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by iamspen
Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious documents
Replies: 39
Views: 6966

Re: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious docume

Except that you said it in the manner Boehnor should have, and it sounds so much more damning and so much less, "Fuck you, Democrat scum!" IMHO, when you decide to start playing courtroom in the legistlature and hold someone in contempt, which is completely okay to do in this case, you'd b...
by iamspen
Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious documents
Replies: 39
Views: 6966

Re: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious docume

If by, "resulted in hundreds of deaths," he means, "definitely contributed to at least one death," yeah, I'm right there with him. I mean, I'm not suggesting the US government should be running guns to Mexican drug cartels, or that I'm not stupefied that it happened, or that it w...
by iamspen
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2661314

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

The FCC apparently likes getting smacked down in court, as I can't imagine that rule will be upheld, if for no other reason that the absolute impossibility of enforcement.
by iamspen
Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikipedia bans Scientology from editing
Replies: 15
Views: 4908

Re: Wikipedia bans Scientology from editing

The CoS forced them to donate their computers, that's what! ;)
by iamspen
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's Military Changes Mind, Seizes Power Again
Replies: 36
Views: 7894

Re: Egypt's Military Changes Mind, Seizes Power Again

I know what your point was, but my point is that and their promises to follow the legal rulings that are handed down from the secular courts, and the Brotherhood distancing itself from the executive office so as not the deligitimize itself in the eyes of minority religious/political groups (they ini...
by iamspen
Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's Military Changes Mind, Seizes Power Again
Replies: 36
Views: 7894

Re: Egypt's Military Changes Mind, Seizes Power Again

The biggest difference between Iran and Egypt, of course, is that Iran is an Islamic republic whose democratic system is made of paper and is, in fact, an oppressive dictatorship (which, in one of history's most ironic twists, is actually quite accepting of people of other faiths in relation to its ...
by iamspen
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's Military Changes Mind, Seizes Power Again
Replies: 36
Views: 7894

Re: Egypt's Military Changes Mind, Seizes Power Again

It's worth noting that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has taken a huge leap leftward, at least in rhetoric (its actual practices remain to be seen), since the protests against Mubarak began. It has promised, for whatever that's worth, not to curtail rights for Christians or women, and, IMO, that's ...
by iamspen
Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied bus monitor given $500000 for being bad at her job.
Replies: 109
Views: 17071

Re: Bullied bus monitor given $500000 for being bad at her j

Phrase people need to stop using #1: "butt-hurt."
by iamspen
Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NC: Pittance too much for Eugenics victims
Replies: 47
Views: 9239

Re: NC: Pittance too much for Eugenics victims

You'll note that saying, "These people deserve(d) compensation," is a wholly different statement than, "let's compensate for ALL the things!" Of course we can't compensate freed slaves, they're all dead. But that doesn't mean they didn't deserve it, and were, in fact, promised it...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 207699

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Germany disprespecting Greece? That would never happen! ;)
by iamspen
Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NC: Pittance too much for Eugenics victims
Replies: 47
Views: 9239

Re: NC: Pittance too much for Eugenics victims

So anything the government does EVER is automatically retconned out of existence when a regime changes? If we elect, say, Romney as next term's President, that automatically wipes out any decisions Obama has made? We're suddenly not beholden to the international and domestic agreements our nation ma...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NC: Pittance too much for Eugenics victims
Replies: 47
Views: 9239

Re: NC: Pittance too much for Eugenics victims

some stuff Are you kidding? If a government wrongs people, especially if those people are still alive, of course they should pay reparations. Or are you claiming freed slaves were owed nothing? Are you claiming victims of Jim Crowe laws, which continue to ravage victims and descendents alike, are d...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Purdue employees take on the Mushroom Kingdom for charity
Replies: 8
Views: 2227

Re: Purdue employees take on the Mushroom Kingdom for charit

Not sure if it qualifies as a double post if there is a full two years between. ;)
by iamspen
Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious documents
Replies: 39
Views: 6966

Re: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious docume

It's worrisome because it seems to indicate that Obama is not really that much better than Bush about government transparency. I wouldn't call it a "big deal" and it politically probably stems mostly from in-fighting. It's more a depressing example of where our government is at than anyth...
by iamspen
Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious documents
Replies: 39
Views: 6966

Re: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious docume

It's worrisome because it seems to indicate that Obama is not really that much better than Bush about government transparency. I wouldn't call it a "big deal" and it politically probably stems mostly from in-fighting. It's more a depressing example of where our government is at than anyth...
by iamspen
Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can a Corporate Person run for president of the USA?
Replies: 29
Views: 6348

Re: Can a Corporate Person run for president of the USA?

