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by drunken
Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: George Washington
Replies: 16
Views: 1714

Re: George Washington

There is no great tradition in the US of paying much attention to great presidents farewell addresses, another great example is Eisenhower's: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/dwightdeisenhowerfarewell.html Exerpt: "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of ...
by drunken
Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Save America?
Replies: 23
Views: 2640

Re: Save America?

Despite the idiocy of the OP I do believe America needs to be saved. I think suggesting an invasion is ridiculous though. What would that achieve? How many lives would it cost? Too little, too many. I think to save the US we need to teach the US. This is something US citizens can help with. Talk to ...
by drunken
Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36805

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

So what's allegedly wrong with the rigor of the study I mentioned in this post , exactly? Unlike most other studies, this one used a large sample size and, unlike many other acupuncture studies, was actually properly blinded. So I'm curious as to what the supposed problem was... There is nothing wr...
by drunken
Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0258: "Conspiracy Theories"
Replies: 272
Views: 80593

Re: "Conspiracy Theories" Discussion

One thing that the "there-is-no-conspiracy theorists" sometimes forget is that unless you were there, and saw what happened, you are theorising about what happened. This means your belief that there is no conspiracy is a theory . There is no doubt that conspiracies do happen. I consider my...
by drunken
Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Zeitgeist 2
Replies: 56
Views: 7112

Re: Zeitgeist 2

Thankyou Marbas, that citation was one that I particularly wanted to have verified or denied. If you could prove to us here that it is bunk that would be nice, and I also wanted to know about the court case where a man got out of forclosure, can you disprove that? It certainly sounds far fetched. Al...
by drunken
Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Zeitgeist 2
Replies: 56
Views: 7112

Re: Zeitgeist 2

I hope my reply suffices. No, I am sorry but I need more than that. You start with a basic description of how barter evolved into a currency, rather over simplified and not especially accurate, then came the transition. This is the part I am arguing with here: Recently, however, the population grew...
by drunken
Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Zeitgeist 2
Replies: 56
Views: 7112

Re: Zeitgeist 2

Telchar, your reply was full of rightious indignation and I started wondering why. I imagine if you told me a bit about yourself I might be able to understand your reaction a bit better. Some of the points you made were valid, and some were not. I would like to adress the ones that are not as that w...
by drunken
Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The war on terror
Replies: 49
Views: 8620

Re: The war on terror

It has been pointed out already that you are more likely to be killed by a toaster than by a terrorist but does anyone know the statistics for deaths worldwide from islamic terrorists vs for example christian terrorists (bearing in mind that bombing an abortion clinic is an act of terrorism and simp...
by drunken
Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Grantsmanship' Distorts Global Warming Science
Replies: 29
Views: 3714

Re: 'Grantsmanship' Distorts Global Warming Science

The government is perfectly capable of keeping the population in a state of fear and submission without having to resort to something as uncertian in it's social consequences as global warming.
by drunken
Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The end of human civilization?
Replies: 29
Views: 2881

Re: The end of human civilization?

This thread is really interesting. My 2c: I don't know if this scenario is more or less likely than any other, but if it happens, and humans become redundant to machines, from any objective point of view it would seem that that is a necessary evolutionary step or at least an unavoidable result of th...
by drunken
Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Zeitgeist 2
Replies: 56
Views: 7112

Re: Zeitgeist 2

While I agree with all the arguments against Zeitgeist 1 and the innacuracies, there is in fact a Zeitgeist 1 thread. This is not it. Please stay on topic. Zeitgeist 2 was about the economy. Can we talk about the economy in relation to this movie please? That would be nice. The view "The first ...
by drunken
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 700249

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Random832 wrote: what casualties could a pump failure have possibly caused?


lol. well theres magma perma flood of the entire fortress...
by drunken
Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 700249

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

God help me, the the DF forums have been up and down (mostly down) for too long, I can't bear it. Also: I'm trying to figure how to use my lava, myself. No bauxite, unfortunately... Well, if you want to use it offensively all You need is some Nickel/Iron pumps and a decent drainage system in place. ...
by drunken
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 721878

