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by TheStranger
Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inequality of information
Replies: 25
Views: 3688

Re: Inequality of information

Most of that information is freely available. It just takes a great deal of time and effort to compile it, and a touch of smarts to understand it. There is also far to much information out there to understood by one individual. For myself I'd love something along the lines of a "Department of S...
by TheStranger
Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Health Insurance: Alternative Industry-Level Ideas
Replies: 123
Views: 17905

Re: Health Insurance in the USA

The problem isn't the huge profits also. It's the fact that drugs are very expensive AND they make huge profits. And take huge risks... let's not forget that. The number of drugs that go into use is quite small compared to the number of drugs researched. More of an academic model in a way. You pay ...
by TheStranger
Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 117230

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

Ever now and then there is an XKCD comic that makes me stop and go "wow".... this definitely goes pretty high on that list.
by TheStranger
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drugs in America, the War on Drugs, and What Should Change
Replies: 191
Views: 14695

Re: Drugs in America, the War on Drugs, and What Should Change

The whole "War on Drugs" seems like a monumental waste of time / resources for the government. Restrictions on use are fine by me (as there are some dangerous drugs out there... acid / meth / pcp come to mind), but the current total ban policies only serve to fill our jails with people (ad...
by TheStranger
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Catholic Church repudiates priest for anti-Obama bulletin
Replies: 35
Views: 2625

Re: Catholic Church repudiates priest for anti-Obama bulletin

I'm not sure I see a major contradiction here. - repudiating a priest for making inflammatory statements not backed by his higher ups seems reasonable to me. - due to the strong anti-abortion stance that the Catholic Church has, and the most likely direction that Obama will take in regards to aborti...
by TheStranger
Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Health Insurance: Alternative Industry-Level Ideas
Replies: 123
Views: 17905

Re: US Health Insurance: Alternative Industry-Level Ideas

I would love an executive salary cap for certain types of corporations - one of them being health care. If you want a bigger executive salary, work in an industry where your huge salary doesn't rely on actively screwing over your customers by denying them the service they've paid for. That alone wo...
by TheStranger
Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Socialist Safety Net: Implications for the US
Replies: 47
Views: 4570

Re: Socialist Safety Net: Implications for the US

What about when we're talking 364 times the pay ? Doesn't this create an unnecessary imbalance between the top-level execs and those who might be a bit more needing of some sort of safety net? I don't see why... it is not the US government paying those executives, it is the board of directors for e...
by TheStranger
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is protecting the US so expensive?
Replies: 57
Views: 7336

Re: Why is protecting the US so expensive?

It seems to me that saying the US does care about the cost of the military but they want to have a global empire is like the people who say they care about the cost of housing but take out million dollar mortgages. Something like "talk is cheap, but your army isn't" We seem to have differ...
by TheStranger
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Debranded McDonalds
Replies: 25
Views: 2678

Re: Debranded McDonalds

Klapaucius wrote:I hope Quarter Pounder comes to the US. I could use a Quarter Pounder, but I am too easily distracted by freedom of variety and the color yellow.


It's probably so that the Green Lantern has somewhere to go when he wants McDonalds.
by TheStranger
Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 686
Views: 278808

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook

Here is an easy desert that I first had in Osaka... its fairly easy and very healthy (depending on how you set it up). Yogurt Vanilla Ice Cream Red Bean paste Three fruits of your choice Slice up the fruit relatively thin place a moderate sized scoop of ice cream in the middle of a bowl place the re...
by TheStranger
Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is protecting the US so expensive?
Replies: 57
Views: 7336

Re: Why is protecting the US so expensive?

If the US cared about the cost of their military, they'd be able to prevent attacks like 9/11, stop illegal immigration, and protect the United States from attacks simply by pulling out of those countries, keeping those people at home defending the borders, and cutting back on the massive costs of ...
by TheStranger
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Phoenix lander reaches its end
Replies: 2
Views: 925

Phoenix lander reaches its end

Well the time has finally arrived, the Phoenix lander has given it's last... as of November second it has been unresponsive.

