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by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 8581

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

I guess that would depend on how you define serious. Most of the reasons that caffeine addiction is usually seen as not serious are societal: it's cheep, easily obtained and legal most places and its use is socially acceptable. I would probably base a lot of the seriousness of an addiction based on...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 37024

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

For every person that is killed with a rifle, two are killed with "hands, fists, feet, etc.", four are killed with knives, and four with other (non-firearm) weapons. Rifles are not a problem in general, and regulating them because of the occasional incident (which would have probably stil...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 8581

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

Like caffeine? If caffeine actually results in rather serious addictions and has a tendency for such, then yes. Perhaps I should have specified serious addiction originally -- I don't know if that changes the relevance of caffeine. Sorry about that. There is no such thing as a safe, non-addictive d...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 7580

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

I would presume that the vast majority of this wealth was taxed during its creation. Sure, but money isn't something that gets taxed just once ever per person. People get taxed on their income, on their property, on their spending (state/item specific), on their income from that spending (capital g...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 37024

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Guns are a lazy yet sexy way to get firepower. This particular case if James Holmes wanted to cause damage without access to firearms its entirely possible that he could have cooked up some other means, possibly involving toxic chemical mixes or homemade explosives. I'm -not- saying that the availa...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 8581

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

You're obsessed with making society a better place to live. Yeah, how dare we try to make society better! Rights aren't valued for their own sake -- they are liked because we expect that they will make society better, and not just on average in the short term , but in a broad, long term, sense. We ...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 16265

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

Microsoft posts first-ever loss. Not really news at all. The lions share of it comes from a $6.19 billion write off from paying more for a company in 2007 than it ended up being worth to them. The inclusion of it in this quarter is more delayed accounting (which will very likely help to lower their...
by Ghostbear
Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assault in Mcdonalds over cyborg eyeglass
Replies: 80
Views: 12761

Re: Assault in Mcdonalds over cyborg eyeglass

But if they succeed at making people stop thing, you won't have a life anymore either. You need them to fail at stopping it, so that you can continue your life's work of trying to stop it!
by Ghostbear
Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assault in Mcdonalds over cyborg eyeglass
Replies: 80
Views: 12761

Re: Assault in Mcdonalds over cyborg eyeglass

Recording laws are going to vary. I don't know about France or Paris specifically, but if they work anything like the US, it'd be generally legal to record people in environments where they have no expectation of privacy, such as being in a publicly accessible restaurant.
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 8581

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

It angers me that so many governments ignore stuff like this. I mean, we like to think of our political leaders as out-of-touch cretins, but they're not really that stupid. They must realise on an intellectual level how ruinous it is to so many lives to enforce prohibition like this. But they carry...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 8581

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

They commit petty theft and armed robbery on a daily basis when they confiscate drugs. They aren't prosecuted for it, but that's due to errors in the legal system, not the facts of what they do. Not if you use a full definition of petty theft (prior site didn't have one) that has a concern for the ...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 8581

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

It's not mentioned in the article, but how exactly do they handle the treatment for users of drugs that aren't harmful or addictive such as pot? It's a nice and smart approach -- helping people does a lot more to get solve problems than shoving them in a jail cell for a while, and no one should be s...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon Pushing for Same-Day Delivery
Replies: 33
Views: 6676

Re: Amazon Pushing for Same-Day Delivery

Gas stations advertise the cash price on their big signs. I've also seen other stores do things like a 5% discount if you pay cash, and list the price and cash price separately on all their items. More stores should do this type of thing, because it's less of a market distortion than hiding costs f...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon Pushing for Same-Day Delivery
Replies: 33
Views: 6676

Re: Amazon Pushing for Same-Day Delivery

This is just semantics though. It's effectively the same thing. I suppose it affects advertising more since you have to show the higher price though. The advertised price is rather significant here. A lot of prices are aimed for psychological prices -- what is more likely to sell, something at $2.9...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon Pushing for Same-Day Delivery
Replies: 33
Views: 6676

Re: Amazon Pushing for Same-Day Delivery

Yep, the CARD Act authorized this. Any store can do it. Are you sure about that? I don't remember it being part of it, and I didn't see it in any summaries that I skimmed through just now. What companies have been able to do (before the CARD Act as well) was to give a discount for cash payments. So...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assault in Mcdonalds over cyborg eyeglass
Replies: 80
Views: 12761

Re: Assulat in Mcdonalds over cyborg eyeglass

Nope, I don't see a problem. McDonalds should be allowed to deny use of their facilities to anyone they see fit, and It's good business sense to ask people who are putting off your customers to leave. Of course, they then lose the custom of the disabled community, and become unpopular because of pu...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670768

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

For all of the supply and demand stuff, we all know the statistics about executive pay rising at significantly higher rates than their employees - are they really in such increasingly scant supply as to warrant this? Or is it simply a cultural thing, where those at the top believe those at the top ...
by Ghostbear
Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 16265

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

I didn't think the idea was to place it at the same location as the waste sites, but more shoved in a satellite or some such (though a satellite itself would have its own issues with preventing data corruption...), or maybe have one deep within every waste site -- they're unlikely to use equipment t...
by Ghostbear
Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670768

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I think you're overemphasizing how major the issue of wealth distribution is in this country. For the most part, people don't give a shit and just want jobs money. I think you are underestimating how much two details have to do with each other. AFA Income Disparity, I don't care so much about How m...
by Ghostbear
Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 16265

