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by Lycur
Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: President-Elect makes environmental responsibility priority
Replies: 25
Views: 2339

Re: President-Elect makes environmental responsibility priority

The standards and targets he's been laying out are actually very impressive. The US would be a world leader on climate change if they are met. The US. A world leader. On climate change. :O Not really. Obama's target reductions are still behind the Canadian ones set by our right wing* government - a...
by Lycur
Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 538's Nate Silver interviews wingnut
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: 538's Nate Silver interviews wingnut

The best part is the post on Zeigler's website where he links to this article and says: "ha ha, look how hard I owned Nate Silver."
by Lycur
Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA's take on Cooking Mama
Replies: 167
Views: 12889

Re: PETA's take on Cooking Mama

Although, to be honest, I'm rather skeptical that a vegan diet is very sustainable. How so? Do you mean you are sceptical it is possible to live healthily as a vegan, or that we do not have the infrastructure to support large-scale veganism? Come to think of it, both. But I had in mind the former (...
by Lycur
Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British National Party membership list leaks online
Replies: 52
Views: 4753

Re: British National Party membership list leaks online

Sarr wrote:
Darkscull wrote:redwatch
I just looked this up, and WHAT THE FUCK. WHY THE FUCK HAS THIS NOT BEEN SHUT DOWN YET?


Little known fact: the BNP is actually a group of rabid Alan Moore fans planning on a large scale aproximate reenactment of one of his graphic novels. This is just part of setting the stage.
by Lycur
Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA's take on Cooking Mama
Replies: 167
Views: 12889

Re: PETA's take on Cooking Mama

Jack Saladin wrote:What's the deal with "veg*n"? Since when was it a swearword?

If this is anything like "Micro$oft" I am stabbing you all the face(s).


It's used as a wildcard. Veg*n matches Vegetarian and Vegan. We could switch to Veg.*n if you'd really like.

edit: goddamn, double ninja'd
by Lycur
Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA's take on Cooking Mama
Replies: 167
Views: 12889

Re: PETA's take on Cooking Mama

It's not just B12, most veggies also have incomplete proteins and stuff, which means you have to eat them in the right combination for your body to actually be able to make use of them. There's also certain fats that are needed too, especially in children as it helps with neurological development. ...
by Lycur
Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fake New York Times declares Iraq War over
Replies: 20
Views: 2541

Re: Fake New York Times declares Iraq War over

Isn't this phenomena common to pretty much every war? I remember there was a page in my grade 10 history textbook devoted to the phrase "home by christmas".
by Lycur
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 27577

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

On the subject of partially-black people being identified as entirely black, I asked a few Carribean and African friends what people in those countries typically identified (half white) Bob Marley's ethnicity as and, in as much as it was given any thought, the answer seemed to be universally black J...
by Lycur
Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actress playing lesbian is fired from ABC's Grey's Anatomy
Replies: 17
Views: 2464

Re: Actress playing lesbian is fired from ABC's Grey's Anatomy

Is there any actual evidence that she was fired because of her character's sexual orientation? Both articles you linked had the people involved explicitly deny that this was the case. What's more, I'd be extremely suprised if the first the network learned the writers were bringing her out of the clo...
by Lycur
Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 15717

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

As for trying to understand others, this isn't some flowery Ivory Tower friendly debate where both sides are held at equal esteem. This is my bloody life, a life which these ignorant zealots insist on tampering with. And you think those zealots are any less passionate than you? I'd ask for civility...
by Lycur
Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 15717

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

I think he was referring to people who voted against prop 8, not conservatives in general. Being a conservative is not wrong. It can't be, i'm one. Arbitrarily restricting human rights, by contrast, is the only thing in this universe i regard as intrinsically bad. Social conservatism is a political...
by Lycur
Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 15717

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

And I AM liberal, but I also want to say (rant) that I'm really tired of people thinking that conservative=braindead. They have reasons for being conservative. You might not agree with them, I don't, and that's fine, that's why you get a vote...but I wish people would recognize that the issues are ...
by Lycur
Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 27577

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

FiveThirtyEight's "safe" designation is >99.5% projected chance to win. That's pretty darn safe in my book.
by Lycur
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Uh-oh. It's a Youtube party and you're up next. What do you show 'em?
Replies: 2150
Views: 740177

Re: Something on Youtube

Sweet ass-video

It's a love story, of sorts.
by Lycur
Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 31848

