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by Ari
Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0408: "Overqualified"
Replies: 59
Views: 15899

Re: "Overqualified" discussion

"Hey baby, come with me and I'll give you a time that although perhaps not qualifying for the level of quality associated with significant enjoyment would still fail to come off as an intentionally insulting occasion. Oh yeah." I would like to express my approval in as nonchalant a method...
by Ari
Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Externalizing Identity
Replies: 17
Views: 2320

Re: Externalizing Identity

4=5 wrote:people are simply scrambling to find arguments against dress codes. They don't necessarily believe them 100%.


Believe an argument or not, either way, it doesn't effect the contextual validity of said argument. It's only relevant to the character of the individual.
by Ari
Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Attacking the argument, a problem with comic 406
Replies: 53
Views: 7770

Re: Attacking the argument, a problem with comic 406

You're assuming there was actually a point made in the first place. ;) This is the internet, sometimes people do not manage to communicate one, even despite our enormously high tolerance for error.
by Ari
Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rationality and Irrationality
Replies: 27
Views: 2546

Re: Rationality and Irrationality

Rationality does not preclude mistakes or lapses- it does however preclude significant ignorance of logic or facts. Irrationality is not necessarily negative. A truly rational person would be stuck trying to parse a self-referential paradox such as "I'm a man. All men are liars.", while so...
by Ari
Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sustainable life as humans
Replies: 38
Views: 2811

Re: Sustainable life as humans

Ah, Prisoner's dilemma. Essentially, you either have to change the circumstances, or trust everyone to be "superrational" and believe that everyone has to undertake exactly the same action to resolve the situation. Which given the amount of "maybe we could act on climate change, but n...
by Ari
Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 26815

Re: Age of Consent in US

As for railing against ultra-conservative branches of Christianity that are ridiculously sex-negative, I agree, but there's another thread for that already. I can search for it if you want. :) Ah, sorry if I was off topic. This stuff bugs me. It bugs me too now and then, until I remember that the p...
by Ari
Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transexuality
Replies: 318
Views: 32815

Re: Transexuality

Pardon me. I guess I shouldn't have put that last part in there. What I really would like however is for someone to present their side of the argument. In my mind and probably in the mind of many people in the world, transexuals have, are, and will always be perceived as disgusting. If you think th...
by Ari
Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 26815

Re: Age of Consent in US

Ati- I think there's a general agreement above that the age of consent shouldn't criminalise teenage sex between people with a very small age gap, which seems the point of your post. The arguments about teenage pregnancy and STIs seem largely unrelated to the age of consent. As for railing against u...
by Ari
Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?
Replies: 56
Views: 5262

Re: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?

Back to the question whether there is a solution to monopolization of free markets: A solution is not needed if the monopoly benefits society. This is the case in markets with high fixed(+sunk) and low variable costs. Examples normally cited are railroad energy and telecommunication. A monopolist c...
by Ari
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male Pregnancy - No Hoax (I guess(ed wrong))
Replies: 65
Views: 7639

Re: Male Pregnancy - No Hoax (I guess(ed wrong))

I too had thought you were talking about the pregnant transman that has recently got into the "oddspot" of my local paper. (I am not going to get into a rant about the fact that it was the oddspot. Don't make me :P)
by Ari
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Some people obviously haven't read comic 401...
Replies: 54
Views: 6055

Re: Some people obviously haven't read comic 401...

Hey, if you aren't willing to risk even some tiny, harmless black holes for Science™, I don't want you on my planet. ;)
by Ari
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Social Services Threatens to Remove Obese Children from Home
Replies: 71
Views: 6817

Re: Social Services Threatens to Remove Obese Children from Home

That said, I'm inclined to agree a little with your outrage, too. People who look fat are often viewed as more responsible for their condition than they might actually be , and our view of a healthy weight is probably actually a little on the slim side in the Anglosphere. While I agree pretty stron...
by Ari
Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bush Resume
Replies: 104
Views: 8566

Re: The Bush Resume

Actually I'm trying to get you to question your own perceptions based on the general logic of reasoning. It has nothing to do with political ideology. No, you're not. You're playing bait-and-switch, and you're cherry-picking arguments that are easy to de-construct, and it's annoying. The Socratic m...
by Ari
Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ralph Nader
Replies: 34
Views: 3448

Re: Ralph Nader

Malice wrote:as equally culpable for the past 8 years as the pretzel that didn't quite kill Bush.


