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by dg61
Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 52509

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Just chipping in to note that people drinking beer because it has antibiotic properties is a widespread myth; there's not a lot of evidence people actually drank beer to avoid bacteria and as others have said the alcohol content would not sterilize it-you'd have to drink alcohol at poisonous concent...
by dg61
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Under what circumstances can humans be culled?
Replies: 36
Views: 12169

Re: Under what circumstances can humans be culled?

Correct, I was referring to the perception of the hospitals a a death trap(not even necessarily culling) discouraging people from seeking treatment. The line about western patients was mostly just to point out that there was a grain of truth in that the treatment was probably not as good as a state-...
by dg61
Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Under what circumstances can humans be culled?
Replies: 36
Views: 12169

Re: Under what circumstances can humans be culled?

Didn't the issue with this actually crop up to a lesser extent during the Ebola epidemic? Ebola hospitals developed a reputation for being death-traps*, so people started trying to hide cases for as long as possible to avoid said death-traps and the epidemic got much worse as all efforts at quaranti...
by dg61
Sun May 31, 2015 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 52867

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

(In the interest of laying out all my cards; I do think it is possible to be Orthodox and reject sexism, and even to be an Orthodox feminist, Can you clarify? I am not comfortable with the tenor of a lot of this discussion that just handwaves away Haredim since that doesn't actually improve the sit...
by dg61
Fri May 29, 2015 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 52867

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

(In the interest of laying out all my cards; I do think it is possible to be Orthodox and reject sexism, and even to be an Orthodox feminist, I do think that in many ways Haredi society and to a somewhat lesser extent modern orthodox culture can be fairly to extremely patriarchal simply because it g...
by dg61
Fri May 29, 2015 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 143444

Re: 0385: "How It Works"

Re patriarchy-my understanding is that many pastoralist and nomadic societies have more egalitarian gender roles than agrarian societies; is that at all accurate?
by dg61
Fri May 29, 2015 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 52867

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

I think I recall Timothy having a few things to say about segregation, though the reasons why very depending on who you ask. So that's 40-50 AD? I know it's not the same group, but I don't find it hard to believe after all the other sexist content of the old testament, that Jews followed those same...
by dg61
Wed May 27, 2015 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 52867

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

How far back does this level of segregation actually go? Do we have evidence of it(responsa, rabbinic discussions, etc) going back terribly far? I know that the Haredi world of today is very different in a lot of ways from the Haredi world of say 1940 or so and certainly different than say Hassidic ...
by dg61
Wed May 27, 2015 12:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The worst contract in the world
Replies: 80
Views: 19445

Re: The worst contract in the world

[Life insurance is] a hedge against a family's catastrophic loss of income. Anyone who buys life insurance for their children [...] is unclear on the concept. Right! I have never understood why people insure their children. I can't think of a sadder windfall. What the fuck do you even want that mon...
by dg61
Thu May 21, 2015 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 22487

Re: 1527: "Humans"

Quizatzhaderac wrote:
dg61 wrote:Right but you should also be finding other fastening(buttons, brooches, etc), as well as paintings and carvings showing clothes within and without the tomb itself.
Fair enough, but terrible archeologists are a lot funnier.

I will be pedantic about what I want to be darn it!
by dg61
Wed May 20, 2015 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 22487

Re: 1527: "Humans"

What movie has/had pink humans? They're typically called "white", and most movies have that variety of human. It's fairly common is sci-fi/fantasy for other species to call (white) humans pink since we look like bipedal pigs from far enough away. And what's the reference to metal crowns p...
by dg61
Thu May 14, 2015 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 52867

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

The short answer; I am a Chabad Lubavitch ba'al teshuva. Well that should have explained everything to everyone right there. You're from a sect of Judaism, my religion, which is not mainstream and opposes many commonly held Jewish values let alone modern secular opinions on equality and tolerance. ...
by dg61
Wed May 13, 2015 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 52867

