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by CorruptUser
Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is the Economics Prize a real Nobel Prize?
Replies: 21
Views: 4101

Re: Is the Economics Prize a real Nobel Prize?

Well there is "no fucking way" half the people in the past 50 years that received the Literary Nobel deserved it. Hell, Rowling deserves it more than most of those simply for doing more for child literacy than the entire US Department of Education.
by CorruptUser
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BAMN vs. University of Michigan
Replies: 41
Views: 4911

Re: BAMN vs. University of Michigan

Except that the children of wealthy people are on average, less wealthy than their parents. The children of poor people are on average wealthier than their parents. There still is a lot of social mobility in the US (though admittedly, not as much as I'd like). An intelligent person born into poverty...
by CorruptUser
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is the Economics Prize a real Nobel Prize?
Replies: 21
Views: 4101

Re: Is the Economics Prize a real Nobel Prize?

Don't forget Science Fiction, especially the Philosophy and Ethics parts of it. For example, what is the true definition of human? What are the ethical ramifications of synthetic life? What will post-scarcity really look like? How will technology impact our future lives? Are clones separate entities...
by CorruptUser
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 24406

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

Don't we already have more or less incontravertible proof of evolution? Just look at a petri dish of bacteria, and claim that things don't mutate and that the 'more sufficiently fit' organisms don't supplant the others. Yet, people deny it, so there is little reason to believe people wouldn't deny p...
by CorruptUser
Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18425

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

Wealth ≠ dollars. While that is what I've been saying for years, it is true that manipulating the currency can increase wealth, IFF it causes people to actually produce wealth, AND more than what is lost by manipulating the market in the first place. For example, done right, Keynesian economics smo...
by CorruptUser
Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BAMN vs. University of Michigan
Replies: 41
Views: 4911

Re: BAMN vs. University of Michigan

There's a little thing called regression. Your descendants are not expected to be as far from the average as you currently are. The rich do no get richer; they get replaced by new rich people. After a certain amount of time, the descendants of the currently rich will be indistinguishable from those ...
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BAMN vs. University of Michigan
Replies: 41
Views: 4911

Re: BAMN vs. University of Michigan

1) End to all race-based policies; no law or policy may take race/gender/age/orientation into account unless required for the purpose (e.g., old white females probably don't make convincing undercover agents) 2) Automatic acceptance to public colleges based on high school ranks (Florida and Texas do...
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BAMN vs. University of Michigan
Replies: 41
Views: 4911

Re: BAMN vs. University of Michigan

I'm against affirmative action and am also against the racial quota policies of the 1930s (and the 1880s-1950s). I don't believe you can right a wrong with more wrongs. No wronging things right.
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BAMN vs. University of Michigan
Replies: 41
Views: 4911

Re: BAMN vs. University of Michigan

But that would mean since people age 18-21 aren't the majority, the states have no right to vote to remove their right to drink. Also, prop 8 is illegal, since homosexuals aren't the majority. Oh, and since criminals are (hopefully) a minority, no ballot proposition can enhance or limit their right...
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BAMN vs. University of Michigan
Replies: 41
Views: 4911

Re: BAMN vs. University of Michigan

But that would mean since people age 18-21 aren't the majority, the states have no right to vote to remove their right to drink. Also, prop 8 is illegal, since homosexuals aren't the majority. Oh, and since criminals are (hopefully) a minority, no ballot proposition can enhance or limit their rights...
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18425

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

True, but bullies do exist in other forms and are supported by people, often for good reasons, often not.

As for things that were less of a 'stretch', what were nobles and the system of feudalism but an organized bullying system? Yet, nobles sometimes got a lot of support.
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18425

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

This is a good example. Is there anyone in this thread who is in support of bullies??? I do. We have many bullies sponsored by the state, called "police", who do a fairly good job. Though there is the issue of 'who watches the watchmen', so they are bullied by a bully we elect (the Mayor)...
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is the Economics Prize a real Nobel Prize?
Replies: 21
Views: 4101

Re: Is the Economics Prize a real Nobel Prize?