Have I told you that I love you recently? ;)
by Ari
Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?
Replies: 56
Views: 5262

Re: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?

There's one already , and it tells you that you're talking about Totalitarianism, not necessarily Marx's ideal of Communism, which is a common misconception. Communism fails (*unless giving rise to a human race which is highly altruistic and indifferent about satisfying one's personal needs). If yo...
by Ari
Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10334

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

So, here's the answer I most often hear to that question: 1) The changes that are being pushed will cost us a lot of money and comfort. It will hurt a lot of industries, it will require a lot of sacrifices, and it will involve a lot of time and effort on our part. What can it hurt? Our economy and ...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man declared dead, says he feels 'pretty good'
Replies: 27
Views: 3522

Re: Man declared dead, says he feels 'pretty good'

I know what you're getting at, but I honestly don't think the skit had anything to do with that. I mean, he tells the old man to shut up and the guy with the cart specifically says he can't take him until he's dead. I know I'm being nit-picky, but c'mon, it's Monty Python. I'm not saying that it wa...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl dies as parents pray for healing of treatable illness.
Replies: 172
Views: 14556

Re: Girl dies as parents pray for healing of treatable illness.

And furthermore, the right to refuse treatment is a right of adults; children cannot make proper health decisions on their own. Clearly, her parents couldn't either. As I understand it, unless the parents can be considered incapacitated in some respect, they still get to exercise the child's right ...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Social Services Threatens to Remove Obese Children from Home
Replies: 71
Views: 6817

Re: Social Services Threatens to Remove Obese Children from Home

This is...insane. For those of you who can't/won't click the link, this takes place in Scotland. Social Services has told the parents that if the three heaviest of their six children don't lose weight, they could lose all six of them. They have little editorials after the main article, and one says...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft goes public with plans to stop sale/support of XP
Replies: 43
Views: 4502

Re: Microsoft goes public with plans to stop sale/support of XP

I think they're neglecting an important factor regarding Vista's release: Microsoft does not sell finished operating systems, and everyone knows it. I think plenty of people would like to upgrade to Vista... but until Microsoft fixes the torrent of bugs and support problems the OS experiences, and ...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "We seem to be fucked, Mr. Holmes."
Replies: 38
Views: 6364

Re: "We seem to be fucked, Mr. Holmes."

If the CIA had actually achieved a mind-control scheme with a decent degree of success and was deploying it on a large scale, it would be very, very obvious to those of us outside of the scheme.
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man declared dead, says he feels 'pretty good'
Replies: 27
Views: 3522

Re: Man declared dead, says he feels 'pretty good'

Wait, what???? That skit was not about being buried alive or about people being declared dead when they're not. It's about someone trying to use the plague as a way to get rid of an elderly family member. Which is why it's great that it's so funny- because people actually do appear dead when they'r...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl dies as parents pray for healing of treatable illness.
Replies: 172
Views: 14556

Re: Girl dies as parents pray for healing of treatable illness.

When did "They murdered one of their other children," stop being a valid reason to revoke custody? I'm pretty outraged too, but this is a consequence of the right to refuse treatment. If we want to keep that, we have to fight this sort of thing through better education. Really? You don't ...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hillary Clinton and the Bosnian "sniper fire."
Replies: 32
Views: 3816

Re: Hillary Clinton and the Bosnian "sniper fire."

What offends me the most is when politicians tell lies about things that are ridiculously easy to check the veracity of. It baffles me why they self-sabotage like this. It’s like they haven’t figured out yet everything they say will be scrutinized. Do you remember that time you saw Bugs Bunny at Di...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?
Replies: 56
Views: 5262

Re: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?

