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by Ari
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Positive Discrimination
Replies: 158
Views: 11202

Re: Positive Discrimination

If you are trying to level all the starting points, positive discrimination is too drastic and quick-fixy a change. It risks overcorrecting (unfortunately there is no evidence, just my opinion) the problem. I'm not saying I want all the starting points to remain uneven, I'm saying that the best way...
by Ari
Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I want a Shirt that says....
Replies: 76
Views: 7032

Re: I want a Shirt that says....

I <3 Shadows wrote:I would like a shirt that has "I like talking to strangers." printed clearly on the front.


You could go further and have one that says "Please violate my personal space." :P
by Ari
Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Intelligent Design in the classroom
Replies: 111
Views: 7726

Re: Intelligent Design in the classroom

I think I meant to chop your outside quote off, hehe. :)
by Ari
Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Intelligent Design in the classroom
Replies: 111
Views: 7726

Re: Intelligent Design in the classroom

Fact A-- Scientists themselves have admitted that it would be almost impossible for life as it is on our planet to exist. Just the right distance from the sun, chemical makeup, etc, etc. And, try as they might, no scientist can create bacteria from the materials of an ancient Earth. Someone had to ...
by Ari
Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape isn't about sex?
Replies: 165
Views: 17062

Re: Rape isn't about sex?

Excuse me for losing track of this one. :) So that's my problem with saying that rape is about violence. It's a gross oversimplification, and it has the effect of distancing ourselves from the possibility of rape, whether committing it or becoming a victim of it. Rape is not sex, but rapists, for th...
by Ari
Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Diversity for the sake of diversity
Replies: 38
Views: 4677

Re: Diversity for the sake of diversity

Well, this may be a little aside, but the endangered species act requires acting to save, um, endangered species, so we're legally obligated to try to save them, but the rationale behind it is that the species diversity itself is valuable. We preserve them for the sake of that value. To use the ham...
by Ari
Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Just joined a union.
Replies: 78
Views: 7474

Re: Just joined a union.

Same. It seems so wierd that something as marxist as a union wouldn't want commies. I'd say the major internal conflict on the Left is the enmity between revolutionary and reformist socialism. The communist parties usually represent the former, while the unions are usually counted as the latter. I ...
by Ari
Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Informed voters -- creating a study
Replies: 31
Views: 3368

Re: Informed voters -- creating a study

There was an experiment proposed in "The Dilbert Future" which I feel is relevant. The idea is that you go through the country (or the world, if you can pick broad enough issues to vote on) and select the top 1% (or .1% or .01%) of the smartest and most knowledgeable people alive. And you...
by Ari
Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110718

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

I don't like it when people forget the final comma in a list. It makes me angry, annoyed, and agitated. I agree with you. I am a fan of the Oxford Comma as well, but it is not required. And it's not grammatically incorrect to leave it out. I find it best practice to always use the Oxford Comma beca...
by Ari
Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words You Didn't Know That Describe Things Perfectly
Replies: 91
Views: 27758

Re: Words You Didn't Know That Describe Things Perfectly

In the spirit of Terry Pratchett I just googled a word for the smell of the earth after rain. Turns out it's "petrichor". Somehow I was expecting something better. Given the advent of the internet, I would've said English is a bit more likely to converge a bit more than it diverges, (of c...
by Ari
Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0443: "Know Your Vines"
Replies: 167
Views: 31386

Re: "Know Your Vines" Discussion

ps: Where's that avatar from? The art style looks strangely familiar. It's from one of those websites where you can make a cartoon of yourself by choosing all the facial features... I forget the address though, I made it a while ago. I'm sure you could find it with a bit of Googling. Ah, okay. I th...
by Ari
Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Fuck shit piss goddamn motherfucker (Swearing)
Replies: 82
Views: 16813

Re: Fuck shit piss goddamn motherfucker (Swearing)

It actually bothers me when people my age refuse to swear, sometimes. One of my best friends was taught to say "witch" instead of "bitch" as a kid, and still does, along with "dang" and "eff" and stuff like that. It drives me a little crazy but I don't make a...
by Ari
Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: No, no, roll the "R"
Replies: 60
Views: 8447

Re: No, no, roll the "R"

It's not like I'm Italian or anything. But this sounds familiar to the 'annoyance' (not so much of an annoyance really, just something I see everytime and that I wonder about, but I just don't know a better word) I feel when I hear an American movie with the name Julio or Jose in it. The J is, in m...
by Ari
Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words You Didn't Know That Describe Things Perfectly
Replies: 91
Views: 27758