If a company is fined one million dollars, that will devalue the company by that amount, distributed among all the owners according to their share. That would only be true if profits were distributed equally per share. They're not. Profits aren't even distributed among shareholders, in fact, unless...
by iamspen
Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does a language require for philosophy to be possible?
Replies: 30
Views: 5874

Re: What does a language require for philosophy to be possib

Newspeak wouldn't remove feelings of unhappiness or frustration from its speakers. Rather, it would rob them of the ability to communicate and/or formulate reasons for that frustration. Keep in mind Orwell's concept of Newspeak was rigidly enforced by an all-encompassing political behemoth, so new w...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2661314

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

...which is still not a breach of decorum, it's a tongue-in-cheek conclusion to her arguments. It is in itself comparing one instance of a woman's inability to control her vagina to another, and is in itself quite a bit more tactful than openly shouting, "THIS IS LIKE RAPE!"
by iamspen
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: English court allows doctors to force-feed anorexic woman
Replies: 30
Views: 5986

Re: English court allows doctors to force-feed anorexic woma

If we hold that anorexia is a disease, and that it is a mental disorder, then logically, the patient in question is not qualified to consent to her own treatment, no? I don't have a problem with this ruling, so long is it doesn't overrule other, more qualified legal parties from signing the consent ...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jesse Ventura endorses Gary Johnson, CNN edits it out
Replies: 36
Views: 5231

Re: Jesse Ventura endorses Gary Johnson, CNN edits it out

The Reaper wrote:Note: Tea Party != Libertarians.


Like it or not, even though you an I know better, the Tea Partiers proclaim themselves libertarian, and it's something we're just going to have to deal with (mainly by calling them out as the willfully ignorant reactionists they are).
by iamspen
Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 16535

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

RE the cork market: Cork, though its use is perhaps dwindling, is still of huge importance in the middle- and high-end wine market. It adds flavor and character to the wine. Even though cork production may falter quite a bit, seeing as it's an important ingredient(?) in a widely-sold product, it won...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 16535

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

It comes down to how nationalistic you are; is it worth it to you to slightly raise a local farmer's income at the cost of making 10 poor people possibly starve? I can't buy that, because I can't allow myself to be drawn into that dichomoty. "I can either support this company that treats its e...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554207

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

NPR said the other day they're having a problem with the African refugee population, which numbers in the low thousands. Taking into account the total population of Israel, that might as well be 0. It seems to me they've found a convenient scapegoat, which, given the relatively recent history of the...
by iamspen
Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Still losing jobs, France to increase the cost of firing
Replies: 98
Views: 11183

Re: Still losing jobs, France to increase the cost of firing

Still, in moderate doses it's probably a good thing. I don't think anyone is arguing that. It's the people who consistently work 60, 70, 80 hours or more a week this discussion is concerned with. Scarily, many of the people who fall into that category are medical professionals. Still, working tons ...
by iamspen
Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police killing citizens (and visa versa)
Replies: 75
Views: 7736

Re: Police killing citizens (and visa versa)

We've gone from a world where most arrests were performed by the citizenry, to one where people are told they shouldn't intervene in a mugging or rape. We've been pacified and infantilised, and it hasn't been to our benefit. CLEARLY society is much, much less safe, civilized, and advanced than it w...
by iamspen
Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police killing citizens (and visa versa)
Replies: 75
Views: 7736

Re: Police killing citizens (and visa versa)