Also, if playwrights can get the Nobel prize for Literature, why can't screenwriters or directors? Cinema is theater, of a sort, so couldn't the prize be given to Kubrik or Aronofsky? Maybe Ridley Scott who, btw, is currently working on a film version of "The Forever War". Yay! Vietnam/Ira...
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18425

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

That assumes that the world is a zero-sum game, which it isn't. Consider the simple stag's game played between two prehistorical men. The hunters can work together to get the stag (for enough food for a month), or they can work individually and only get enough food for a day (hunting the rabbit). E...
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess The Next Poster
Replies: 23486
Views: 1582446

Re: Guess The Next Poster

Nope

I guess VO
by CorruptUser
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is the Economics Prize a real Nobel Prize?
Replies: 21
Views: 4101

Re: Is the Economics Prize a real Nobel Prize?

It's not a true Nobel prize, but it doesn't really matter. Still the most prestigious prize in its field. It's less prestigious than the Physics, Physiology/Medicine, and Chem prizes, but more so than Peace or Literature. Seriously, the Lit prize is more known for the people that don't get the prize...
by CorruptUser
Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18425

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

It doesn't have to an even distribution, just equitable enough (see: minimum wage, welfare, social security). Your top 1% of earners probably shouldn't hold 90% of the wealth. They don't. In fact, the US has the second highest median income in the world*. Part of the reason for the high Gini index ...
by CorruptUser
Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama Assasinated (according to hacked Fox News feed)
Replies: 81
Views: 8523

Re: Obama Assasinated (according to hacked Fox News feed)

Huh, maybe I should have named my MMORPG guilds "Noobs", so people keep getting killed by Noobs.
by CorruptUser
Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 47954

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

Someone else is now claiming (attempted) rape . This appears to be 8 years ago, so, it strikes me as being politically motivated. Except, you know, she claimed this back in 2007. Plus, free publicity for the previously unknown author. Obviously, so long ago that the evidence is down to he-said-she-s...
by CorruptUser
Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists
Replies: 195
Views: 19611

Re: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists

You are a "poor example of the species" if you can't/never have more emotional involvement with another human than over the last slice of pizza, not for having unemotional sex. Maybe I'm wrong, and there really is some cheese and sauce covered bread that is more important than other people.
by CorruptUser
Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists
Replies: 195
Views: 19611

Re: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists

I think it's fair to assume that, intended or not, people will likely read into sex more than they will you sharing a pizza with everyone. I'm saying this is a part of the problem. And it will remain a problem until people either completely remove the emotional attachment that comes with sex (proba...
by CorruptUser
Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Attack and Defend
Replies: 2904
Views: 251831

Re: Attack and Defend

I defend with a police dog strapped to the back of my knee.

I attack with an arrest warrant for animal cruelty.
by CorruptUser
Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 8749
Views: 794418

Re: Good News, Bad News

Good News: quasi-immortality through space-torture makes you immune to AIDS.
by CorruptUser
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18425

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

A lot of people in this thread are assuming that many workers are even worth a certain amount/hr. There are some people who simply are not capable of producing minimum wage value. This could be because they are mentally disabled, or physically incapable. There could be a language barrier. They could...
by CorruptUser
Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18425

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

Incompetent or not, would the minimum wage employees actually be better off if the businesses disappeared? Also keep in mind that the minimum wage, at least in NYS, is really ~$13, not $7.15. Just that the employee doesn't see most of the payroll taxes and other expenses involved that the employer p...
by CorruptUser
Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jamaicans regret independence.
Replies: 55
Views: 6984

Re: Jamaicans regret independence.

I fault them for erasing cultural heritage, for destroying priceless artifacts, for destroying knowledge, for the extinction of knowledge that we don't even know we lost, for doing the equivalent of burning the library of Alexandria and the sack of Damascus who knows how many times over. There's a w...
by CorruptUser
Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jamaicans regret independence.
Replies: 55
Views: 6984

Re: Jamaicans regret independence.