I have to disagree with you, Malbert. I think you've missed why most people don't actually like communism. People don't fear communism because of the Cold War. People fear communism because they fear centralization of authority. Many people in America today feel reluctant to hand over their power t...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bush Resume
Replies: 104
Views: 8566

Re: The Bush Resume

That's understandable but is W to blame because the college system is set up to favor those whose families are able to contribute to these institutions? He's not to blame for it happening, but he doesn't deserve to be commended for taking advantage of the situation and barely managing to pass. I th...
by Ari
Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10334

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

Nobody is suggesting "bulldozing the economy". You do not know some of the GW-fearers that I do. As well, the majority of the governmental programs suggested (like Kyoto) have a nearly (if not entirely) insignificant environmental effect and a significant economic effect- proportional bul...
by Ari
Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10334

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

Two graphs, some simplistic assumptions, and you have it all figured out, do you? Then WHY are nations, and America in particular, paying TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS for more research on global warming? WHY are the very scientists who preach to the high heavens, as you do, that "global warming...
by Ari
Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bush Resume
Replies: 104
Views: 8566

Re: The Bush Resume

Even our first President, who has (at least I believe!), a large reputation now as being one of our best Presidents, left the Presidency with public opinion dead-set against him. I doubt that Bush will ever be considered to be on the same tier as Washington (or at least I hope not), but I am reluct...
by Ari
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10334

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

And one can know that a "scientist followed this method strictly".... how? Moreover, the layman can't possible "look at all the reports," nor would many of us want to. It's pretty easy to spot when a scientist is diverging from the scientific method so long as you have a basic u...
by Ari
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?
Replies: 56
Views: 5262

Re: Is there a solution to Monopolization of Free Markets?

We call it well thought-out government intervention. ;)
by Ari
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is success?
Replies: 50
Views: 6186

Re: What is success?

Success is achievement that makes you feel good afterwards, instead of leaving you searching for the next thing instantly, or feeling empty. That can be as simple as "honey om nom nom" or as complex as wormhole physics. It all depends on context. Honey's gonna be a pretty big win if, for e...
by Ari
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Protect the children" = witchhunt
Replies: 29
Views: 5288

Re: "Protect the children" = witchhunt

This is why name suppression is so bloody important.

It's true though, we're noticeably abandoning the idea of innocent-until-proven-guilty in child abuse and rape cases in some areas, which is truly distressing- especially seeing it's still not guaranteeing that guilty people get convicted :(
by Ari
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Important things that don't actually exist
Replies: 33
Views: 4226

Re: Important things that don't actually exist

To be honest I'm not really sure what he's talking about, now that I reread it. His last sentence appears to have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of it. Either way, I'm not really against the electoral college, I don't really have a problem with it. I do have a problem with people not unders...
by Ari
Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Prostitution?
Replies: 91
Views: 13954

Re: Legal Prostitution?

Thanks. But I couldn't see any data on what proportion of customers are violent in those links. They discuss the violence that prostitutes experience, but I don't think the statement 'most prostitutes are victims of violence from their customers' implies that 'most customers of prostitutes are viol...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama's Speech: A More Perfect Union.
Replies: 50
Views: 5785

Re: Obama's Speech: A More Perfect Union.

This statement alone proves that Obama has intellectual honesty and is capable of acknowledging both the positives and negatives of a situation and then acting accordingly and without preconditioned bias. This is a trait lacking in the vast, vast majority of human beings. It spans across all barrie...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110751

Re: Little editing mistakes that drive you up the wall

Don't you mean apostrophe's? (Kidding, of course.) Yes, that drives me up the wall too. In fact, on the menu where I ate tonight I had the option of ordering chicken finger's. Since I didn't know what item possessed by them I would be ordering, I obviously selected a different meal. I am torn betwe...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Portmanteaux
Replies: 124
Views: 17975

Re: Portmanteaux

aplologize - when you're trying to apologize for accidentally causing/doing/saying something bad but you cant help but laugh through it. "HahAH oh, man, hahah i'm soo haha so sorry HEhEHEHE" i do this a lot. At least you don't suffer from malapologism, where you insert "sorry" i...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Wanting to learn German again . . .
Replies: 25
Views: 5038

Re: Wanting to learn German again . . .

And I can only begin to imagine how annoying it must be to have to memorize the grammatical gender of nouns when your native language doesn't do stuff like that at all. In French it's ok, there you mostly have an e in the end when the noun is femininum, but in German? Das Pferd, der Hund, die Maus....
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: That Spitzer guy.
Replies: 22
Views: 2726

Re: That Spitzer guy.

Also, I'm a little sick of people talking about his wife at the press conference. Whether they're saying that she should have been there for him, or should not, it's completely beside the point and actually quite annoying. She wasn't the one who fucked up her career. She is innocent, and it is not ...

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