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

I wouldn't hold my breath. HP has been talking about these for a while, maybe we'll see the next big jump from flash memory, but when you keep hearing "we're only a few years away!" I get jaded. Memristors are probably the best candidate for a flash replacement though. Most of the other o...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas rejects 'critical thinking skills'
Replies: 75
Views: 9040

Re: Texas rejects 'critical thinking skills'

Because of this map which was designed specifically so that residents of left-leaning urban centers don't get a fair vote. There's more to it than that though. If a majority of the Texas population was left leaning like Austin, then you'd see left leaning candidates winning statewide races -- gover...
by Ghostbear
Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas rejects 'critical thinking skills'
Replies: 75
Views: 9040

Re: Texas rejects 'critical thinking skills'

Max™ wrote:[...] daughter asking "Why?" endlessly.

Reminds me of one of my favorite SMBC comics.
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Princess Marzipan, if we say parents shouldn't be allowed to circumcise their children and children (until age X) can't decide to circumcise themselves, we're basically proclaiming a government veto. Such rulings that take away decisive power from both the parents and the children should not be tak...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Cross the word 'cultural' out of 'cultural norm'. That would remove the whole argument against it also being bad for also being an imposition of culture on those unable to consent... There is nothing wrong about enforcing a generic-norm -- laws against murder are norms against killing people -- so ...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Stop talking about culture. I don't care about culture. I'm done with talking about culture. This is about the term 'birth defect'. Removing culture from it removes all context from this sub-discussion. It came up because you argued that the correction of a birth defect is the enforcement of a cult...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Yes. The latter IS the naturalistic fallacy. No it is not. If you are going to insist on using a fallacy then for the love of Minerva and her favored owl you actually make sure you know what it means! Naturalistic fallacy : On a broad interpretation of the fallacy, it is said to apply to any attemp...
by Ghostbear
Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

I asked for functional differences, not semantic ones. What's the functional difference? As in, how is having one arm in universe A any different than having one arm in universe B? Those are functional differences; the origins of the reasoning is going to play a huge part in how it is treated. Sinc...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

…so you're saying that labeling a cleft lip as a defect is not subjective? I'm saying that a collection of doctors labeling it a birth defect is not going to be a subjective call, because they're going to declare it such based on their understanding of facts. That they are going to observe that a c...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

The claim that something is a cultural norm has no dependency on that something being cultural ? No, but the argument does not depend on that claim . This one. This argument right here. Get rid of the word "cultural" and it's still exactly the same argument, except without the distraction...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

The point is that it doesn't matter why the preference exists. Your response to Hippo's argument has been "But it's not cultural!", but Hippo's argument doesn't depend on the claim that it's cultural. The claim that something is a cultural norm has no dependency on that something being cu...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

The fallacy is when you assume that the preference has any special moral significance because it's natural. Except that has absolutely nothing to do with the naturalist fallacy. The naturalist fallacy is the assignment of that preference because "it's natural"; it has nothing to do with a...
by Ghostbear
Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Remember when Hippo kept talking about naturalistic fallacies? Remember that time that I argued the use of the naturalist fallacy in this case didn't make any sense and it got ignored? I do! Just because you found a fallacy that looks like it sorta kinda maybe fits what you want to say doesn't mean...
by Ghostbear
Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Who gives a shit whether it's cultural or default? Presumably Hippo (by nature of making the argument for cultural norms) and myself (by nature of disagreeing with that argument); if something is a default instead of cultural, then calling it a cultural norm would make no sense. EDIT: Perhaps "...
by Ghostbear
Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

'Throughout all cultures we have observed, P is true.' -- How can you state P is true in all cultures unless you are familiar with all cultures? 'In certain cultures, P may not be true for specific cases, but those incidents are culture specific.' P is true for all cultures, except when it isn't, a...
by Ghostbear
Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

If you think I've been going back and forth on my stance in this thread, either I have been utterly failing in my attempt to communicate my point, or you have been utterly failing to understand my point. Or both. I'm open to either, both, or even something else entirely. This discussion has been go...
by Ghostbear
Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

The fact that you were curious about this--and that you do not 'get' that this is how I would parse it--leaves me very frustrated. Because either it means I've been communicating my position very poorly (I find that hard to believe--exactly how many times have I said some variant of 'we should make...
by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

So do medical experts have a set of rules telling them what counts as a birth defect? I'm asking so that we're all on the same page when we use the term birth defect. I don't even disagree with your reasoning about an expert making the decision. It's just that we don't agree about who an expert is....
by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

What gmal may mean by "objective" is not that there's no clear cut line between defect and normality, but that that there's no actual fact-of-the-matter about defects that such a line could track. The problem would not be "We have no way of telling what's normal," but "Bein...
by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

I'm really not comfortable with the implication that there's some kind of objective standard we can appeal to when determining whether an abnormality is a defect or not. Also, how far from "normal" does a trait have to be to be considered a defect? I'd agree that it is not something where...
by Ghostbear
Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 65359

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Do you think maybe you could let me talk to PM and try to make the argument I'm trying to make, without jumping in at every interlude to attack some uncharitable interpretation of what you think I'm trying to do? This is not bad argument court. You do not have a claim for damages if I say something...

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