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

The best term you can use is 'strictly Orthodox'. However, that term is also inaccurate. I have spent the last 20-30 minutes trying to think of a way to explain this, but I simple cannot. Just... accept that 'strictly Orthodox' is the term we will use because it is the least wrong. I know it's a 's...
by dg61
Wed May 13, 2015 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 52867

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

I just remembered a faux pas I committed years ago with an orthodox couple, where he smiled, introduced himself, shook my hand, and then gestured to his wife and introduced her. She smiled and said hello, I extended my hand to shake hers, and she didn't reach for it. Instead, he smiled broader, ask...
by dg61
Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:26 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 151
Views: 86088

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

Wouldn't a stack of $500,000,000 bearer bonds be a bit more than $2 billion? Even if they had to be folded a little to fit? But those are probably counterfeit. How about art? According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_paintings the most expensive painting is Cézanne'...
by dg61
Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 195316

Re: 1446: "???"

And here I was going to make a smartass post about the history of all-white painting and monochrome in art.
by dg61
Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1436: "Orb Hammer"
Replies: 46
Views: 10985

Re: 1436: "Orb Hammer"

I am amused that this discussion is happening right before the New Moon(Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan on the 23rd).
by dg61
Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 67326

Re: 1431: Marriage

Let's just try not to simultaneously erase racial identities while continuing the long and hallowed history of oppressing them. White people get to be blissfully color blind when the mess is cleaned up, and this will not happen in our lifetimes. Well, things can be social constructs and still be re...
by dg61
Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 67326

Re: 1431: Marriage

Let's just try not to simultaneously erase racial identities while continuing the long and hallowed history of oppressing them. White people get to be blissfully color blind when the mess is cleaned up, and this will not happen in our lifetimes. Well, things can be social constructs and still be re...
by dg61
Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 67326

Re: Knowledge is Power. France is Bacon.

an unintentionally-mixed-race child I really don't like the term "mixed race". (This is just some general thoughts on the matter, not aimed at you as I have no idea what your opinion is.) I get that social/cultural differences between people often correlate with the (relatively minor) phy...
by dg61
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:55 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Meeting College Students/Alumni
Replies: 3
Views: 7518

Re: Meeting College Students/Alumni

Many schools are happy to set up alumni interviews and keep in touch with alumni across the country and around the world for that purpose; contact the admissions offices of the schools you're interested in and they should be able to arrange one for you in your hometown.
by dg61
Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 67326

Re: 1431: Marriage

It's the rapist and his victim for 50 shekels, I have a little problem with that. That was established by God's decree too. That part of the Book of Deuteronomy is a series of mitzvot (commands) to the Israelites regarding how they ought to conduct themselves in Canaan, the land promised by Yahweh,...
by dg61
Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"
Replies: 32
Views: 11223

Re: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"

Museum curators I don't think actually handle objects as part of their usual job description do they? A registrar or curatorial assistant yes but not a curator.
by dg61
Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1419: "On The Phone"
Replies: 45
Views: 10147

Re: 1419: On The Phone

Ba'al?? Really... where's the humor in that? Ba'al was the ancient god they sacrificed infants to. It was the idol of Carthage and look where they ended up. Ba'al originally was a word meaning 'lord'(c.f. Akkadian Bel) commonly used as a name for Caananite and other Northwest Semitic deities(often ...
by dg61
Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:50 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 27270

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Though I don't know how solid it is, I personally have always been fond of Simo Parpola's explanation, ever since seeing it on a Discovery Channel documentary decades ago. Here's wikipedia's version: According to archaeologist and Assyriologist Simo Parpola, the most probable candidate for the &quo...
by dg61
Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 27769

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

I post solely to bring this forward, as a object both of interest to the topic and also as a fine work of art:
http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/zoom ... ctId=10925
by dg61
Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is low crime due to high incarceration?
Replies: 63
Views: 32521

Re: Is low crime due to high incarceration?

