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by Ormurinn
Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: [Ethics] An Ethics implant
Replies: 71
Views: 16556

Re: [Ethics] An Ethics implant

After all, the difference between effective police + social pressure / conditioning and this hypothetical is that it's more effective. Nope. Heres the disconnect. More effective police, a better society and socialization are NOT the same thing as rooting someone's free will. You're arguing from the...
by Ormurinn
Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: [Ethics] An Ethics implant
Replies: 71
Views: 16556

Re: [Ethics] An Ethics implant

I'd have huge ethical problems with this (OP). You're taking away peoples ability to make ethical decisions at all and turning them into automatons - It'd make living a virtuous life impossible, because the choice of whether or not to be virtuous would be taken from you. What if, rather than implant...
by Ormurinn
Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Medicare in U.S now covers S.R.S
Replies: 35
Views: 5655

Re: Medicare in U.S now covers S.R.S

It can be performed as early as 16. In practice, 18 tends to be the youngest age anyone receives it. Some insurance plans do extend into the early 20s though. Waiting until puberty is finished is a horrible idea. Waiting until it begins makes some amount of sense, though. Also no, "sex change ...
by Ormurinn
Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Medicare in U.S now covers S.R.S
Replies: 35
Views: 5655

Re: Medicare in U.S now covers S.R.S

As for detecting gender dysphoria, kids don't buy insurance; the parents do. So yeah, it should be covered. It's not kids who are having S.R.S though. Or at least, you'd hope not. As for other means of ameliorating GD, until recently the advice here was that treatment shouldn't be started until pub...
by Ormurinn
Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

The romans did not have a modern, free floating currency and efficient market to quickly shift labour and capital. If you outlaw slavery, those cities become charnel houses. That doesn't support your argument. Constructing a house of cards on top of a morally reprehensible practice does not magical...
by Ormurinn
Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Medicare in U.S now covers S.R.S
Replies: 35
Views: 5655

Medicare in U.S now covers S.R.S

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/ban-lifted-on-medicare-coverage-for-sex-change-surgery/2014/05/30/28bcd122-e818-11e3-a86b-362fd5443d19_story.html That's got to be good news, right? Since SRS seems to be the best treatment in terms of QALY's for Gender Dysphoria. Obviously medic...
by Ormurinn
Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 12-yo girls stab friend 19X to impress Slenderman (meme)
Replies: 44
Views: 17234

Re: 12-yo girls stab friend 19X to impress Slenderman (meme)

speising wrote:what's the point in having different rules for juvenile and adult when the prosecution can just decide to apply adult law?


If juvenile law is used in most cases, and the option to use adult sentencing is used only for the most severe crimes, then that arrangement is useful.
by Ormurinn
Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

Orm, you stop that British propaganda bullshit RIGHT NOW. Britain did NOT interfere with the slave trade until 1835, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Africa_Squadron The Royal Navy established the West Africa Squadron (or Preventative Squadron) at substantial expense in 1808 after Parliament passe...
by Ormurinn
Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

Hippo - you've repeatedly said that slavery is not ok under any circumstance at all whatsoever. I think that's... unimaginative. I can think of many cases when slavery could be a necessary evil - or justifiable under moral codes that aren't innately inferior to our own. Slavery in the Roman Empire w...
by Ormurinn
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

This is wildly unrealistic. I prioritize my life higher than someone I have never met on the other side of the world. Most other people do likewise. So, of COURSE we value the lives of people closer to us higher. Yeah, but that's not a 'benevolent moral calculus', especially if it is used to risk p...
by Ormurinn
Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

Quite sure Ghazi just meant 'warrior', like Benghazi means warrior's son. The raiding and pillaging stuff, that's what warriors DO. You think knights were any better? You could argue that 'Sir' has the same meaning. It appears there are two meanings http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghazi_warriors#Ghazi...
by Ormurinn
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

The Ottomans are a piss poor example though. Nearly everyone was better than them morally. Even the Spanish. I mean, aside from the standard crimes against humanity like wiping out indigenous cultures and forced conversions which were standard practice for many empires (the damned Rosetta Stone was...
by Ormurinn
Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

I don't think there is any accidental fortune involved. Everyone considers themselves overall benevolent, and every powerful state ever considered its military might a good thing on the whole, and its own evil actions both rare and defensible. If the Taliban was currently the world's most powerful ...
by Ormurinn
Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

CorruptUser wrote:According to CNN, the soldier was a deserter. Stay classy, CNN.