Re: Common Questions

The best resource I know of is wikipedia and thats a pretty sad thing to say from a scientific perspective. Wikipedia is actually pretty accurate for most stuff that you need to discuss.. There is a lot of stuff that simply isn't covered by wikipedia. Especially research that is either too old or t...
by drunken
Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36805

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

@Saladore: I was talking about when scientists make claims that aren't based on facts. You seem to have taken it in a much more general sense. I agree with you however that some of the things I have said about scientist were uneccesarily inflammatory and also unfairly general. I used to spend a lot...
by drunken
Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36805

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

So you are saying that, in the absence of evidence, the fact that someone has been professionally trained to assess facts logically, and effectively assess the evidence for claims makes them less credible? Really? You are saying that spending a lifetime trying to understand the workings of the univ...
by drunken
Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36805

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

@ Mane: What I am saying is that the theory that magnetic fields could be used as a form of new medicine is not impossible or disproven. What I was saying earlier in this thread was that sometimes 1000 years of experimenting in a non scientific way is often as good a way of coming up with ways of do...
by drunken
Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36805

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

[...] This evidence doesn't prove that anything that acupuncturists say about acupuncture is true. But what it does prove is that acupuncture affects my nervous system in ways that I personally don't understand. This means my opinion about what is happening is less scientifically valid than the opi...
by drunken
Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36805

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

Here is something that backs up what I was saying before: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20026783.400 The idea of magnetic therapy has been seen as pseudoscience for a long time. It was part of the Penn & Teller: Bullshit episode about alternative medicine. They even got a 'real scientist...
by drunken
Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: John Pilger
Replies: 13
Views: 1107

Re: John Pilger

What were you specifically asking about? I don't really see any important questions to answer besides whether we agree or not. I guess the biggest issue for me is the idea of the millions of people starving to death and dying of preventable diseases. Most of these documentaries maintain that the wo...
by drunken
Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: John Pilger
Replies: 13
Views: 1107

Re: John Pilger

Chavez reasonable? If it wasn't for oil he'd have already been thrown out, and he's consuming so much of the oil revenues for social programs production has already begun to decline. I suppose this really isn't the place to discuss his policies though (or maybe it is if we're discussing the thought...
by drunken
Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: John Pilger
Replies: 13
Views: 1107

John Pilger

There is a journalist by the name of John Pilger who has created many documentaries of what he calls a 'subversive nature'. I would like to hear everyone heres opinions on this man and his work, and on the subjects of his work. I would also like to intruduce him to those of you that haven't seen any...
by drunken
Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 721878

Re: Common Questions

I have another question: What online resources do people here use for science related stuff. If I want to write a serious thread or post I want to know my facts are right. Also if someone else makes some claim like "it is scientifically possible to cook eggs by singing to them" and qoutes ...
by drunken
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I would like people's opinions on Hell
Replies: 54
Views: 5917

Re: I would like people's opinions on Hell

I personally believe that hell is the most ridiculous thing religion has ever come up with. I believe in something which I sometimes refer to as "God" I also want to be a wizard when I grow up. But hell? Scary place of fire you go when your bad? Don't make me laugh that is just moronic. Al...
by drunken
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Zeitgeist 2
Replies: 56
Views: 7112

Re: Zeitgeist 2

I agree that the credibility of the documentary is a bit iffy... in fact, does nayone here have +10 or more to lawyer skill? There were two "facts" one in each movie that I am interested in. The first one said that someone successfully won a court case against income tax and in the second ...
by drunken
Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 721878

Re: Common Questions

@drunken: maybe power that didn't come from a power company? That doesn't mean it didn't cost money, you know. Solar cells cost money, too. Your "free energy" could be more expensive than what comes from the power company, since they get economies of scale. The cheapest "free energy&...
by drunken
Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How should I disinfect this water bottle?
Replies: 54
Views: 6071

Re: How should I disinfect this water bottle?

@ I have a rule, no bleach, disinfectant, or other strong cleaning chemicals are allowed anywhere near anythhing that I eat, eat off, or touch while eating. Does this mean you never eat anything you didn't grow/raise yourself? of course it doesn't. It just means I complain about the chemicals in my ...
by drunken
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Zeitgeist 2
Replies: 56
Views: 7112

Re: Zeitgeist 2

I have been a fan of Bill Hicks for many years, and then a fan of George Carlin, both of shom are extensively quoted by both movies. I have also been interested in the work of John Pilger as of recently. This in conjunction with being from overseas (ie not the US) means I have had a very different u...
by drunken
Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How should I disinfect this water bottle?
Replies: 54
Views: 6071

Re: How should I disinfect this water bottle?