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

Unfortunately, you can go around treating men and women exactly the same, and that could still be discrimination/harmful to one gender. This would be true even if there were *no such thing* as patriarchy. For example, say you're administering an exam, SAT or bar or some other test that takes long e...
by Lycur
Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Democratic Super Majority: Implications
Replies: 39
Views: 3544

Re: U.S. Democratic Super Majority: Implications

[fantasy] The Obama administration gets two years of effective cooperation among Democrats to overhaul the American government. At this point conflict between blue dog and more financially liberal democrats comes to a head prompting a schism within the party. Blue dogs and socially moderate republic...
by Lycur
Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 31848

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

Except this only works if you operate under the assumption that the act of violence against Palin is in some way referencing the fact that she's a woman. The point was made that you can't separate the fact that she's a woman from the attack: no more than you could say "I'm whipping Obama the p...
by Lycur
Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Is it bad for a presidential candidate to be intelligent??
Replies: 63
Views: 6069

Re: Is it bad for a presidential candidate to be intelligent??

GreaterSteven wrote:
lanicita wrote:I bet you Hitler was pretty goddamn smart, and I think he was a bit more evil than Bush or Jackson.

I know, I know, Godwinned. But please continue.


Hitler wasn't smart.

And that is actually exactly why he lost.


Hitler was very smart. He was also an insane egomaniac. That's why he lost.
by Lycur
Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atheist Bus Campaign
Replies: 78
Views: 7121

Re: Atheist Bus Campaign

It strikes me that there are three possible options: 1. Neither atheist nor religous slogans are permissible 2. both atheist and religous slogans are permissible 3. One is permissible but the other isn't As long as it isn't the third case that's taking place, I really couldn't give a toss. It isn't,...
by Lycur
Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 31848

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

Except that the contention isn't that it was suggestive of rape, rather that it was suggestive of an existing history of silencing (or "putting back in their place") women through battery. Battery = Battery, if we need to spell things out in math. Except this only works if you operate und...
by Lycur
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:25 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "Pro Life" kids at school.
Replies: 55
Views: 4475

Re: "Pro Life" kids at school.

Sounds like peacful protest to me. As long as they weren't actively interferring with anybody - and by the sounds of it, they weren't - then I'm all for it.

That being said, it doesn't seem like it'd actually do their cause much good.
by Lycur
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: China and everything pertaining to it.
Replies: 31
Views: 2596

Re: China and everything pertaining to it.

The vast majority of Chinese expatriots I've met* have been fervently nationalistic: is this true of the (Chinese) population in general, or is it attributable to culture shock or some other such thing? * Almost exclusively students doing the last 2 years of their undergraduate degree at the Univers...
by Lycur
Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: xkcd in the globe and mail (Canadian newspaper)
Replies: 8
Views: 1337

Re: xkcd in the globe and mail (Canadian newspaper)

Well known is not the same as most well known!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_th ... irculation

Edit: on second thought, there are parts of the country outside of Ontario, aren't there? I withdraw my objection as silly sophistry.
by Lycur
Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 31848

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

As far as sexism, the worst moment, not in severity, but scale, for me was the focus and zoom-ins of her children during her nomination speech, cutting away from her at the podium to them. They didn't do that for any other of the candidates. Harrumph. There has been entirely too much focus on Gover...
by Lycur
Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NY times discovers hitler meme
Replies: 15
Views: 2374

Re: NY times discovers hitler meme

Jack Saladin wrote:Oh, and this is totally the best one ever.

On the one hand the link is broken, but, on the other hand, I'm pretty sure you were going to rickroll me anyways, so perhaps that's just as well. I think I've just used up the day's comma quota
by Lycur
Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canadian Federal Election Results
Replies: 68
Views: 3997

Re: Canadian Federal Election Results

You can call bullshit all you like. I haven't been paying enough attention to argue. Though my preliminary thoughts are that you are wrong. "I have no basis for my position, but you are wrong." is the actually honest to god statement you just made. *sigh* Harper is, like every single othe...
by Lycur
Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homelessness and Fascism [Re: Cdn Federal Election Results]
Replies: 48
Views: 2617

Re: Canadian Federal Election Results

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
RealGrouchy wrote:I think medication (specifically, the cost thereof) plays into the equation.

Well, yeah, but we don't know what SJ Zero's on. Until we do, this discussion is sort of stonewalled.


