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by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13431
Views: 1774295

Re: Today I Learned

Whizbang wrote:Permanently deleting the account, though, seems to be a viable option.

No, permanently deleting the account seems to be something that only Facebook can do. So unless Mark Zuckerberg owes you a life-debt, all you can do is beg and plead and hope.
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: We need to focus on educating the below average.
Replies: 72
Views: 16292

Re: We need to focus on educating the below average.

Basic economics says that as labor supply goes up, wages go down. Education is not a panacea. Well, mandatory education keeps kids out of the workforce, so it actually does keep labor supply down, in a way. Also, in the US, if you skip school you go to jail. And who do you think runs the jail? Educ...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15028

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

Criminally negligent manslaughter is a better fit. Is it? They were executing him, I don't think they can be charged because the guy they were killing died. Maybe just "criminal negligence". Sure they can. They had a job to do, they failed to do it correctly and it resulted in the guy dyi...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15028

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

Criminally negligent manslaughter is a better fit.
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 46703

Re: Gay Activism & Trans Rights

I'm only looking for an ELI5 of this thread, not the whole community. LGBT Community: Recognize our rights! 'Murca: No. LGBT Community: We're going to yell until we get rights! AAAAAAAH! 'Murca: Ok fine, we recognize that LGB folks have some rights. LGB folks: Yay! Thanks 'Murca. Let's get married ...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15028

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

Or, you know, we don't kill.
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Non-Monogamous Marriage Laws
Replies: 38
Views: 14217

Re: Hypothetical Non-Monogamous Marriage Laws

This one comes straight out of a dream, but I thought it was worth softballing to you folks: Everyone can choose one person to marry. That person is your legal partner and has default power of attorney, visitation, inheritance privileges. However, while this could be reciprocal (I choose Shakira and...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3585494

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

*He forgets the $25 shipping. He also forgets the $25 he's going to pay you to cover the cost of shipping back that thing that he sent you which is not the thing that you agreed to purchase. If you feel like being nice give him an ultimatum that he needs to send you a refund and the cost to ship it...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethical basis for environmentalism
Replies: 69
Views: 18453

Re: Ethical basis for environmentalism

I find Louis C.K.'s argument to be compelling. And most people agree with his foundational premise.
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 82458

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Who do you check with? Who do you have to ask? At a bare minimum? Google would be nice. While soliciting opinions of people outside your culture used to be moderately difficult, the internet has made it trivial. So if you are unaware of whether the uniform you're putting on was worn by perpetrators...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 46703

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

....I hate finding out new ways in which people are stupid. *sigh* Even if you DID think that gender is 100% social(which is, IMO, a touch high), would not more fluid movement between the roles help break down social gender barriers? And should not this be encouraged if you're after equality and al...
by Heisenberg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 30163

Re: Definition of Marriage

The problem is that over 50% of households are significant net drains and are a proportion that has increased 10% in the last 25 years and continues to grow. So... the rich half of the population voted to give money to the poor half of the population for whatever reason. That's not a "problem,...
by Heisenberg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 30163

Re: Definition of Marriage

Darn forums ate my last sourced post :) Current UK govenment stats 2010/11 - have 55% net negative - about 15% neutral then the net contibution (income - tax + benefits) rate shoots up in terms of income quintiles. Add in the debt burden which by definition lands on that final 30% too and factor ou...
by Heisenberg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 30163

Re: Definition of Marriage

If I may one dissenting comment :) "Having a child is good", assuming you mean in the concept of society is not true anymore. In the UK system, you not need to have a child, thats not criminal or sick, but they also need to land in the top 3 deciles of income to become a net positive to t...
by Heisenberg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2714737

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

Tyndmyr wrote:Didn't rail against the federal government merely existing and so on.
"Ladies and gentlemen of the SUPPOSED jury..."
by Heisenberg
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 46703

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

There will always be another definition more "equal" than yours, until you stretch it far enough as to include every possible combination of people - progressively losing more of its meaning along the way. It goes without saying that a definition isn't necessarily better than another simp...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 30163

Re: Definition of Marriage

Temporarily, yes, but cultural momentum is strong and by the time we get America to stop hating immigrants the countries they're emigrating from will be westernized to the point where everyone has birth control and diabetes and no one wants to leave anymore. At that point if we still consider childr...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 30163

Re: Definition of Marriage

Even when facing underpopulation, pushing births isn't the only way to gain people. More open immigration policies can also accomplish this. Obviously, lots of pros and cons to weigh, but when you start throwing giant piles of money at babies, it seems reasonable to consider that the other option m...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2714737

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

speising wrote:
Heisenberg wrote: But I imagine it's more because sleeping 8-12 hours in a row is really weird and humans only do it when forced into that pattern over several months.

[citation needed]

Super weird.
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 30163

Re: Definition of Marriage

Sex is heavily implied in the institution of marriage. Incest is banned, even if brothers can't produce any 'cursed by Apollo' offspring into this world... That logic sounds circular to me. Why shouldn't they be allowed to get married and have married sex? Because it's not allowed, that's why. To b...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 30163

Re: Definition of Marriage

Pez Dispens3r wrote:There was a curious instance, for example, where initial draft reforms for the UK Marriage Act allowed for brothers to marry brothers, and sisters to marry sisters, due to curious wording.