Well, Godwin's Law has already been invoked here, so here goes. If you want to talk about horrible empires, imagine if the Third Reich had colonized/imperialized half of the New World, and maybe a bit of Africa. And had been the most powerful country for several centuries. That's what the Spanish Em...
by CorruptUser
Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doesn't support gay rights
Replies: 103
Views: 10206

Re: Obama doesn't support gay rights

Of course the media is uncritical of Obama, he hasn't denied them any stories yet. Except that one press conference where he wouldn't let in Fox News. After 9/11, Bush got a free pass until he wouldn't let the media cover his daughter's wedding. Yet another friendship broken over forgotten wedding i...
by CorruptUser
Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jamaicans regret independence.
Replies: 55
Views: 6984

Re: Jamaicans regret independence.

I once had an interesting chat with a pastor from Uganda who said that one of the biggest mistakes they made when Uganda gained independence was that they kicked out all the old british administrators too quickly and that overall they did it all too quickly so a lot of infrastructure fell into disr...
by CorruptUser
Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25799
Views: 2096683

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but I'm a terrible house-guest and you should've known better than to invite me into your home. I'll spare you the details, but you probably should avoid your bathrooms until the Haz-Mat teams arrive. And the olympic swimming pool, and the wine cellar, and the miniature course, and the Aren...
by CorruptUser
Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 11585

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

iop wrote:Not even websites where farmers could find out who to contact in case Monsanto wrongfully accuses them of saving seed.


My inner cynic wonders if that's why many sparsely populated parts of the US don't have internet access...
by CorruptUser
Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jamaicans regret independence.
Replies: 55
Views: 6984

Re: Jamaicans regret independence.

Actually, the slave trade would still have been huge even without European demand, just less huge. For thousands of years, Arab slavers/slave-traders kidnapped/bought slaves from Sub-Saharan Africa. The decline of Timbuktu occurred when the slave trade shifted; prior to European contact, slaves woul...
by CorruptUser
Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morals in Evolutionary Game Theory
Replies: 23
Views: 4359

Re: Morals in Evolutionary Game Theory

Except that morals are concepts that arise from the question of 'ought' , while evolution has more to do with 'is'. The horrifying truth is that morals are more subjective than objective; whatever we want them to be, really. Some people might argue that maximizing utility is the ultimate goal and fo...
by CorruptUser
Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 49481

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

alreadytaken4536 wrote:Hey hey, what's wrong with 'panties' :D ?


It is awful and should be removed. [/dirty_joke]
by CorruptUser
Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18425

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

I'm more furious at the system of "we won't hire you because you don't have enough experience, and you can't get experience because we won't hire you", then for the company to turn around and complain that they can't find experienced workers.
by CorruptUser
Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jamaicans regret independence.
Replies: 55
Views: 6984

Re: Jamaicans regret independence.

NZ is not that large. A lot of former Spanish and Portuguese colonies are rather large, such as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, etc. As for large French colonies, Algeria is a big country, as is 'French Indochina', and Mali, etc.
by CorruptUser
Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jamaicans regret independence.
Replies: 55
Views: 6984

Re: Jamaicans regret independence.

A lot of former colonies went from horrible oppression to nightmare fodder. Zaire (aka, DR Congo) being the largest example. Something I noticed was that, while not all of Britain's former colonies became shining pillars of Liberal Democracy, ONLY former British Colonies became 'successful' democrac...
by CorruptUser
Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 49481

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

Irregardless isn't a real word. But yeah, those words make my eyes bleed pure hatred.

I wonder what she was typing?
by CorruptUser
Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Krokodil; The Drug That Eats Junkies
Replies: 69
Views: 11561

Re: Krokodil; The Drug That Eats Junkies

That's not the name the drug users call it.
by CorruptUser
Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mass Ocean species migration
Replies: 11
Views: 1262

Re: Mass Ocean species migration

If raptors existed today, Orca would jump out of the water to drag the raptors back in just for lunch.

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