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by iamspen
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1144559

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A slim minority is picking Trump to watch the world burn. I've read quite a bit lately that advocates voting for Trump so the political system collapses and ushers in a new wave of progressivism, which sounds horrifyingly similar to the religious ultraright's desire to usher in politicians who want...
by iamspen
Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 21873

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

Shouldn't the first Professor Whip movie simply be titled "Pillagers of the Misplaced Box?"
by iamspen
Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1109382

Re: Police misbehavior thread

But in my view worrying about the maybe last 2-5% of unarmed police shootings of black men due to some level of racial profiling vs the 75% illegitimacy rates / x% illiteracy rates and the other horror story statistics is an incorrect focus of blame That's more than a little assholish of you. I exp...
by iamspen
Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1144559

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

All good points. But if he has made republicans unelectable as president for 16yrs? What then? I mean, that might not be the case, but 12 years after the decision, and years after his presidency, "What did you think of going into Iraq?" is still a question at least his brother has to answ...
by iamspen
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ice heavier than water
Replies: 7
Views: 3690

Re: Ice heavier than water

Floating layers of ice provide good insulation for the water underneath. If ice were to sink, that insulating layer would never form, allowing liquid water to continue to solidify. Earth would be a frozen wasteland.
by iamspen
Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1144559

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yes, yes, and no, respectively.
by iamspen
Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1144559

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You should probably brush up on your history if you think we rebuilt Germany all by our selvesies with no major interference from outside powers. Because no.
by iamspen
Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1109382

Re: Police misbehavior thread

University of Cincinnati cop indicted on murder charges after fatally shooting a man in the head during a routine traffic stop. Warning: the video includes body cam footage of the victim actually being shot. As a Cincinnatian living in the heart of the downtown neighborhood, I'm relieved about the ...
by iamspen
Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1144559

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Carter is underestimated. After all, he didn't allow the US to become embroiled in a war in the Middle East or Eastern Europe, despite every reason to do so. I'm not ready to anoint him as Patron Saint of the American Presidency or anything, but I do think his perceived failures are more likely him ...
by iamspen
Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pluto flyby
Replies: 49
Views: 13910

Re: Pluto flyby

Charon appears to have a mountain inside a deep depression, which doesn't make any goddamn sense.
by iamspen
Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iranian Deal reached
Replies: 59
Views: 12967

Re: Iranian Deal reached

It's rather amazing to me that anyone could see this deal as a net negative. Soon, Iran will be monitored more closely than any nation ever has been, and will suffer real consequences if they try to impede their watchdogs. And though the economic boost will significantly increase their regional poli...
by iamspen
Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology
Replies: 87
Views: 23945

Re: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology

Both exist. Pro-free will is the larger contingent, generally speaking. Predestination is a doctrine for some sects, though, and while they don't quite say that choice doesn't exist, they believe your choice is predestined by God, which...isn't really a choice. Most Christian sects preach that you ...
by iamspen
Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology
Replies: 87
Views: 23945

Re: Tom Cruise considering leaving Church of Scientology

But why would a perfect deity create an imperfect universe and populate it with imperfect beings, the actions of whom are predetermined, specifically so he could send some fraction of those imperfect beings to hell and some fraction to paradise? How does life, which is an artificial and imperfect co...
by iamspen
Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 18873

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

Forgive me, I had forgotten that when one wraps a post in a sheet of irony and make claims so ridiculous they can't possibly be believed, some on the internet take that as a challenge. If it wasn't clear enough, I wasn't actually insinuating we refer to human beings as "it." A...
by iamspen
Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Us supreme court requires same sex marriage [split]
Replies: 96
Views: 21468

Re: Us supreme court requires same sex marriage [split]

As long as there are sufficient clerks willing to issue a same-sex marriage license, it could work. However, there are areas in the US where there may not be enough availability. There are counties that are very sparsely populated, and very conservative. It's better imo to tell clerks that they jus...
by iamspen
Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1144559

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You're views are outdated and your reasoning for electability are flawed. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/clinton-begins-the-2016-campaign-and-its-a-toss-up/ My favorite rule of thumb: "When you see some pundit declaring a minor... step to be a “game changer,” find someone else to follow&q...
by iamspen
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0582: "Brakes"
Replies: 103
Views: 29796

Re: 0582: "Brakes"

I'm going to appropriately and subtly bump this thread. You'll be missed, Tom.
by iamspen
Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Contraception Violates Freedom of Religion
Replies: 98
Views: 16513

Re: Contraception Violates Freedom of Religion

It seems most religious folk and the conservative courts are missing the most painfully obvious bit of this: IF THEY PAY FOR INSURANCE AT ALL, THEY'RE PAYING FOR SOMEONE'S CONTRACEPTIVES. It seems to me they have no business deciding whether those contraceptives that they already fucking pay for go ...
by iamspen
Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7547

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

Orm:

I don't understand your argument. Are you suggesting that anti-rape advertising, literally the easiest and most cost-effective way to try and prevent rape, is a terrible thing if it doesn't help prevent the majority of rapes?
by iamspen
Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?
Replies: 340
Views: 39512

Re: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?

The big fallacy the right is throwing at the electorate during this whole debacle is that any new debt = going deeper into debt, conveniently ignoring the not insignificant fact of global inflation. Currently, in terms of real wealth, debtees are actually paying the US to hold its debt, meaning this...
by iamspen
Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa
Replies: 665
Views: 57164

Re: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa

To those who argue that blindness doesn't necessarily correlate to improper use of a gun, I would contend that, though you're right, the inability to see your target while using a gun is rather objectively improper. I would posit that those involved in this debate should refrain from being willfully...
by iamspen
Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2624165

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

CorruptUser wrote:I'm going with sea tornadoes. It's possible.


