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by Ouiser
Fri May 21, 2010 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is the world really falling into chaos?
Replies: 18
Views: 3450

Re: Is the world really falling into chaos?

Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.
by Ouiser
Thu May 20, 2010 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Primer for Politics?
Replies: 32
Views: 3256

Re: Primer for Politics?

Yes, that is going to be my next argument. They describe themselves as progressive (a bias to be sure) and are founded by a man who wrote a book critical of the "conservative media machine". Forgive me for not counting this as an objective source. They do not hide their bias. Just to conf...
by Ouiser
Thu May 20, 2010 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Primer for Politics?
Replies: 32
Views: 3256

Re: Primer for Politics?

Care to back up these assertions? I've seen some pretty bad news come our of MSNBC and CNN too (including things that got a reporter fired). Fox news channel on Media Matters . MSNBC on Media Matters . Mind that some of the hits are hits that tag both stations. I know what your next argument will b...
by Ouiser
Thu May 20, 2010 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Primer for Politics?
Replies: 32
Views: 3256

Re: Primer for Politics?

Care to back up these assertions? I've seen some pretty bad news come our of MSNBC and CNN too (including things that got a reporter fired). I'm not trying to defend Fox, I'm just sick of seeing everyone dump on it without acknowledging that MSNBC and others are just as bad, but from the left. It's ...
by Ouiser
Wed May 19, 2010 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Primer for Politics?
Replies: 32
Views: 3256

Re: Primer for Politics?

I'm also not so quick to buy the "This place has a liberal bias, therefore it must be Fox with different paint" equivalency meme. Fox is phenomenally bad, often more akin to if a tabloid were published for partisan reasons than any legitimate news organization. Pretty much any media watch...
by Ouiser
Wed May 05, 2010 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The perfect world- can a democratic and fair world exist
Replies: 55
Views: 6635

Re: The perfect world- can a democratic and fair world exist

For such a thing to exist, you need a single ruling body. Preferably an individual, with the power to rule with an iron fist in a velvet glove. Second, that ruling body or individual must be beyond corruption. This means you need a sociopath, or someone similarly unfeeling. Third, and this is the t...
by Ouiser
Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 31033

Re: Right to die.

How about making life not so shitty that people want to commit suicide in the first place? (Suicidal depression couldn't have always been as common as it is now, or else humans would have evolved immunity to it.) That's probably best left for another thread and I doubt very much anyone is opposed t...
by Ouiser
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 31033

Re: Right to die.

Helping a terminal patient actively suicide shouldn't be allowed. Allowing them to refuse treatment that would extend that life should be. Maybe that's a silly distinction to make, but I think it's important. A healthy person that suicides? Not much can be done about that anyway so it's a moot point...
by Ouiser
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 17200

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Then we have to go back to my original question. How will you stop these personal transactions? The law. It is illegal to sell anything to anyone except the Government. It is illegal to buy anything without Government approval. However, it is acceptable to give away as a gift, any item you wish, wi...
by Ouiser
Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conservative Political Views
Replies: 45
Views: 7348

Re: Conservative Political Views

"That Hideous Strength," (from the "Silent Planet" trilogy by C.S. Lewis, a masterpiece of 20th century social conservativism) beautifully gets to the problem of ideology in society. It's fun when someone references relatively unknown books and I recognize them. That was a good ...
by Ouiser
Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 17200

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Actually you were going on about the banks going bust, which would also mean a lot of businesses going bust - GLOBALLY. PS Capitalism has been going for more than a few years. 'Not giving Capitalism a proper try' - Chuckle. The first of these two statements does not disqualify the possibility the g...
by Ouiser
Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?
Replies: 287
Views: 36980

Re: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?

If the black woman marries a white man, then there will be situations where the white father lacks the experiences of a black father and cannot act as a role model in that respect. . This is an interesting assertion. What situations would those be? I think this question is ridiculous from the outse...
by Ouiser
Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why shouldn't we kill off a large percentage of the Earth?
Replies: 198
Views: 30768

Re: Why shouldn't we kill off a large percentage of the Eart

Chickens will eat pretty much anything (including the shells from their own eggs) which makes them even more useful. Just an tidbit I find interesting.