He's high on obstinance. It's a drug that appears along partisan lines but is, oddly enough, totally non-partisan.
by Lycur
Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canadian Federal Election Results
Replies: 68
Views: 3997

Re: Canadian Federal Election Results

Why are you sad, he was a terrible leader. Besides, it just goes to show how power hungry and back stabbing the Liberals are. They can't even stick by their leader through one loss. You know 1984 wasn't actually endorsing doublethink, right? Edit: this quote should have been attributed to Azreal001...
by Lycur
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homelessness and Fascism [Re: Cdn Federal Election Results]
Replies: 48
Views: 2617

Re: Canadian Federal Election Results

But with welfare you don't have to go and work all day. I know that there are people who genuinely need the welfare (I'm sure that you did MJ) but to see generations of welfare bums (those who don't try to get off of it) sitting around their unmown lawns with beer in hand and kids running all over ...
by Lycur
Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: stupidest comment ever
Replies: 339
Views: 34178

Re: stupidest comment ever

I came across http://www.thymecube.com/ today, but it didn't *quite* merit it's own thread. The time cube was mentioned earlier on in this thread; any excuse to party...
by Lycur
Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Find the next number.
Replies: 18
Views: 4876

Re: Find the next number.

tricky77puzzle wrote:4 + 10 + 10 = 26


O RLY?
by Lycur
Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 46863

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

Does the technological argument against blacklists (that is, from what I've heard, the proposed system will dramatically slow down connection speeds) also apply to the more limited partial blacklists?
by Lycur
Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Abolition of SATs [UK]
Replies: 27
Views: 1635

Re: Abolition of SATs [UK]

Standardized tests are awful for education. They cause teachers to be forced to teach to the test, they needlessly stress students, and they don't really test learning. Standardized testing does not help to maintain, mandate, or enforce good education habits. I'm glad to see them go, even if it's s...
by Lycur
Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Is it bad for a presidential candidate to be intelligent??
Replies: 63
Views: 6069

Re: Is it bad for a presidential candidate to be intelligent??

Fucking edits. Hang on. Eh, fuck it. The hair splitting and redefining is getting a little too ridiculous, even for me. Yeah, I said it. Have fun, kids. No. There was no hair splitting here whatsoever. You assigned a disingenuous and hostile interpretation to a legitimate - if not uncontroversial -...
by Lycur
Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canadian Federal Election Results
Replies: 68
Views: 3997

Re: Canadian Federal Election Results

Additionally, as much as people hated Mike Harris, he did do a good job of balancing Ontario's books. The Tories left a deficit behind when they left power. A deficit that they conveniently forgot to much in the preceding election campaign. In all fairness, they did reduce the annual operating defi...
by Lycur
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should Dion step down?
Replies: 5
Views: 843

Re: Should Dion step down?

Yes, he should. The Liberals are so busy being catty, they haven't bothered to propose any policies that resonate with Canadians. Paying attention for 2 years, I never saw a single position that was worth getting excited over, though I did see plenty of posturing and "LOOK! THEY'RE EVIL!"...
by Lycur
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canadian Federal Election Results
Replies: 68
Views: 3997

Re: Canadian Federal Election Results

The current times seem like the best example that I can think of. We lead the G7 in economic stability, and our banks have been ranked the best, even above Switzerland. Additionally, as much as people hated Mike Harris, he did do a good job of balancing Ontario's books. http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/...
by Lycur
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canadian Federal Election Results
Replies: 68
Views: 3997

Re: Canadian Federal Election Results

Ironically, on the broad stroke, we've actually managed to get a government that covers the key points of appeal to most Canadians. It's: a) Socially liberal - Liberals + NDP + Bloc form a majority holding socially progressive values b) Fiscally conservative - Liberals + Conservatives form a majorit...
by Lycur
Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Meeting people in Ottawa
Replies: 72
Views: 14310

Re: Meeting people in Ottawa

I can't do this weekend; I'm obligated to spend my time with a friend who's coming up to visit.
by Lycur
Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NDP campaign ads
Replies: 66
Views: 5847

Re: NDP campaign ads

Politics are about facts. People weigh the facts, and decide which they feel more strongly about. Some people think that Candidate A's stance on Subject A outweighs his stance on Subject B. There are NOTHING but facts involved, and the opinion of which fact carries more weight with regards to who a...

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