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by Amicitia
Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2858458

Re: Confessional Thread

I-d: Hee! *feels understood* It's not so much a needing a sexy-fun-time-dom, but more of a "I am a lot happier when I am around people who give me a *use* and a *purpose* and are powerful and smarter and stronger and possibly eviller than me, and they do not discard me." Amicitia: See, I ...
by Amicitia
Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Concessional Thread (or: Let's Discuss Social Theory!)
Replies: 54
Views: 4113

Re: Concessional Thread (or: Let's Design Social Theory!)

No offense, but maybe you should read more. Some of the most widely read books of our time address this kind of thing and none of them nicely. I wish people read these widely read books. =\ Also, I'm going to call the OP out for screwing around with definitions. Libertarians do not follow an anti-g...
by Amicitia
Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2858458

Re: Confessional Thread

functionally_stupid wrote:Example: If someone throws a rock at me and it hits me in the face, I will only respond to it if I think they don't understand the implications of their actions, and need to learn that other people are hurt when they do bad things.

That's a good thing to know.
by Amicitia
Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Golden Key Honour Society - Scam or Worth It?
Replies: 12
Views: 12580

Re: Golden Key Honour Society - Scam or Worth It?

williamager wrote:I always thought honour societies were about honour, not coupons.

Unless it's a discount on social mobility!
by Amicitia
Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Incest. (Now with more cousin marriage)
Replies: 136
Views: 24980

Re: Incest. (Now with more cousin marriage)

Forget genetics, it would suck to be the children of two family members socially.

Insignificant Deification wrote:Perhaps this deserves its own separate thread: But am I the only one who thinks there may be a better way to raise children than in a family?

Lenina Crowne would agree with you.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Weirdest Daydream?
Replies: 11
Views: 1333

Re: Weirdest Daydream?

Daydreams in themselves are weird, since one both here and there.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The "Prove Your Worth" Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 6348

Re: The "Prove Your Worth" Thread

I might point out that considering asymmetric information, one cannot assume the truth of such statements. The spaceships might just be there to take out the middleman.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Al Gore/IPCC win Nobel Peace Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 2360

Re: Al Gore/IPCC win Nobel Peace Prize

But the UN is useless--I mean, it looks nice on a C.V., but I was referring to their efficacy as a group.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google Vs. Evil
Replies: 43
Views: 7923

Re: Google Vs. Evil

Profits are their primary motivator. Yeah, but that makes it sound like making money is a bad thing. It doesn't corrupt, money doesn't have ambition, it just is. It's possible to profit and help people at the same time. The inverse is also true: it's possible to lose money and make waste while caus...
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Getting ideas in awkward places
Replies: 36
Views: 2829

Re: Getting ideas in awkward places

My "aha" moments are inconvenient since they're all at 4AM.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Golden Key Honour Society - Scam or Worth It?
Replies: 12
Views: 12580

Re: Golden Key Honour Society - Scam or Worth It?

I never said such groups are scams, just not worth being in.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Golden Key Honour Society - Scam or Worth It?
Replies: 12
Views: 12580

Re: Golden Key Honour Society - Scam or Worth It?

Any group that wants you in it is not worth being in.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google Vs. Evil
Replies: 43
Views: 7923

Re: Google Vs. Evil

Profits are their primary motivator.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google Vs. Evil
Replies: 43
Views: 7923

Re: Google Vs. Evil

Corporations and virtue aren't mutually exclusive.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The "Prove Your Worth" Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 6348

Re: The "Prove Your Worth" Thread

This is the perfect chance to kill everyone.
by Amicitia
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Peak oil?
Replies: 137
Views: 13476

Re: Peak oil?

I don't see why there's so much of a panic. The opportunity cost of switching to non-oil energy resources will diminish until at some point renewable energy resources will be more profitable than oil. Businesses have no loyalty to oil, and only use it since it is cheapest.
by Amicitia
Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10551

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

On the contrary, one might think that it's the interference of the state in the health industry that encourages inefficiency; c.p., it oughtn't be cheaper for me to stay in the hospital for a month as compared to a monthly specialist visit and daily preventatives, but it is. :wink: I think it is rat...
by Amicitia
Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Respecting others' opinions and beliefs.
Replies: 32
Views: 2973

Re: Respecting others' opinions and beliefs.