Is that bad? Why shouldn't two brothers be allowed to marry?
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2714737

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

Bullshit evolutionary science fails again. I mean, sure, if we as a species could only have sex at 11:00 after all the good TV is over, then this would make sense. But very few of us are on a rigorous sex schedule, and those few schedules certainly don't hold true across the entire species. Plus, a ...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Plot by extremists to 'Islamise' UK secular state education
Replies: 24
Views: 5474

Re: Plot by extremists to 'Islamise' UK secular state educat

'. Faith schools exist in the U.K, but have to be basically secular. You're allowed school prayer, but it's not allowed to be compulsory. That is a very different standard than the one applied in the United States. ''. I know several muslim engineers who seem to do just fine with studying science, ...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Plot by extremists to 'Islamise' UK secular state education
Replies: 24
Views: 5474

Re: Plot by extremists to 'Islamise' UK secular state educat

Im seeing a bit of a double standard. This forum breaks out in a feeding frenzy over U.S intelligent design proponents infiltrating the curriculum. Islamic fundamentalists engaging in the same behaviour as christian ones? Nothing to see here, right wing meeja dontcha know... It's absolutely a doubl...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?
Replies: 96
Views: 22310

Re: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?

I am getting so overwhelmed with this 'help help I'm being oppressed' bullshit Conservatives are screaming on the tops of their lungs in response to minorities fighting for equality. How is changing the rules of formal debate "fighting for equality"? If the rules are applied to everyone t...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87566

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

That said, his view was superior to Romney's, so in this example, it's sort of a moot point, since in the 'equality and decent human being' category, Obama was the best choice. Yes, if someone forced you to vote, and only gave you two options, then Obama was the best choice for equality. :roll: (If...
by Heisenberg
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 163079

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

It's not just, or mostly the public that he has to worry about. There must be a lot of powerful, rich people in Russia who do not like adventures like this. They will face a tougher business climate for the coming years, and they will want to see that is for a sufficient cause. This is very true. B...
by Heisenberg
Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 163079

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

The fact that they got Crimea presumably. Wait, are Ukraine, the EU and US now officially recognizing Crimea as part of Russia? I didn't read that anywhere? The absence of the word "Crimea" from the document tells everyone that they aren't actively working to reverse it anymore. Russia do...
by Heisenberg
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 82458

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

The "war bonnets" worn at coachella though are quite clearly not genuine or authentic in construction, design, materials or anything really and are a caricature in exactly the sense you describe. This difference would be inherently obvious to anyone familiar with the culture being appropr...
by Heisenberg
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87566

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

It tells me that the pro-equality side is doing a good job of focusing on our goals and avoiding verbal masturbation.

If you want to go around saying "BIGOT BIGOT BIGOT" all day, that's fine. But don't pretend that you're actually helping further the cause.
by Heisenberg
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87566

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

^ usually works better than name-calling.
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87566

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

So, kids, what have learned today from the great Franklin? You have to kiss the asses of people from a higher station, and if you're a really skilled asskisser, you might become one of the ass-kissed yourself. Or not, but then people won't tell stories about you in the future. No, Franklin patently...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87566

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

The right here would be "Equal Protection Under The Law." 14th Amendment.
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years
Replies: 47
Views: 9650

Re: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years

Was there actually an email from a Tennessee soccer mom? I was just making that up to give you an example of Things That The NSA Is Doing That Are Decidedly Not War. And yes, I've read/watched nearly all of that primary source material you mentioned, and drew similar conclusions to the gentlemen who...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 82458

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

You could probably define hipsterism as cultural appropriation for gaining attention. The adoption of blue-collar accouterments such as cheap beer and durable clothing by young, rich people is pretty obviously cultural appropriation. I think the intention of the user is important here. A white woman...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87566

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

Do you feel better, now?

Here's how Ben Franklin turned enemies into allies. It's a pretty good read.
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years
Replies: 47
Views: 9650

Re: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years

So yes, while cross-agency collaboration is rare, there does seem to be a path from NSA to US-CERT / NCSD. However, cutting that path off by getting rid of NSA's "defense" side just sounds blatantly idiotic to me. That sounds pretty idiotic to me, as well, which is why I was criticizing G...
by Heisenberg
Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87566

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

Yeah, the whole "hate doesn't end hate" bullshit line always seems to miss the point that it's not about ending hate, it's about ending oppression. If doing so makes the former oppressors hate you even more, so the fuck what? You're giving those remaining oppressors a reason to battle des...
by Heisenberg
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87566

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

You are missing the point; racial slavery is over. Homophobia is not. Even if the homophobes are fighting a losing war, every bit of support they get extends the douchebaggery. So the more that people go after openly homophobic individuals that faster we get equality. And more importantly, Lee wasn...
by Heisenberg
Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years
Replies: 47
Views: 9650

Re: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years

The solution, if you want "offense" to talk to "defense"... is to keep the two sides as close together as possible. Make them work together through problems, and communication will naturally flow between the two halves. If you split the agency, fewer disclosures will be made pub...

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