most of them eventually drown, since none of them has ever learned to swim.

Next card: Death by Chocolate
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

There are very few "cannot be regenerated" effects that do not target creatures, and there are very few regeneration effects that do not target creatures. But there are a couple of "regenerate target artifact" effects. "Bury" is totally unnecessary, since it just means ...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 46551

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

What's the connection between eating the dead and valuing life?
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Without going into the rules, Tribal essentially means it's not a creature but can still have a creature type.
You can regenerate any permanent.
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

I don't think that's possible. My understanding is that these folks would never and will never consider any of these problems to be solved, as perpetuating a victim mentality is far too useful for their objectives. Acknowledged equality would seriously hamper the message. Of course, I could be misun...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boxers and Sex Changes
Replies: 102
Views: 10349

Re: Boxer wants sex change to fight women

I have always understood the term to refer to genitals in humans, or gametes in non-human animals -- not DNA. Feel free to correct. -OcV Well if I cut your arms you are still human. The DNA is what makes you grow a penis. I get your point. Current gender change doesn't change your whole skeleton so...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 46551

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

An interesting point of view. I would point out that you don't have to believe in a soul or an afterlife to believe that property rights might extend after death, or to extend some respect for human corpses that's based on general societal concepts of dignity rather than the specific rights of the d...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boxers and Sex Changes
Replies: 102
Views: 10349

Re: Boxer wants sex change to fight women

And changing your gender isn't the same thing as changing your sex. Your sex is not something you can change given current technology as you have to modify your DNA. That's highly dependent on your definition for "sex". I have always understood the term to refer to genitals in humans, or ...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Pretty much any card that actually deals with the physicality of the cards doesn't work anymore outside of an Un- set. But it's still pretty funny.
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boxers and Sex Changes
Replies: 102
Views: 10349

Re: Boxer wants sex change to fight women

This is impossible. The entire concept of women's professional sports would fall apart if this were legally true (trying to stay in this context). I agree. I believe that gender divisions in sports are the same as weight divisions, in that they are designed to divide contestants into groups accordi...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Goblin Hammer
2
Tribal Artifact - Goblin
1, T, Sacrifice a goblin: Regenerate target artifact.
"With two of us, we can fix things twice as good!"
"Okay! You stand at that end..."


Next Card: Hammertime
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boxers and Sex Changes
Replies: 102
Views: 10349

Re: Boxer wants sex change to fight women

Right now, you're telling transgendered folks that they're wrong for not subscribing to your system. I live in the real world. It has social systems. These are unavoidable and require some level of standardization. You can say whatever you want about yourself but when it effects others, it stops be...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

A good Captain Hammer template would be:
Indestructable
Whenever Captain Hammer is the target of a spell or ability, Captain Hammer loses indestructable until end of turn.

Get it? You can't fight him, but if you can target him with a... anyway...
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Divisions of Representation
Replies: 27
Views: 2187

Re: Alternative Divisions of Representation

One way to see how a natural representative system might evolve would be to start with a direct democracy, with exactly as many votes as there are citizens, along with a very efficient system for designating proxies. Now, 1 vote out of 200 million isn't going to do much, and you probably don't have ...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

Did that definition really come from M 2010? I wasn't aware of that. I just noted the "flying is an evasion ability" language when I was looking up the rules for reach and flying.
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Create a Card: MTG
Replies: 3761
Views: 413385

Re: Create a Card: MTG

You could replace that with "evasion abilities", which is even defined in the rules.
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

What Belial is saying makes sense, though. It does seem that the transition from a descriptive to a pejorative almost invariably involves the use of the descriptive term in a manner that denegrates the group in question. We can certainly assert that a certain term ("gay, "lame", "...
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 46551

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

A question for those who don't generally have a problem with eating animal flesh, or predicate your objections on suffering.
If a human being dies of an unrelated cause, is it all right to eat it?
-OcV
by Oculus Vespertilionis
Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 44070

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

As for Bruno, again, there's a massive difference between an artistic work which may have social value and using the phrase "that's so gay" which only has value to you. Bruno's value might be worth its offensiveness; the joy you take in not changing your habits by no means outweighs the h...

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