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by CorruptUser
Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6764

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

If a military coup were to happen in china to install democracy i'd be okay with that. You would be OK with mass unrest and a period of political instability in a country with many ethnic minorities who don't all see themselves as Chinese, is a mere 3 meals away from absolute chaos, has no signific...
by CorruptUser
Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drafting in the US and Women
Replies: 56
Views: 6680

Re: Drafting in the US and Women

Of course, if we are attacked by a species capable of interplanetary combat, we are pretty much extinct, draft or not. It will be less James Cameron's "Avatar" and more "aliens alter asteroid's course to obliterate all advanced life of Earth". Speaking of which, kind of off topic...
by CorruptUser
Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 25846

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

As the old example goes, who is violating the right to health care of a man living alone on an island? Dunno, who's violating his right to live when he starves to death there? If the right to live meant that you have the right to be provided with absolutely everything to survive, and letting someon...
by CorruptUser
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 25846

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

Arguably the amendments aren't there for things we have now but not then, but for what we should have always had. People should always have been born free, women should always have had the right to vote, people should never have been allowed to drink alcohol, people should always have been allowed t...
by CorruptUser
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 25846

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

No. The amount of healthcare you would have a 'right' to depends on what's available; why do you have the right to antibiotics but your great-grandparents didn't? Why will (possibly) your grandchildren have the right to nerve replacement and nanosurgery or who knows, but you don't? Rights aren't dep...
by CorruptUser
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Consumption (or: Are diamond rings okay?)
Replies: 101
Views: 10625

Re: The Ethics of Consumption (or: Are diamond rings okay?)

A problem I have with "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" is, what is the true separation between "need" and "want"? Is any food more than the bare minimum superflous? Do you really need more than some bland sludge with barely enough prot...
by CorruptUser
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change / Global Warming
Replies: 257
Views: 47440

Re: Climate Change / Global Warming

I'm not convinced that climate change will turn us into a giant desert; wouldn't warmer oceans mean more moisture in the atmosphere meaning much more rain, as well as counteracting (some) of the rising sea levels? That would mean many more parts of the world would resemble a swamp or jungle (wetland...
by CorruptUser
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer
Replies: 27
Views: 2555

Re: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer

fjafjan wrote:
aleflamedyud wrote:
fjafjan wrote:
Jahoclave wrote:God damn, can the U.S. not be number #1 at anything anymore?

Obesity

Nope, Australia took it.

Okay then, People in prison is a safe one though. Especially per person, but even gross is nr 1 by a fair bit.


Supposedly China beat the US in that as well, but the statistics are unreliable.
by CorruptUser
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9976

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

Drug companies make little profit from the EU Strange then, that most of the major drug companies originated there... And many (if not most) rock bands originated in Europe too, but where did they make the bulk of their money? I don't have the statistics, but I'm willing to bet the Beatles made mor...
by CorruptUser
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9976

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

This seems like nonsense to me. If "health care is a human right," then obviously the right is to the kinds of health care that have been invented. Think about it this way: you have the right to a fair trial. Just because fair trials hadn't been invented in Roman times doesn't mean that i...
by CorruptUser
Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9976

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

Ayn Rand much? Anyway, I'm not against socialized medicine entirely. I don't think that hospitals should be allowed to turn a critically injured person away, as the ability to turn people down means that they would first check for ability before rendering services, wasting valuable time treating the...
by CorruptUser
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9976

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

I'm gonna call a whole lot of [Citation Needed] and just generally "Bullshit" on a lot of that. Bring some facts to the table you can back up. Right now you are just running your mouth. Them is flaming words. Anyway, First of all, the one drug LISTED in that example was generic. Others ma...
by CorruptUser
Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drafting in the US and Women
Replies: 56
Views: 6680

Re: Drafting in the US and Women

I think a lot of people here are missing the essential difference between men and women; the ability to have children. One woman can only have one child at a time, though one man can father many children, so you don't really need a 1:1 ratio, though it is very advantageous to have as many women as ...
by CorruptUser
Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9976

