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by ShadE
Thu May 07, 2015 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Segregated Bathrooms [Thread Split]
Replies: 165
Views: 40857

Re: Segregated Bathrooms [Thread Split]

And so help anyone that mentions toilet seat position. - Az Good point Az... it has already been shown that most people use toilets in the wrong way. http://www.margaretsbelly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/reverse-toilet-sitting.jpg A popular highway stop I use has one Mens and one Womens each con...
by ShadE
Fri May 01, 2015 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fixing police brutality
Replies: 107
Views: 39221

Re: Fixing police brutality

The only way to 'fix' it totally is to end police, then it just becomes brutality, which will still happen. The problem is that police are given extra trust/responsibility, but in reality they are very similar to normal citizens. http://www.policemisconduct.net/ has specific examples you can read ab...
by ShadE
Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Attacking an idea vs attacking the person who holds it
Replies: 33
Views: 13031

Re: Attacking an idea vs attacking the person who holds it

To what extent is an attack on a strongly held belief an attack on the person who holds it? This happens a lot in politics, religion, race, etc. As people, we tend to associate ourselves with strongly held beliefs, so someone attacking them is like a personal attack. I don't think it is at all, in ...
by ShadE
Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35373

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

From my previous posts I believe there is the most opportunity in 'adjustment channel' #8. Well, if we're not seeing increases in lower cost workers, is there evidence that #8 is a significant result? If the primary coping mechanism was decreased wages for high income workers, you'd expect to see c...
by ShadE
Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35373

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

He starts with the four year, $17 million (NOT from the Koch brothers!) study released by the Minimum Wage Study Commission in 1981. This study concluded (among other things) that a 10% increase in minimum wage reduced teen employment from 0 to 1.5 percent. This would tend to support my thesis, sin...
by ShadE
Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35373

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

OK. Fine. I accept that Math does not necessarily provide the answer you want, or that is politically feasible. I posit we still do not know enough to say it cannot explain a perpetual motion machine or 3 > X > 5... for all we know those conditions could exist in a black hole. Just some rough number...
by ShadE
Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35373

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

There has to be some way to calculate a range, or table of ranges, that achieves this for both large and small businesses... I am just not smart enough to figure it out on my lunch break!! Why does there have to be? Wanting something doesn't make it real. There has to be because given enough time a...
by ShadE
Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35373

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

Instead of a minimum 'wage' exactly how about a minimum 'percent of business leader(s)'... whether it be just the CEO/Small Business Owner or the average of top management. This has the benefit of striking some sort of balance in the economy as a whole... as well as being scalable to impact large c...
by ShadE
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35373

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

Instead of a minimum 'wage' exactly how about a minimum 'percent of business leader(s)'... whether it be just the CEO/Small Business Owner or the average of top management. This has the benefit of striking some sort of balance in the economy as a whole... as well as being scalable to impact large co...
by ShadE
Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality of Entertainment, Decision Making, and Free-time
Replies: 7
Views: 4034

Re: Morality of Entertainment, Decision Making, and Free-tim

elasto brings up a good point. I generally view my video game addiction as 'recharging the batteries' in order to face the next day of social interactions at work (and other places) that I dislike on some level due to being introverted. I just find video games fun. I have often wondered what would h...
by ShadE
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why are government-run businesses so inefficient?
Replies: 131
Views: 30997

Re: Why are government-run businesses so inefficient?

Government is politics... politics is about staying in power (i.e. re-election in modernity)... politics is NOT about being efficient (See: Romney ad spending). Elon Musk says it much better in a recent interview when asked why SpaceX can do what NASA did for like 10% of the cost. http://www.wired.c...
by ShadE
Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases
Replies: 93
Views: 15865

Re: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases

I go all the way back to page 1 to support ElPresidente's general point. Words is words... words don't give offense... people take offense. I believe Eleanor Roosevelt said it best... "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent." Or maybe just remember another pearl of...
by ShadE
Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The best way for an individual to do good.
Replies: 33
Views: 4885

Re: The best way for an individual to do good.

I am staunchly hedonistic... and would choose the video games and masturbation previously suggested. But I applaud your desire to do good. I suggest you find, then work with some other 'like-minded' people in your community and undertake the planning and construction of self sufficient housing. Powe...
by ShadE
Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: using biology to defend civil rights
Replies: 59
Views: 7790

Re: using biology to defend civil rights

I tend to agree with Iv. Marriage is what muddies the waters. In my opinion marriage should fall by the wayside like the antiquated institution that it is. We live in an increasingly individualistic society... marriage made sense when a division of labor was necessary for survival, but that is no lo...
by ShadE
Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The US Abolishes its Military: What would happen?
Replies: 80
Views: 12903

Re: The US Abolishes its Military: What would happen?

Two things that pop into my head that have been touched upon, but not explored deeply: 1) Nukes... specifically America's current stockpile. Without a military these stockpiles are basically up for grabs... why does Iran need to speed up its research if it can just grab a few nukes that are ready to...
by ShadE
Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racial profiling
Replies: 24
Views: 3896

Re: Racial profiling

BoomFrog touches on an important distinction... there is a temporal component at work here. The "good police work" usually happens after a crime has taken place. If no crime is known to have taken place then is ANY police work really necessary? This is a very fine line to walk... preventio...
by ShadE
Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racial profiling
Replies: 24
Views: 3896

Re: Racial profiling

Profiling appears to be illegal (in the US at least): "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, a...
by ShadE
Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: This professor would like to clone himself. Thoughts?
Replies: 54
Views: 7716

Re: This professor would like to clone himself. Thoughts?

So... I'm not really sure why any of these are really issues? Good answers... and I agree with pretty much all of them. They are not necessarily issues in my mind, but they inevitably will be when this is politicized as it becomes closer and closer to reality. If a single US President can halt/crip...
by ShadE
Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: This professor would like to clone himself. Thoughts?
Replies: 54
Views: 7716

Re: This professor would like to clone himself. Thoughts?

I say do it up! Defects can go over the cliffs... oh wait... this isn't Sparta. OK you better get it right then. Just some other important things to consider: --When can/should the clone be aborted? --Is the clone granted human rights? (I would say so) --What is the limit to cloning clones? (copies ...

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