I'll see your wikipedia article and raise you this.
by iamspen
Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2624165

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

Magnanimous wrote:Just make posters with human eyes and people will be more conscious about cleaning. Isn't psychology great?


Better yet, paint a fly on the inside of the urinal. It reduces inaccuracy by like 85% or some such ridiculous number.
by iamspen
Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 189705

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

The Arabs are angry that Israel exists . Keep in mind that in 1947, the Arabs committed a huge amount of genocide within their own countries, which is why virtually no Jews live anywhere else in the Mid-East besides Israel. And Iran (I know, Persian, not Arab). People tend to forget not know that; ...
by iamspen
Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 7 graphs that prove America is overrated.
Replies: 81
Views: 37481

Re: 7 graphs that prove America is overrated.

If you're working over 40 hours a week, I don't think it's legal for you to be classified as a temp. You might be being defrauded, or something, it's worth looking into the relevant statutes. Not in Ohio, at least. I've looked up court cases involving temporary employment, and, to my dismay, tempor...
by iamspen
Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 7 graphs that prove America is overrated.
Replies: 81
Views: 37481

Re: 7 graphs that prove America is overrated.

Sure have, but it's tough to find something else for which I'm qualified (I have a pretty vast array of experience and skills, but I don't have any certificates or anything for them) that will also pay the bills. My girlfriend suggested I learn to code, but that's a pretty hefty proposition when I'm...
by iamspen
Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 7 graphs that prove America is overrated.
Replies: 81
Views: 37481

Re: 7 graphs that prove America is overrated.

It actually takes a bit more than a few unpaid days off to be fired from most jobs. Workers in anything but the most unskilled of jobs are tough to replace, even in this economy. The company probably won't fire you unless it has a large reason to. That's of little comfort to those of us who have be...
by iamspen
Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 189705

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

As for Poland, whether it's called "Poland" or "the Grand Dutchy of Warsaw" or "The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth" It's undeniable that a geographically-contiguous area containing a mostly homogeneous people in the area that we would call "Poland" has existe...
by iamspen
Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All Verizon Call Data Goes to NSA
Replies: 62
Views: 42998

Re: All Verizon Call Data Goes to NSA

Word on the street is that General Alexander is working on declassifying the details on how the NSA protects Americans privacy. If the truth comes out, I hope you'll be pleased with it. Congress, FISA Courts, and the President have found those protections adequate. All three branches of the governm...
by iamspen
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 748441

Re: Doctor Whom

Yeah, as I recall, an instagram of Patrick Stewart (P-Stew?) eating a slice of pizza just made the actual news.
by iamspen
Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 748441

Re: Doctor Whom

I'm voting Patrick Stewart for Doctor.
by iamspen
Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Guilty Pleasure
Replies: 82
Views: 53960

Re: Guilty Pleasure

It's ON. Boy Bands from the '90s. Backstreet Boys - I Want it That Way N Sync- Bye Bye Bue 5ive- When the Lights Go Out Soul Decision - Faded I don't listen to his music, but I've gotten drunk with Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees on more than one occasion. That I think he's a pretty cool guy torments m...
by iamspen
Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2624165

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

Okay. So we'll jail him for 50 years instead? Quality solution!
by iamspen
Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Fast Food Strikes
Replies: 327
Views: 85881

Re: US Fast Food Strikes

If someone doesn't have valuable skills, or at least useful skills, we should train them. If they are too incompetent to learn useful skills, too weak to do hard work, too lazy to do boring work, too cowardly to do dangerous work, too narrowminded to do creative work, too untrustworthy to do sensit...
by iamspen
Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Fast Food Strikes
Replies: 327
Views: 85881

Re: US Fast Food Strikes

Furthermore, why do those who are unable to acquire skills undeserving of a living wage?
by iamspen
Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2624165

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

I'd prefer giving him debilitating fines rather than spending millions upon millions to incarcerate him. One of those is lucrative, the other is a colossal waste of money (especially in such a red state, where wasteful spending is allegedly frowned upon).
by iamspen
Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Fast Food Strikes
Replies: 327
Views: 85881

Re: US Fast Food Strikes

We do have the example of Medieval-era Iceland, which seems to show that in very, very specific circumstances something very close to anarcho-capitalism can work in practice. Those particular circumstances are pretty much impossible in the modern world though, so better to work with what we have. Y...
by iamspen
Thu May 30, 2013 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatising City Government?
Replies: 44
Views: 7303

Re: Privatising City Government?

I've managed relatively small budgets in a private enterprise, and I'll tell you right now, if I didn't spend my budget, my boss would get pissed. Not spending your budget in most private companies is just as big a sin as in the public sphere.
by iamspen
Thu May 30, 2013 3:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatising City Government?
Replies: 44
Views: 7303

Re: Privatising City Government?

Has anyone blathering on about maximizing efficiency ever worked for private companies? Maximizing efficiency most often comes with short-term capital investment, and since companies nowadays are only interested in their short-term future, maximizing inefficiency is hardly on their to-do list.
by iamspen
Thu May 30, 2013 12:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatising City Government?
Replies: 44
Views: 7303

Re: Privatising City Government?

And FFS don't have the government lay down public infrastructure, sell it off cheap, maintain it because the buyer doesn't, upgrade it because the buyer won't, all while the buyer is making monopoly profits off. That's not even what happens in this city. The for-profits "maintain" the inf...

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