Kinda like pigs, nature's garbage disposal.
by Ouiser
Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 17200

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

[BigNose] I'm sorry. I read this and burst out in laughter. Ofcourse I voluntarily gave my money to the bank, but that was for safe keeping and possibly gaining some return. So I put 1000-2000 into the Banks and now as a Tax payer I have to pay (a virtual) 9000 to get back to where we w...
by Ouiser
Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 17200

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

I'm sorry. I read this and burst out in laughter. Ofcourse I voluntarily gave my money to the bank, but that was for safe keeping and possibly gaining some return. So I put 1000-2000 into the Banks and now as a Tax payer I have to pay (a virtual) 9000 to get back to where we were! It is a fact that...
by Ouiser
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are you entitled to your money?
Replies: 167
Views: 21414

Re: Are you entitled to your money?

Free Market is the best solution to this that we've come up with so far. Problem is, the US really isn't a free market. It's not even the the closest to free market at the moment (I think Hong Kong is at the top right now). People argue that free market it isn't working, but we haven't even really t...
by Ouiser
Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is America being too nice?
Replies: 34
Views: 5196

Re: Is America being too nice?

Where did I say the work was hard? I just said it was work. And I'm not talking about the run of the mill westerner as I pointed out. I'm a run of the mill westerner as I only work 40 or 50 hours a week. I'm talking about the billionaire that is responsible for the livelihood of the hundreds of peop...
by Ouiser
Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is America being too nice?
Replies: 34
Views: 5196

Re: Is America being too nice?

Right. We should just give until we have nothing left to give. The US already gives more privately and publicly than any other country. It all goes back to give a man a fish, eat for a day versus teach him to fish, eat for a lifetime. Well, it seems to go beyond that even. You can teach all you want...
by Ouiser
Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 19266

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

I apologize for not recalling the ongoing discussion of witchcraft. I do not believe it is grasping at straws to suggest dangerous situations should be considered when thinking about laws like this one. I would never neglect to help someone if there were no obvious danger to me, but that doesn't mea...
by Ouiser
Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 19266

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

Another way to put Ouiser's post- the people dealing with a situation have more knowledge regarding the situation than an armchair philosopher or an inquest committee. Categorical rules enforced by individuals with lower knowledge may be worse than incremental decisions made by individuals with hig...
by Ouiser
Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 19266

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

Likewise, we don't leave people dangling off cliffs because we don't want to be left hanging ourselves. The heart of each consideration is the same: 1.) A consideration of the inherent dignity of human life (something Libertarianism claims to defend) and 2.) The notion of receprocity as a survival ...
by Ouiser
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Corporal Punishment & Child Abuse Reporting Laws
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Corporal Punishment & Child Abuse Reporting Laws

My point is this. You did no harm by reporting it. You feel like you did the right thing, and thats what matters. Going beyond ones duty is not wrong until it causes harm to others. I have no obligation to rat out drug dealers and gang members - but if I knew some, I might anyway. It takes a strong...
by Ouiser
Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Corporal Punishment & Child Abuse Reporting Laws
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Child Abuse

Yes, I am required to report it despite the reaction of the parents. Once it is reported, however, it's out of my hands. What happens then is determined by the results of the police investigation and whether or not the parents choose to press charges. To clarify, here is the law in my state regardi...
by Ouiser
Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Corporal Punishment & Child Abuse Reporting Laws
Replies: 18
Views: 3652

Re: Child Abuse

This is a moral problem that has hit me in the past few days. Though I think I responded correctly, it still isn't sitting right with me. I volunteer at a local business twice a week. There is an eleven year old boy who hangs out there after school. Like most boys his age, he can be pretty hyper an...
by Ouiser
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 19266

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

I think we've covered defining the concept of libertarianism, so I'm going to actually respond to these points. If this is a problem we can branch or rename the topic or something, or just lock it. A good point to make here is that if you drastically reduce the size and scope of government, it does...
by Ouiser
Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 19266