Re: Words You Didn't Know That Describe Things Perfectly

Overmorrow- so awesome! Perhaps "Queen's English" ought to be standardised and distributed and left at that. What version of the Queen's English do you propose to standardize and distribute? This one. I'm saying, take it as it is NOW and make it the official language. I'm not saying people...
by Ari
Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0443: "Know Your Vines"
Replies: 167
Views: 31386

Re: "Know Your Vines" Discussion

One of the better comics recently, which is saying something I think. I seriously hope it didn't happen IRL though >< ...there is some kind of overrepresentation of kinky people among xkcd readers compared to normal (dare I say neurotypical) people? You know, I was considering getting an xkcd shirt ...
by Ari
Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0442: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel"
Replies: 372
Views: 87903

Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

I really like the Barack Obama joke, for some reason.
by Ari
Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0441: "Babies"
Replies: 111
Views: 21086

Re: "Babies" discussion

I found the comic funny, even the alt text. I have read a great deal about the Fritzl case, but I failed to think of that when reading the alt text because the keywords "parents with kids in basement" is not linked to the case in my memory: 1) The strip's parents clearly are far removed f...
by Ari
Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0441: "Babies"
Replies: 111
Views: 21086

Re: "Babies" Discussion

Isn't it too soon after Creepy Austrian Guy's crimes came to light to be making jokes about storing children in cellars? I don't know, have people stopped raping their daughters yet? No? Okay, yes, too soon then. :P I'm afraid I have to join the "poor taste" crowd. I find the alt text fun...
by Ari
Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0436: "How It Happened"
Replies: 168
Views: 38178

Re: "How It Happened" Discussion

GCM wrote:Do I sense the birth of a recurring gag?


...that's what he said?

I thought some mixing up was in order. I hope I didn't upset the operative paradigm too much :P
by Ari
Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape isn't about sex?
Replies: 165
Views: 17062

Re: Rape isn't about sex?

I hear this all the time, that rape is about power, control, and dominance, but how was that conclusion reached? Is there data on it? They ask rapists why they raped someone? Anecdotally? Because if it were about sex, sex can be achieved merely by utilising the right or the left hand. In more detai...
by Ari
Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0433: "Journal 5"
Replies: 195
Views: 37418

Re: "Journal 5" Discussion

2. The pair of spaces has been traditionally considered correct, but there's been a modern trend toward using a single space. We don't really have an agreed-upon rule right now; it's more of a debate amongst the punctuators. Two spaces was the rule for typewriters . There really is no need with pro...
by Ari
Tue May 13, 2008 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The problem with feminism (and Christianity, and ....)
Replies: 53
Views: 5890

Re: The problem with feminism (and Christianity, and ....)

TheAmazingRando wrote:
aneeshm wrote:Then what is?
Treating women as though the result of that assessment is important in non-sexual situations.


Not to nitpick, but I would've thought the reverse is also quite important? (ie. ignoring non-sexual worth in sexual situations) ;)
by Ari
Tue May 13, 2008 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Politicians -- Do any of them believe in anything?
Replies: 38
Views: 3890

Re: Politicians -- Do any of them believe in anything?

I would like to point out that believing in something and being irresponsibly power-drunk are not mutually exclusive. Surely this has been made clear by the current president.
by Ari
Tue May 13, 2008 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ...Because it's the law (Unjust rules and laws)
Replies: 139
Views: 13189

Re: ...Because it's the law (Unjust rules and laws)

Something is seriously wrong when the punishment for an act is more harmful then the act itself. This is patently false. To use a trivial counterexample, smugglers are routinely punished out of proportion to their crimes; otherwise smuggling would be an attractive enterprise. In order to deter lawb...
by Ari
Tue May 13, 2008 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0422: "A Better Idea"
Replies: 111
Views: 19838

Re: "A Better Idea" discussion

This is one comic that is so getting acted out in real life.

Especially seeing I think Randall has single-handedly manufactured a desire for formal LAN parties. After all, we need a delicious assortment of cheeses to go with our WINE. :)
by Ari
Thu May 08, 2008 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sex for the internet
Replies: 31
Views: 4431

Re: Sex for the internet

It's not prostitution because she isn't being paid. She's just having sex with people who agree with her position on Net Neutrality. Uhh, no. She's having sex with people who will be outspoke on it. People who will actually do something. Which means she's using it to buy services. Which means it's ...
by Ari
Thu May 08, 2008 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McCain accidentally tells the truth about Iraq
Replies: 61
Views: 5567

Re: McCain accidentally tells the truth about Iraq

I think it's been fairly obvious from the start that the war is about oil. That doesn't necessarily mean that it's not about anything else. Creating stability in the region benefits the people who live there as well as ensuring our continued access to their natural resources. I believe that is what...
by Ari
Thu May 08, 2008 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Austria Cellar Man
Replies: 39
Views: 4307