I looked, but maybe my search-fu is weak. If this already exists, do as you see fit. But anyway, I've been thinking about respecting others' beliefs and opinions. Is that not the most patronizing idea you've ever heard? "I think you're full of shit, but I respect your right to be full of shit....
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10551

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

I'm just identifying that they are detracting from the issue that smoking is harmful. Smoking is addictive, so a tax will only really affect new smokers. For long-time smokers, I'm pretty sure it's price-inelastic.
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10551

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

So what you're attempting to say, in your inimitable way, is that you think smoking should be banned, and therefore you favor an increase in the cost of smoking because it is a small step toward that. Okay. A strawman is when you present a weak or oversimplified argument, attribute that argument to...
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10551

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

Would you be okay with a homicide tax or a rape tax then?
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10551

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

It might seem rather rash, but consider the regulations on alcohol or asbestos. My contention is that the externalities are too high--worse than alcohol, perhaps. The strawman is on the policymaker's part.
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10551

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

Ah, you're talking about the effect on OTHER people. If you can stop yourself from dripping condescension onto my screen long enough to think about what you type, you'd realize that we're talking about insuring kids with a cigarette tax. This may prevent people from smoking, which will reduce the n...
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10551

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

Yes, but as you pointed out, they shouldn't have to have other people pay for their medical costs, and in fact they only receive this medical treatment if they pay for their medical insurance themselves. So where's the problem? I believe it was the "smokers are carcinogen-spewing assholes who ...
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10551

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

Sorry about the double post, but they're directed at *vastly* different subjects and the previous one was plenty long enough. on average, each cigarette pack sold costs Americans more than $3.90 in smoking-related expenses. This means that each time someone buys a pack of cigarettes, the American p...
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?
Replies: 151
Views: 10551

Re: Won't Someone Think Of The Children?

I have nothing against smoking. Smoke all you want. Rock on. Most of my friends smoke. Maybe one of the fringe benefits of your smoking habit is that you help to cover the medical costs for people who don't have the sort of disposable income smokers have. I wish I had friends who could give me canc...
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ann Coulter: adding to the blonde stereotype
Replies: 31
Views: 3437

Re: Ann Coulter: adding to the blonde stereotype

I'm never sure if it's Coulter or Couture; never cared either.
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Respecting others' opinions and beliefs.
Replies: 32
Views: 2973

Re: Respecting others' opinions and beliefs.

A debate where one has to look for the other's fallacies to make a point is a sad one.
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does math exist? Could reality be made of math?
Replies: 136
Views: 19815

Re: Does math exist? Could reality be made of math?

One of the three must be true?
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Arguing
Replies: 58
Views: 4667

Re: Arguing

You have to wear formal attire though. :(
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does math exist? Could reality be made of math?
Replies: 136
Views: 19815

Re: Does math exist? Could reality be made of math?

Can assumptions exist?
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms for self defence
Replies: 360
Views: 31111

Re: Firearms for self defence

If the opportunity cost is high enough.
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Respecting others' opinions and beliefs.
Replies: 32
Views: 2973

Re: Respecting others' opinions and beliefs.

A sixteen-hour argument sounds pretty epic.
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 10, 2007 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Jerk
Replies: 34
Views: 6457

Re: Jerk

Solt wrote:Yup.

I wonder what that would feel like.

Try riding a bus.
by Amicitia
Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Intellectual laziness
Replies: 8
Views: 1078

Re: Intellectual laziness

People who use cliché are intellectually lazy.
by Amicitia
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Arguing
Replies: 58
Views: 4667

Re: Arguing

If you're in high school, there's the National Forensics League.
by Amicitia
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Good, easily understandable books
Replies: 9
Views: 4052

Re: Good, easily understandable books

Do you have anything against Royden?
by Amicitia
Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Veteran Charged with Theft for Stealing Mexican Flag
Replies: 54
Views: 4957

Re: Veteran Charged with Theft for Stealing Mexican Flag

The flag laws are trivialities thought up by overzealous politicians. As long as it cannot be enforced, I'm going to say that in any situation, it's best to consider the effective laws as well as the predominant social norms.
by Amicitia
Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 54175

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

Simply using the term "nazi" flippantly trivializes the difference between gross violations of human rights and trivial grammatical errors.
by Amicitia
Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Coolest-looking currency?
Replies: 74
Views: 4762

Re: Coolest-looking currency?

The Susan B. Anthony dollar coin is awesome. It has a eagle on the moon.

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