I was surprised about how different my attitude is to everyone else here with regards to this sort of thing. At first I assumed the OP wanted to remove the green stuff for health reasons, ie. thinking it might contain dangerous microbes. To this my answer would be don't bother. If you are the only o...
by drunken
Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 721878

Re: Common Questions

What do scientists call energy that doesn't cost money? Like energy that you get at work when you plug your phone in to charge it, or energy you get from putting your things in ths sun to dry them, or wehn someone gives you a can or petrol for your birthday. I was confused by the OP for a moment and...
by drunken
Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10988

Re: Why I now believe in an afterlife

If you only believe things because you have evidence for them then you believe nothing. I obviously DO have faith in something: Science, evidence and reason. ...you could show me evidence that evidence based reasoning is wrong... No there will NEVER be any conclusive evidence that evidence based re...
by drunken
Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cosmology. A double standard?
Replies: 14
Views: 2020

Cosmology. A double standard?

This is a question more than a complaint because I am only a Bsc and therefore not qualified to ridicule an entire discipline of science. It seems to me that cosmology and cosmological theories get special treatment that no other field of science enjoys. This is as much the media's fault as the cosm...
by drunken
Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10988

Re: Why I now believe in an afterlife

If the OP insists that he can believe anything he wants to without evidence, wouldn't it be better if he just convinced himself to be happy regardless of any circumstances? I think the best argument against an afterlife is how practically anything bad that happens to our brain that doesn't immediat...
by drunken
Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: American Financial situation
Replies: 158
Views: 9852

Re: American Financial situation

Assuming this whole thing is a zero-sum game, while everyone is losing money, someone has to be gaining a LOT of money. I would try to find who is gaining this money and make them pay for this mess. If we can't point fingers, then take money from the groups that have "too much" money, lik...
by drunken
Sat Sep 27, 2008 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: American Financial situation
Replies: 158
Views: 9852

Re: American Financial situation

Edit: Please let me apologise for this post. It is uninformed unresearched and basically just a collection of my random opinions. I knew this was the case when I wrote it but I somehow neglected to word it in such a way that this was obvious, or even possible to guess. It should have been proceeded...
by drunken
Sat Sep 27, 2008 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google's Project 10^100
Replies: 17
Views: 2969

Re: Google's Project 10^100

Forgive the cynicism, but I can't help but feel as though there'd be a measure of ownership over all ideas submitted, to be used for profitable purposes by Google later. But with that out of the way, I like it. As a condition of participation, you grant Google, its subsidiaries, agents and partner ...
by drunken
Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pot
Replies: 291
Views: 23193

Re: Pot

Argh. I hate the people who have done this to LSD. I hate the people who prounce about all over the internet proclaiming you've got to "RESPECT the drug, man!", as if it's some divine being. Acid is just another drug. You're just getting fucked up, no different than with weed or alcohol, ...
by drunken
Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pot
Replies: 291
Views: 23193

Re: Pot

The results of the poll surprised me: on in the internet, as in real life, I had assumed that when I encountered a reasonable, easy going, intelligent, well spoken and polite person that meant they were probably a pot smoker. Given that reasonable, intelligant, well spoken and polite pretty much sum...
by drunken
Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Would a global Totalitarian regime be REALLY that bad?
Replies: 32
Views: 4113

Re: Would a global Totalitarian regime be REALLY that bad?

Totalitarianism is one of the most tried and tested forms of government and thus it is possible to give an answer to this point in which the effects of totalitarianism are not taken as an unkown quantity. This means that the only part of the question which requires an opinion is what you consider to...
by drunken
Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Macgyvering computer hardware
Replies: 18
Views: 2660

Macgyvering computer hardware

It is possible that no one even cares about this but I was so proud of myself I just had to tell someone. I just got back from a week long holiday with a bunch of girls and they played the same music from the same band for at least 50% of the time we were listening to music (call it 30 hours or so o...

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