Re: Austria Cellar Man

Just a little point- while I agree with you all in shouting out about how "monstrous" it was what Fritzl (cellar rape man) did to his kids, he is by no means a monster himself- it's merely his acts that are disgusting. Calling him a monster dehumanises him- yet he is what happens when a qu...
by Ari
Thu May 08, 2008 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bush admits to approving torture
Replies: 112
Views: 8289

Re: Bush admits to approving torture

Basically, I suggested pardoning him (I'm sure I've seen the idea floated before elsewhere though) because it ties up the issue of precedent without putting you guys through a protracted impeachment or other sort of conviction process, and perhaps even restoring some confidence in the office of the ...
by Ari
Thu May 01, 2008 12:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ANZAC day
Replies: 15
Views: 2287

Re: ANZAC day

Lest we forget. Quite, but there are also a lot of other things that we shouldn't forget that don't have national holidays and overseas (from the NZ perspective) memorials. People who die giving humanitarian aid, especially in warzones, don't receive this kind of honour. Women who die in childbirth...
by Ari
Thu May 01, 2008 12:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rev. Jerimiah Wright to World: I'm Not Dead Yet!
Replies: 26
Views: 2748

Re: Rev. Jerimiah Wright to World: I'm Not Dead Yet!

Yeah, OSC is generally a fair broker unless homosexuality is involved. I was so glad to see Obama's response on Countdown. Uh, I'd say he's not entirely fair on race or gender issues either, but he's judged this one pretty well in general for a religious, middle-age, white man. I'd disagree that we...
by Ari
Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Net Neutrality.
Replies: 123
Views: 10462

Re: Net Neutrality.

I still feel like if these things are important to people, the market should be able to secure them without resorting to government intervention. You do realise that only very few areas even have a choice of ISPs, and those that do usually have a choice between only two ISPs? It's not a very compet...
by Ari
Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10066

Re: Bisexuality

What with the spread of bisexuality locally (a significant portion of my high school now identifies as such, somewhere around 20-30%, and as time goes by it has spread to many other areas of where I live) it has been coming up more and more amongst those I know. So, as sort of general thing, there ...
by Ari
Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cannadian panel may rule if sex practices protected
Replies: 27
Views: 3033

Re: Cannadian panel may rule if sex practices protected

Except that those are two very different circumstances. On the one hand you're talking about the contents of a background check (is he a felon? is he a sex-offender?) and on the other you're talking about what he's doing in his own bedroom with another consenting adult. Yeah, they were supposed to ...
by Ari
Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bush admits to approving torture
Replies: 112
Views: 8289

Re: Bush admits to approving torture

I feel like it has already hurt our interational standing considerably. This is true. And it bears multiple repetitions. The USA has few defenders left in my part of the world right now, and many of those left still feel that the principles of your country have been highjacked during the last presi...
by Ari
Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Record Company Says "Downloads GOOD!"
Replies: 108
Views: 7716

Re: Record Company Says "Downloads GOOD!"

To play devil's advocate here, if that master was done as a computer file (which I believe is how it is done now) then all it takes is one person putting it on the internet for that plan to fail. Digital copies like that don't degrade, as long as proper checksums and whatnot are used. Right, you ha...
by Ari
Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Record Company Says "Downloads GOOD!"
Replies: 108
Views: 7716

Re: Record Company Says "Downloads GOOD!"

So, let me throw my hat in here. I'll quickly catch up first. When a rational human being is presented with the option of "Pay for music" or "Pay nothing for music", when the chance for negative consequences approaches zero, they will always choose the latter. I deplore piracy, a...
by Ari
Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14387

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

There are multiple definitions of pacifism. The most extreme definition would be the belief that no violence should ever be committed- that all violence is inexcusable. There's also personal pacifism, or the conviction that you personally will not commit violence. There's also "pacificism"...
by Ari
Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cannadian panel may rule if sex practices protected
Replies: 27
Views: 3033

Re: Cannadian panel may rule if sex practices protected

Well, he certainly shouldn't be discriminated against because he likes kinky sex, but BDSM has nothing to do with "sexual orientation". A fetish is likely developmentally caused, while it's quite possible that sexual orientation is caused by hormonal exposure. Still, I suppose if he has a ...
by Ari
Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10066

Re: Bisexuality

I realize it's not a good thing for me to feel this way, but even though I myself am attracted to both men and women I find myself resenting most other people who identify as bisexual. It seems like the men only sleep with men because they're easier than girls, and the women only sleep with women b...

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