The more interesting thing is the apparently falling crime rates during the recession... Murder is hard to hide, unless NOTE: CRACKPOT CONSPIRACY THEORY AHEAD you are Japan and claim most murders are 'suicides'. Where does this come from, exactly? I mean, high suicide rates are not that much better...
by dg61
Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 169143

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Plays actually were read during Shakespeare's time, or at least it seems that way based on the print and manuscript evidence we have as follows: 1) There are several texts of Shakespeare's plays printed in his time and I think under his supervision that are far, far too long to be preformed even for...
by dg61
Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Socialist literature
Replies: 40
Views: 39774

Re: Socialist literature

In addition to reading Marx, it might be helpful to read some of his philosophical forebearers, especially Rosseau, Kant(focus here on the Groundwork for The Metaphysics of Morals and the essays What is Enlightenment, Perpeptual Peace, and the Universal History from a Cosmopolitan point of View), an...
by dg61
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The Foreigners' Guide To Chinese Culture
Replies: 28
Views: 22424

Re: The Foreigners' Guide To Chinese Culture

About how well-known is Ai Weiwei, and what do people in your circle tend to think of him?
by dg61
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 41440

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Maybe Indiana shaped like a paintbrush is a reference to the painter Robert Indiana? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Indiana
by dg61
Fri May 18, 2012 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What topics should be included in education?
Replies: 76
Views: 10157

Re: What topics should be included in education?

I think that history should be completely dropped, instead turned into culture exposure class, where they learn how different cultures work, and what history is needed to understand that. This way it would be fun and interesting, rather then dry like the history classes typically are. I'll slightly...
by dg61
Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Academic competion
Replies: 25
Views: 3630

Re: Academic competion

Just wondering who else here plays or has played quizbowl or quizbowl-related competitions, as well as people who combine quizbowl and beekeeping. I see what you did thar with your bees-meme reference, person whose initials suggest that he is Douglas Graebner (of course, I could be completely wrong...
by dg61
Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth
Replies: 64
Views: 6489

Re: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth

One wonder whether the kind of music used matter. Old fogies that public educators are, I imagine they have not investigated the potential of Schoenberg(as a effective arual deterrent) or of Debussy(as something to calm people).
by dg61
Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Anti-Recommend a Book!
Replies: 45
Views: 8805

Re: Anti-Recommend a Book!

I liked The Sun Also Rises only because it was fun to foist grail myth onto. But yeah, Hemingway is best as a short-story guy.
by dg61
Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 21751

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

"Why do we have to learn math? It's borrrrrrrrring" is one thing. It's a reasonable opinion, although I disgaree with it. "Why do we have to learn math? we won't use it like we use knowlege of bus timetables" is something that does bother me, though, because of the larger attitu...
by dg61
Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 15578

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

NOTE: I do realize that there are geographical exceptions. In California you can't really be Christian but you can be Buddhist. In NY/NJ Judaism and Islam go on the menu. Throw in the DC metro area, where there are large Jewish and Hindu/Bhuddist/other eastern religion populations. Also, this threa...
by dg61
Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14353
Views: 1280176

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Got Back

I'd be more likely to speak with a close male friend, but that's because I am closer to my male friends than female friends.
Well, let's talk about something other than relationships. Anyone here have manly hobbies?
by dg61
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: clever way to ask a girl to prom?
Replies: 19
Views: 3110

Re: clever way to ask a girl to prom?

"(kQ1Q2)/r^2. We create a field obeying the inverse square law." Note: Only works if the girl is geeky too. Otherwise, "I'm a hydrogen-can we form a covalent bond for Prom" will be cute and get the point across.
by dg61
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coporate Rights & the US Constitution
Replies: 56
Views: 9698

Re: Help draft a constitutional amendment (Court decisions)

No past decision of any age that contradicts the constitution shall remain valid upon discovery and challenge. Umm... who determines whether court rulings contradict the Constitution? The Supreme Court has absolute authority to interpret the constitution. And if they muck up they are allowed to ove...

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