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

Alright, I should amend it, the US pays 20 times the price that the third world pays, not Europe. I'm trying to find the citation; I just remember seeing that AIDS medication (in the 90s) was an average of $10,000 a year in the US and $500 for the same drugs in South America. I should have caught th...
by CorruptUser
Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drafting in the US and Women
Replies: 56
Views: 6680

Re: Drafting in the US and Women

I think a lot of people here are missing the essential difference between men and women; the ability to have children. One woman can only have one child at a time, though one man can father many children, so you don't really need a 1:1 ratio, though it is very advantageous to have as many women as ...
by CorruptUser
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9976

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

The thing is, I am guessing the OP is also against all the restrictions the US currently has that impose on people choices to their bodies. I can't see the US, relaxing on smoking bans, drug laws, dietary restrictions, helmet laws, or seat belt laws the more socialized our health care becomes. Gran...
by CorruptUser
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9976

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

so they make their profit almost entirely from the US. The US pays twenty times the rate Europe pays for (nongeneric) drugs. It isn't fair, but the US market is the real reason that new drugs are developed. If the US goes socialized, the gravy train ends for the pharmecuticals, but so does the rese...
by CorruptUser
Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9976

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

The main problem I have with socialized medicine is the lack of research; a drug may cost tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars to bring to market, so it better turn a profit once it does. Drug companies make little profit from the EU, as the governments refuse to pay more than a pittance, so ...
by CorruptUser
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Female circumcision victims seek out Colo. doctor
Replies: 60
Views: 5664

Re: Female circumcision victims seek out Colo. doctor

"Sex-change capitol of the world"? I'm quite sure Tehran has the most sex-changes (the punishment for homosexuality in Iran is sex-change or death), followed by Bangkok. Maybe the sex change capitol of the US, but not the world.
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer
Replies: 27
Views: 2555

Re: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer

Because all the other industrialized nations signed it, meaning that the polluting jobs from Europe and Canada went there. Since the US economy is tied to Europe and Canada, that affects the US too.
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer
Replies: 27
Views: 2555

Re: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer

China signed Kyoto ; the US is the only country that openly declared it wouldn't sign. China and India are not bound by the pollution controls of Kyoto, which is the main (given) reason the US has refused to sign it; we know it just means moderately polluting jobs go over to China (and become high-...
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsible use of hard drugs?
Replies: 37
Views: 4292

Re: Responsible use of hard drugs?

Does alcohol-related assault count as drug-related crime? If so, then yes, drugs lead to crime.

Maybe not organized smuggling or the theft to support a habit, but crime nonetheless.
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsible use of hard drugs?
Replies: 37
Views: 4292

Re: Responsible use of hard drugs?

In the current US system, hospitals are not allowed to turn someone away from the emergency room if they are not stable. So if a drug-addict is having a siezure, the emergency room must admit and treat him until he/she is stable enough to be released from the hospital. In other words, even without t...
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsible use of hard drugs?
Replies: 37
Views: 4292

Re: Responsible use of hard drugs?

On the other hand, if we legalize and over-saturate the market with deadly drugs like Methamphetemine and Heroin, the problem is self-solving. Call me heartless, but I really don't lose sleep worrying for junkies. Maybe worrying for the crime junkies commit, or the diseases they spread, and so forth...
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why does unemployment exist now?
Replies: 40
Views: 5937

Re: Why does unemployment exist now?

As for the question about automation replacing workers, what we should focus on is producing more luxury items. For example, do BMWs, Ferraris, Mustangs, etc, really cost more (raw materials) to manufacture than a Corolla? The main cost is R&D, which is human labor; with fewer Ferraris sold, the...
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why does unemployment exist now?
Replies: 40
Views: 5937

Re: Why does unemployment exist now?