Besides which, what's worse, one maniac firing bullets indiscriminately, or the same situation only with five non-maniacs also firing bullets indiscriminately? As dangerous as maniacs with guns are, putting more bullets in the air is not going to help that situation.
by iamspen
Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Still losing jobs, France to increase the cost of firing
Replies: 98
Views: 11183

Re: Still losing jobs, France to increase the cost of firing

Anyone who has ever used software knows that, in practice, mistakes aren't, "relatively rare," and patching software post-release routinely costs developers tons and tons of money, and, in the worst cases, completely destroys their reputation and, as a result, their revenue. No, I am not ...
by iamspen
Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Still losing jobs, France to increase the cost of firing
Replies: 98
Views: 11183

Re: Still losing jobs, France to increase the cost of firing

Anyone who has ever used software knows that, in practice, mistakes aren't, "relatively rare," and patching software post-release routinely costs developers tons and tons of money, and, in the worst cases, completely destroys their reputation and, as a result, their revenue.
by iamspen
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Steadfast Trust
Replies: 43
Views: 10311

Re: The Steadfast Trust

Even before the ethnocentrist nature of the organization was uncovered, its own description reeks of, "England for the English!" Definitely a road worth travelling, right?
by iamspen
Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Average net worth falls 40%
Replies: 9
Views: 1686

Re: Average net worth falls 40%

Was their net worth in 2007 150% more than it was in 2002? Then wouldn't it be fair to say that their 2007 net worth was over-inflated? No. The article and the NPR piece both state that the drop in net worth has wiped out 20 years of accumulated wealth, and since 2002 wasn't 20 years ago... Besides...
by iamspen
Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Average net worth falls 40%
Replies: 9
Views: 1686

Average net worth falls 40%

In perhaps the most, "oh, shit," statistic of the year, the average net worth of American families has fallen 40% since 2007, and the inflation-adjusted median income has dropped, as well. It doesn't take a genius to figure out much of the drop in net worth is related to falling home price...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 31870

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

And then we get the effects of mass production, where simple laws of supply and demand do not apply and more customers for a product might well lower the price and vice versa. So it's in fact extremely hard to predict what increased demand for a specific product will do to your bills. Well sure, bu...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 31870

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

Stuff NO. An educated populace increases productivity and innovation, as well as general knowledge. It's a universal positive. If demand for it drives up prices of education, that's fine, because it's a net benefit. Obesity is not a positive, an obese society gains nothing by being obese, and, in f...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NAACP endorses marriage equality
Replies: 7
Views: 1557

Re: NAACP endorses marriage equality

[nitpick]The NAACP is hardly just an African American organization, or, at least, wasn't intended to be when it was formed.[/nitpick]

We're inching closer and closer...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 16535

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

Huh, I remember learning from Nova that once you get past marathon distance, humans are the best at running. Basically, a lot of predators have a certain distance that they are the best at running (in general). You know, the whole find a niche and fill it. For example, cheetahs are the fast...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 16535

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

JBJ wrote:The Tarahumara people would like to have a word with you about that...


Damn it, Nova! Now I feel I've learned nothing from watching it in marathon sessions!
by iamspen
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 16535

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

Ormurinn wrote:It's why we evolved bipedalism (to run prey to death across vast distances...


Since humans are not good runners, I prefer the theory that we developed bipedalism because being able to carry things back to the group vastly increased our survival.
by iamspen
Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 31870

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

Adam H wrote:Except for when I want a humongous soda and can't have one!


Sigh. Have you read my posts?
by iamspen
Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 305436

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

This too. Iraq didn't have anybody we could make a peace treaty with after we replaced their government. Afghanistan does in the Taliban, but we're not fighting a war-war there; we're fighting an occupation. I don't know of any examples in history that are good counter-points for the US specificall...
by iamspen
Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California Considering Law to Ban "Gay Conversion" Therapies
Replies: 84
Views: 11122

Re: California Considering Law to Ban "Gay Conversion" Thera

They don't. Everybody pays the same. And if the statistics in this thread are accurate, gays are a significant minority, and avoiding teaching homosexuality in sex ed would be tantamount to avoiding teaching about blacks or Mexicans in a history class.

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