Still, it was well worth it... we've learned so much (and scientists will probably spend the next few years pouring over the data Phoenix sent back).
by TheStranger
Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama's "Call to Service"
Replies: 160
Views: 11248

Re: Obama's "Call to Service"

What, because menial tasks really help you to be a better citizen? I think they'd just make the majority of people bitter. It's used for criminals as a form of soft punishment and because it's free labor. Is community service intended as soft punishment with the additional benefit of free labor? Fo...
by TheStranger
Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is protecting the US so expensive?
Replies: 57
Views: 7336

Re: Why is protecting the US so expensive?

Before WWII the US military was relatively small. It was only after the US became an international power that things changed. Interests around the world required protecting, the threat of the USSR loomed large, etc... In more modern times the global nature of the world means that the just because th...
by TheStranger
Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama's "Call to Service"
Replies: 160
Views: 11248

Re: Obama's "Call to Service"

I'm going to disagree with you there somewhat. The government supplies you with an education. Your education is supplied by the taxpayers (yourself and your parents included). It is the state government that manages it, and the fed who supplies some (not all) of the funding. You are going to pay ba...
by TheStranger
Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 17095

Re: Tipping people

Define "average service" and "much of a tip". Waitstaff get paid much less than they're worth by their employers, often less than minimum wage. In order to even get what's meant to be their "Standard" wages, they have to rely on tips. So if I understand you correctly, ...
by TheStranger
Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama's "Call to Service"
Replies: 160
Views: 11248

Re: Obama's "Call to Service"

You know what I just realized Malice? Your argument is essentially the same as rich people against the progressive tax rate. Just out of curiosity, are you are you also against that? The difference is that the dollar you pay in taxes goes into things that will conceivably be of a direct impact to y...
by TheStranger
Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 17095

Re: Tipping people

Personally, I have no problem with tipping when deserved. Fortunately for me, I have no qualms about being an asshole. If I feel my service was less than I desired, than they are going to get no or a very small tip. Period. Frankly, the best solution is if everyone took up this approach. That way s...
by TheStranger
Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 17095

Re: Tipping people

I'm always sure to tip a bit extra, because I know that the staff at restaurants are often underpaid (since they are expected to make up the difference through tips). The whole tip well for good service bit is to encourage the staff to be as attentive as possible, in the hope of earning a big tip. Y...
by TheStranger
Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is America more right-wing than other democracies?
Replies: 109
Views: 9845

Re: Why is America more right-wing than other democracies?

theferrymantune wrote:Maybe it's cause of a "two party system" that favors the rich and "connected" by default, just a thought.


Politics on the state / national scale favors the rich and connected due to it's scope (it takes a great deal of money to compete in such elections).
by TheStranger
Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why can't we just print money... ?
Replies: 124
Views: 27332

Re: Why can't we just print money... ?

The gov would have to print a huge amount of money to cover it's yearly operating expenses! Which brings up an interesting question. How many actual dollars are there vs. dollars that exist in economic space? I'd be very surprised if the number of greenback approached the number of virtual dollars t...
by TheStranger
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23286

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

See, nothing you just said refutes a thing that I said. You're talking about what people want, not what they need. No one needs to live where they want. How do you determine the exact needed living space for a given individual, or where where they live? Do we issue everyone a slot in a government b...
by TheStranger
Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexual Marriage?
Replies: 394
Views: 35740

Re: Secular Case Against Gay Marriage

I think an appropriate question/response is, from a secular perspective, what is the purpose of marriage? Tax breaks? Benefits? There are a few issues at stake. (from a purely American perspective) 1) Traditionally, only one person in a marriage has a paying job. The (US) government seeks/sought to...
by TheStranger
Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24818

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

How would you feel about a fine for not voting? (as exists in some other nations) You can choose to not vote but you get fined $100. Ixtellor Mandating voting is not mandating informed voting. More then likely those people who were not inclined to vote in the first place would just punch random but...
by TheStranger
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23286

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

For almost every need, there is want. People need shelter. They want a nice apartment, house, or mansion. People need food. They want good tasting, nutritious, easy and fast food. People need clothing. They want clothes that are comfortable and attractive. Yet what meets a persons need for shelter ...
by TheStranger
Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 210558

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

Mechanically: The all around worst book I had to read for school was Utopia. The translation was horrible.... there were no paragraphs and some of the sentences seemed to go on forever. All around: Kafka's Metamorphosis... That story is such a 'what the hell'. I first read it in HS, then again in Co...
by TheStranger
Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Robert E. Howard - Conan Mythos
Replies: 5
Views: 1345