The Efficiency Wage, the wage that produces the most labor per dollar spent, is always higher than the Equillibrium Wage, the wage where supply and demand meet; at equillibrium, people are indifferent as to whether or not they are are employed. The Efficiency Wage is the wage that maximizes profit f...
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: P≠NP
Replies: 69
Views: 9795

Re: P≠NP

I think I'd be more worried about P = NP leading to sentient computers, given tasks of optimizing production, that decide that fleshy humans are too inefficient and must be 'recycled' for the optimal use of proteins. If push comes to shove, we can always disconnect the computers with sensitive infor...
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0777: "Pore Strips"
Replies: 71
Views: 20749

Re: "Pore Strips" discussion (#777)

lol My roommate uses these like every day and on occasion when I'm bored I'll try one just because I'm fascinated by the results... I like to hold my skull and pretend I'm Shakespeare. I was always convinced that that scene from Hamlet, was proof that Hamlet was completely insane and most of the pe...
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: P≠NP
Replies: 69
Views: 9795

Re: P≠NP

Wait, if P ≠ NP, that means solvable problems may take an exponentially long time to, err, solve, but P = NP means that problems can be quickly solved, leading to solutions to the travelling salesman type problem, and more importantly, the "which combination of atoms and molecules creates an en...
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer
Replies: 27
Views: 2555

Re: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer

EDIT: Nevermind, looked it up, coal to run out by 2065, a few years after the 2050 end of oil.

Might be worse if coal liquification (synthetic oil made from coal) is perfected.
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: P≠NP
Replies: 69
Views: 9795

Re: P≠NP

If true, [angry_sobbing]why?[/angry_sobbing]
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer
Replies: 27
Views: 2555

Re: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer

Not to mention that coal dust, if it finds its way to the arctic/antarctic, is FAR more destructive than any of the CO2 produced. (The dust absorbs sunlight, as opposed to ice/snow reflecting it, causing the ice to melt) Also, if a country keeps its population lower, is it allowed to pollute more? I...
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer
Replies: 27
Views: 2555

Re: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer

They overtook the US as biggest polluter a few years ago.

I guess the Kyoto Protocol, aka "send all our high pollution industries to China and India, and add in extra fuel use for shipping 10,000 miles, instead of you know, developing cleaner methods of production", is working.
by CorruptUser
Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0777: "Pore Strips"
Replies: 71
Views: 20749

Re: "Pore Strips" discussion (#777)

Halrandir wrote:Wait, stick figures have a skeletal structure?!


And genitalia.
by CorruptUser
Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marriage Rights
Replies: 57
Views: 6621

Re: Marriage Rights

I know I'm going to get a lot of flak for this... The marriage license is NOT about "love"; the license is about protecting CHILDREN. Inheritance laws, divorce courts, etc, are NOT there to directly protect the spouses; they exist for the children. Even if you go back to the "Judeo-Ch...
by CorruptUser
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Food crisis in Niger
Replies: 78
Views: 5762

Re: Food crisis in Niger

What does development in scientific fields require (remember Civ?)! Money! If your scientists are trying to figure out how to feed their families and get state of the art equipment, I don't think they'll do a good job of actually researching. So, if they just build some banks really fast they shoul...
by CorruptUser
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Food crisis in Niger
Replies: 78
Views: 5762

Re: Food crisis in Niger

I didn't say that the Chinese scientists are at the level of 'The West' yet, just that they are improving, and that this improvement will (hopefully) translate to much faster scientific breakthroughs and benefits the world over, not just in China. As a bonus, the Chinese will finally respect copyrig...
by CorruptUser
Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Food crisis in Niger
Replies: 78
Views: 5762

Re: Food crisis in Niger

Don't you mean, "that subjugated a huge number of ethnic groups"? I mean, that's really not unity, that's hegemony. The Normans conquering the Anglo-Saxons? Hegemony. The English dominating the Welsh, Cornish, Scottish, and Irish? Hegemony. Unity involves holding hands or something. Even ...
by CorruptUser
Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Food crisis in Niger
Replies: 78
Views: 5762

Re: Food crisis in Niger

Actually, Eurasia has a better history of unity than Africa; the Romans and the Mongols created super-empires made up of a huge number of different ethnic groups. India is about half the size with twice the population and same diversity as Europe and has been relatively united for millenia. China to...
by CorruptUser
Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!
Replies: 44
Views: 2904

Re: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!

We should adopt Milton Friedman's Negative Income Tax proposal; flat tax, guaranteed minimum income. The basic idea is that there is no 'welfare trap' (it is always more profitable to work more), and it works like this; everyone gets, say, $15,000 a year in welfare, regardless of income. Every dolla...

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