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

What about campaign financing? For an extreme hypothetical, would Libertarians consider a corporation running its own CEO or primary stockholder for president and then instructing that official to help them out "government interference"? What about capped donations to political parties? I...
by Ouiser
Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Weighted Voting System
Replies: 37
Views: 5320

Re: Weighted Voting System

Bad idea. Most of the time stuff like this is proposed because one side or the other is upset at how elections are going. "If only they were smart enough to understand what they were voting for, surely they would see my side of things." If you believe that the "redneck" (one of t...
by Ouiser
Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41454

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Well Ousier, do you think it shouldn't be a crime? Or at least punisable with a fine? Or simply, don't you think there's nothing wrong with refusing rescue? Also there's no strawman. Your argument can be used to excuse murder. Tell me why punishing murderers is good even though it removes your free...
by Ouiser
Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41454

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

I've had this discussion on another topic on another forum. I had no luck explaining the difference that time either. I can't understand why you wouldn't be bothered by having a choice removed from your control. The outcome of that choice has nothing to do with it. So if you see someone bleeding on...
by Ouiser
Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41454

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Ask me to donate blood and I'll happily do it (and have on many occasions). If I'm no longer free to make that choice, that's when the problem starts. My interpretation of this statement (correct me if I'm wrong) is that you would donate blood in any situation where one asked it of you. However, yo...
by Ouiser
Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41454

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Now yes, in an ideal world where persons accept that their loved ones are dead and that the remaining corpses are merely sentimental objects, perhaps everyone would be ok with having the entirity of their remains used for whatever good could come of it, but the fact remains that people are upset wh...
by Ouiser
Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41454

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

His comparison of selling the car works if it's phrased just a little differently. Instead of having to steal the car, the government uses law to take it and sell it, then gives the money to that person for the operation. No, you are not understanding me at all. Also your example doesn't make sense...
by Ouiser
Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41454

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

His comparison of selling the car works if it's phrased just a little differently. Instead of having to steal the car, the government uses law to take it and sell it, then gives the money to that person for the operation. After all, his right to life is more important than the car. Just to get aroun...
by Ouiser
Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41454

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

The LAST thing I want is for my mother's body to become a piece of government property after her death. You better bring a SWAT team with you to make that happen. I know this is an emotional reaction. But that is what we're dealing with here. It will take generations before the kind of attitude cha...
by Ouiser
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41454

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

I think you'll have even less luck giving ownership of the newly dead to the government than you'll have with mandatory organ donation. The LAST thing I want is for my mother's body to become a piece of government property after her death. You better bring a SWAT team with you to make that happen. I...
by Ouiser
Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fair and Balanced gets Palinized
Replies: 85
Views: 8776

Re: Fair and Balanced gets Palinized

Thanks, I'll check them out.

I'm just relieved that no one suggested CNN or MSNBC.
by Ouiser
Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fair and Balanced gets Palinized
Replies: 85
Views: 8776

Re: Fair and Balanced gets Palinized

So, if Fox news is so far out of line, where do I go for news on TV?
by Ouiser
Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41454

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Some of the attitudes in this thread have completely soured my attitude towards organ donation. It definitely requires an opt-out at the very least.
by Ouiser
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why shouldn't we kill off a large percentage of the Earth?
Replies: 198
Views: 30768

Re: Why shouldn't we kill off a large percentage of the Earth?

Good point about team. I'd also be willing to die to defend my family or a cause such as the human race. And yes, it's a very pragmatic view. I still think it's superior to picking and choosing. If you're not willing to fight for your existence, then you won't be much good to anyone anyway.
by Ouiser
Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why shouldn't we kill off a large percentage of the Earth?
Replies: 198
Views: 30768

Re: Why shouldn't we kill off a large percentage of the Earth?

This will solve itself. If we get to the point where resources are limited (I don't think this will happen, I believe technology will make larger populations possible), we'll go to war for them. People will die in these wars, problem solved. This is just as good (acutally better if you ask me) as so...

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