If he was a deserter, and he deserted, and that information isn't classified...

What's the problem here?
by Ormurinn
Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

Demonizing terrorism is a self-interested move by people with the luxury of killing civilians when the mood strikes them with massive military firepower, which of course is not considered terrorism. Well... Yeah. Are you implying this is a bad thing? We're very fortunate that for the last couple ce...
by Ormurinn
Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Masters of Engineering vs. Bachelors of Engineering
Replies: 7
Views: 12165

Masters of Engineering vs. Bachelors of Engineering

I'm currently studying for a B.Eng in Matetrials Science and Engineering. Assuming I manage to maintain my grades, I'll be offered the opportunity this year to upgrade to a M.Eng in the same field - I'm hoping someone with experience will be able to advise me if that's a good idea. Pros of upgrading...
by Ormurinn
Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

You can make an argument that long-term, more people have been out at risk because you've incentivized hostage taking - whereas a blanket policy of not negotiating with terrorists makes hostage taking pointless. I don't really see the advantage if the enemy focuses purely on killing, and never trie...
by Ormurinn
Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 28026

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

You can make an argument that long-term, more people have been out at risk because you've incentivized hostage taking - whereas a blanket policy of not negotiating with terrorists makes hostage taking pointless.

Not an argument I'd support in this case though.
by Ormurinn
Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?
Replies: 96
Views: 22311

Re: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?

It is largely rubbish, it is manipulative, dishonest and intellectually disingenuous. It is also the most effective way to convince the most people you are right. Granted this is mostly because most people are terrible at thinking, but none the less people are elected and policy's enacted not becau...
by Ormurinn
Thu May 29, 2014 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can (and should) judicial punishment benefit society
Replies: 97
Views: 24185

Re: Can (and should) judicial punishment benefit society

A lot of people have chimed in with high speed roads as a justification for speeding.

I think speeding on those roads is still problematic, but if anyone had clarified that they only speed in areas with no pedestrians I'd probably have been less freaked out.
by Ormurinn
Thu May 29, 2014 10:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50498

Re: Isla Vista shooting

If something lowered quality of life, in the estimation of a great many people, and prevented a very, very few, but non-zero number of people, is it still worth doing? I do not feel that the answer is obviously yes. Offtopic: Ok this has been bugging me all day, there's a parable or story or so...
by Ormurinn
Thu May 29, 2014 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

@esoanem me a culpa. Originally the post said "at least ten language families". I changed it to " two score major languages" and forgot to remove "families.
by Ormurinn
Wed May 28, 2014 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can (and should) judicial punishment benefit society
Replies: 97
Views: 24185

Re: Can (and should) judicial punishment benefit society

Just read this thread for the first time. You guys are scary. I really don't understand the position that speed limits are unfair or oppressive and enforcing them is a scam. Speed limits save lives. You're twice as likely to survive as a pedestrian if hit at 30mph rather than 40, and four times as l...
by Ormurinn
Wed May 28, 2014 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50498

Re: Isla Vista shooting

You're assuming that his goal was to actually kill people. I doubt that was his underlying motivation. It was to get everyone in the world to know his name and all about his horrible, despicable life. He succeeded. Fuck that guy. There was another mass killing this weekend. I found out about it on ...
by Ormurinn
Wed May 28, 2014 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

A related issue is that the cultural commonality of Americans means they don't mind subsidising one another. There's the occasional griping about the north subsidising the south, but from what I see that's on the same level as griping in the UK that the south subsidises the north. Compare that to th...
by Ormurinn
Tue May 27, 2014 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

In 2008, the UK lowered it's VAt to 15%, the lowest allowed under the common VAT policy. VAT was raised again after the pound had depreciated a lot with respect to the euro. It's a classic demand-boost action. The UK could get away with it, becuse the eurozone had committed to price stability, and ...
by Ormurinn
Tue May 27, 2014 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