Re: Robert E. Howard - Conan Mythos

"The coming of Conan" is the first collection in a sequence publishing all of REH's works (Conan, Solomon Kane, Bram Mac Morn, and many of his associated works). I started collecting as soon as the series came out, and have since devoured every scrap of his writings that I can get my hands...
by TheStranger
Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: O Brother Where Art Thou
Replies: 12
Views: 2454

Re: O Brother Where Art Thou

O Brother where art thou is among my all time favorite movies. I'm not sure why, but it's just one that I always really enjoy.
by TheStranger
Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why Are (Economic) Conservatives Still Relevant?
Replies: 75
Views: 6199

Re: Why Are (Economic) Conservatives Still Relevant?

It's not so much that the market does not know how to deal with it's freedom, but rather that it takes time for the system to stabilize when given a new input. The fluctuations in price are the market seeking a new equilibrium. Same thing, different words. Different words, different view of the sys...
by TheStranger
Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why Are (Economic) Conservatives Still Relevant?
Replies: 75
Views: 6199

Re: Why Are (Economic) Conservatives Still Relevant?

The problem with deregulation is illustrated by this story. After years of regulation, the market doesn't know how to deal with new-found freedom, and insane excesses dominate, often causing a short bubble followed by a total crash. It's not so much that the market does not know how to deal with it...
by TheStranger
Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The middle class
Replies: 35
Views: 2840

Re: The middle class

I am not completely sure about the correct semantics of these terms in English, but I would argue that a family is middle-class if it is rich enough to have a second house and/or a second car, and working class if it does not. A second car maybe (in much of the US a second car is needed for both ad...
by TheStranger
Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23286

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

I'd just like to put it out there that Marx's philosophies really haven't been tested in an undiluted form. If people want explanation of this, I can give it, but I'd suggest reading his writings and comparing with all the modern examples of "Marxism". No political theory ever has been (o...
by TheStranger
Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23286

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

We're talking about fairly ideal cases, but not unrealistic by future means. So I'm going to have to completely disagree with you, because it's actually really easy to imagine a system in which it could guarantee success. Unless you consider it realistic that we are going to develop replicator tech...
by TheStranger
Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23286

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

A system of socialization cannot guarantee needs. Realistically, it can as long as the demand for workers is met, and the resources are available. Particularly in the scenario that I began with. Only in ideal cases. In practical considerations no system can "guarantee" it's success. It wo...
by TheStranger
Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23286

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

Isn't it prudent to ask what any new Marxism-X is going to do differently from all those other Marxism-X? Sure, but I think that, if those differences are given, it would be a flawed argument to say that Marxism-X is bound to turn out like Marxism-Y simply because they are both forms of Marxism. Ho...
by TheStranger
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23286

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

You ignored the example of China and brushed off Cuba by referring to its state-run economy. When you say that all states founded on Marxism have economic disaster as a common feature, do you mean that Marxism is an economic disaster by definition? I can also cite examples of starvation and brutali...
by TheStranger
Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23286

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

Um, I may be missing something here but supply and demand changing the value of bread is a principle of a capitalist market, not a communist one. A communist market would have state control over resources and various prices and distribution of said resources, so the value only changes as agricultur...
by TheStranger
Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Makin' Diamonds
Replies: 25
Views: 3249

Re: Makin' Diamonds

If I recall correctly, diamonds are only expensive now because of hoarding from the diamond companies... artificial diamonds, while cool, aren't exactly necessary yet. Would artificial diamonds be cost effective if natural diamonds were priced normally? These ones would be, because their shape / co...
by TheStranger
Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 26797

Re: Age of Consent in US

I said this in another thread, but I think it's pretty fucked up that there seems to be no middle ground here between a completely (legally at least) appropriate relationship and rape. It's fine if you think that an eighteen year old sleeping with a fifteen year old is wrong. I guess. But the idea ...
by TheStranger
Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 26797

Re: Age of Consent in US

I'm always worried about laws that "protect" children from things they don't want to be protected from. In cases like these, like cases with cigarette laws, you're punishing an adult because a kid lied to them. There is some flex room in the laws. If it can be shown that it was a reasonab...

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