Another point: have you followed the pound-euro exchange rate over the last years? When the crisis hit, the UK devaluated like mad, and lowered VAT to boot (which other countries have to accept as part of the EU). It was textbook zero-sum beggar-thy-neighbour demand policy, and it angered a lot of ...
by Ormurinn
Tue May 27, 2014 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

leady wrote:Yeah if we could stop France taking the mickey it would be less galling

That original German bribe for European peace has long since served its purpose


The whole "EU caused peace in Europe" meme needs to die. NATO and the threat of communism caused peace in Europe, you idiots.
by Ormurinn
Tue May 27, 2014 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50498

Re: Isla Vista shooting

What you can learn from this one is that the Police are terrible at recognising spree killers in waiting, even when they interview them! Spree killers do have a strong tendancy to be white and well off and are almost always male. Seems we could also learn something from that even if not from anythi...
by Ormurinn
Tue May 27, 2014 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

Tory debates atitudes towards the EU sound like "what if the rest of Europe were total chumps and we could screw them over easily, wouldn't that be than the current situation?" You're missing the significant segment of Eurosceptics who see kicking bankers in the balls as an advantage. Sta...
by Ormurinn
Tue May 27, 2014 10:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

The City will never let the U.K leave the E.U - they make too much money as a privileged euro-trading hub. What can I say, I'm a fan of lost causes. We never would leave the EU in that manner - we would become Norway or Switzerland. People argue that then you don't get a say, but I feel people are ...
by Ormurinn
Tue May 27, 2014 9:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

The City will never let the U.K leave the E.U - they make too much money as a privileged euro-trading hub.

What can I say, I'm a fan of lost causes.
by Ormurinn
Mon May 26, 2014 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

whilst the majority, who don't care much, would be in favour of the EU The anti EU view is pretty suppressed - the three main parties are all pro EU, as is most of the media. Come off it, most of the UK media despises the EU. The Guardian is the only pro-EU paper (the Independent too, but barely an...
by Ormurinn
Mon May 26, 2014 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50498

Re: Isla Vista shooting

(and I wonder how people would react if Elliot posted on Xkcd forums :) ) I would be greatly bothered. I could tell myself a million times that there is nothing I had to do with it, but still. At a guess, that's how the people at those bodybuilding and incel (whatever that may be) boards feel as we...
by Ormurinn
Mon May 26, 2014 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EUlections.
Replies: 70
Views: 13864

Re: EUlections.

whilst the majority, who don't care much, would be in favour of the EU I'd really question this assumption. I'm a hard line eurosceptic ( leaving the EU is my number one political priority) so of course I'm heavily biased, but I'd say antipathy towards the EU is the mainstream opinion. The anti EU ...
by Ormurinn
Mon May 26, 2014 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50498

Re: Isla Vista shooting

PUAs teach social skills? He doesn't strike me as the PUA type (even a failed one). More of a " nice guy". There's a difference? '. Well, yeah. From what I've seen on PUA sites (there's two on a news/politics feed I follow), they're mostly discussions of body language and how you should c...
by Ormurinn
Mon May 26, 2014 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50498

Re: Isla Vista shooting

Personally, I think that maybe if he hadn't had a massive "support" network of other angry misogynists helping to foment his viewpoint (that women were to blame for his relationship woes), he might not have gone ahead and murdered six people before killing himself. And I think that if the...
by Ormurinn
Mon May 26, 2014 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 40378

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

Personally I completely agree with Jen Doll, who adds that so-called “trigger warnings” are “one giant leap for censorship. Why add a ‘spoiler alert’ to the pain – and healing – inside the act of reading itself?,” writing at The Guardian. Any differences of opinion, disinfonauts? You do know that y...
by Ormurinn
Mon May 26, 2014 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50498

Re: Isla Vista shooting

On the racism angle, he seems to have a serious problem with white people. I've only skimmed his writings, cause dreck is dreck. He seems to have thought that being half-asian made him superior, and entitled him to sex with whites. Shades of Eldridge Cleaver? He refers to himself as a "perfect ...
by Ormurinn
Fri May 23, 2014 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taxpayers and citizens
Replies: 86
Views: 22088

Re: Taxpayers and citizens

Even our most shining example of consumer product innovation... Do you actually believe this? You're talking about a company whose MO is to take technology established by other concerns, package it in a shinier case, and charge a several 00% markup, whilst engaging in completely egregious patent tr...

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