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by LaserGuy
Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

Arguments about Iran's intentions aside (since this seems to just be going in circles), what's the plan of action? I'm hearing a lot about how horrible an Iranian nuke would be but nothing about what should be done about it. Well, I think the unique problem with Iran is that they can more or less a...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

Veering closer back to topic: Russia appears to be in the process of brokering a deal with Iran to clear up concerns regarding its nuclear program, in exchange for the gradual removal of Security Council sanctions against Iran. [edit]@sourmilk. From the same article you quoted: Israeli military and ...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

yedidyak wrote:Israel has never stated anything about their nuclear weapons.


But they did mobilize their nuclear arsenal during the Yom Kippur War.
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pyschologist Accused of Fraud
Replies: 10
Views: 1839

Re: Pyschologist Accused of Fraud

The psychologist has apparently voluntarily given up his doctorate.
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

And Israel and the United States have been engaged in attacks against Iran for years. When two of the most aggressive nuclear-armed countries in the world are at constant war with you, it's not entirely surprising that Iran wants nuclear weapons. In other words, Israel and the United States are act...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

And Israel and the United States have been engaged in attacks against Iran for years. When two of the most aggressive nuclear-armed countries in the world are at constant war with you, it's not entirely surprising that Iran wants nuclear weapons. In other words, Israel and the United States are act...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

And LaserGuy, to my knowledge, "clandestine military operations" do not constitute "destroying entire cities and killing everybody inside." The US may be rattling a saber, but Iran is waving theirs around blind. Clandestine military operations is exactly the same as Iran is supp...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

And LaserGuy, to my knowledge, "clandestine military operations" do not constitute "destroying entire cities and killing everybody inside." The US may be rattling a saber, but Iran is waving theirs around blind. Clandestine military operations is exactly the same as Iran is supp...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can we make our own set of physics homework questions?
Replies: 14
Views: 2427

Re: Can we make our own set of physics homework questions?

I think these sorts of problems are out there. A lot of physics profs/teachers put problems like these into their personal problem sets, whereas textbook problems tend to be of the lame/boring variety. Off the top of my head... In my 12th grade physics course, our last assignment was only one proble...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

yedidyak wrote:There's a difference between a semi-satirical statement by a loser of a presidential campaign, and a repeated call by a president.


I think you're forgetting about this guy. The one who, as you may be aware, had ordered clandestine military operations against Iran.
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?
Replies: 106
Views: 13915

Re: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?

More directly on topic, a lot of the assertions about "what would happen" seem awfully naieve except perhaps outside of cities. Noone seems to have stats on contraception use, or has offered up any explaination for why the unavailability of abortion would not cause more people to resort t...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Recovering from an apocalypse...
Replies: 41
Views: 7471

Re: Recovering from an apocalypse...

Well, for the population to get back to any sort of scale comparable to ours, it would take hundreds, probably thousands of years. I read somewhere that the middle east did not recover its 1300 AD population levels until the 1800, thanks to Genghis Khan. And I don't think women would necessarily be...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

Well, there is a precedent for something like this happening, fairly recently in fact. No, there isn't. With Iraq, there was no evidence that they had nuclear weapons (except that aluminium tubes were found that could be used in nuclear reactors), whereas in Iran we have tons of evidence (e.g. what...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 19105

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

It wouldn't surprise me if they're trying to build a nuclear bomb. But it also wouldn't surprise me if the government of the USA set them up. You think the US planted atomic detonator switches, somehow made it look like Iran was running nuclear explosion tests, forced Iran to develop nuclear missil...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 46151

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

Praise the Flying Spaghetti Monster!
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 487882

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

People have the right to be governed by a government that represents their interests and values and is responsive to their needs. I don't necessarily agree that losing an election can trigger a secession: losing an election could catalyze a referendum for secession, for example, and it would be on ...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Invading Mexico
Replies: 54
Views: 6258

Re: Invading Mexico

So it's better that Alabama farmers go out of business than to allow Mexicans to do work in the United States? If they aren't competitive, yes, it's better to let the farms go out of business. That's how free markets are supposed to work. The current system ends up socializing a huge amount of the ...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 487882

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

If I was wrong, explain how. Tell me how the term "self-determination" applies to a definition of nation as ethnicity. People have the right to be governed by a government that represents their interests and values and is responsive to their needs. I don't necessarily agree that losing an...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Invading Mexico
Replies: 54
Views: 6258

Re: Invading Mexico

Basically, Alabaman unemployed workers are not willing (or able) to work for 10$ an hour in that job environment at the level of productivity required. Again, that would suggest that the problem is that the employers aren't paying enough for that level of work. If the employer can't make a profit p...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Recovering from an apocalypse...
Replies: 41
Views: 7471

Re: Recovering from an apocalypse...

This would make sense on several fronts, first you would get more labor in just a few short years, and two, you would be repopulating the world. We're probably talking just a few generations to get back to the billion person mark, and in that time grandparents would still remember the world before....
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Invading Mexico
Replies: 54
Views: 6258

Re: Invading Mexico

...Except there are lots of workers willing to do the work, they just happen to be in another area and the legal system won't let them work. This is what I'm getting at. The fertile land and technology is here , the willing labor is there and there's an artificial barrier (i.e. non-economic) betwee...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 207787

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

How much injury to how many people does it take to count as "major", in your mind? Because there have been accounts in this very thread of police brutality in multiple cities. Maybe not all as widespread all at once as opd, and maybe not even all specifically at these protests. I'm not su...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 487882

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

yoni45 wrote:Sourmilk may as well be a case study in flawed reasoning.


I think the evidence suggests pretty strongly that sourmilk is a bot, and that we're all in the process of epically failing the Turing Test.
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?
Replies: 106
Views: 13915

Re: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?

Not saying abortion is inherently wrong, or that coma patients should receive unlimited funds/support, I just argue my (if I was female) right to bodily autonomy trumps someone else's right to life, rather than the argument that a fetus doesn't have a right to life. My point is that the fetus isn't...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?
Replies: 106
Views: 13915

Re: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?

I don't think that was implied by what he said, even if it is a fact. There is a lot of empirical evidence that the vast majority of the brain isn't developed until after the first year, but I never heard anyone argue that newborn babies should be killed. I have actually heard people suggest that t...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 207787

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I'm trying pretty hard to not get snarky with you here: I'm not suggesting that corruption doesn't exist in places aside from Oakland. If we're now talking about the entire American law enforcement agencies potentially corruption, then my statement on the matter is "They aren't perfect, but by...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Poll: greatest physicist ever
Replies: 47
Views: 10003

Re: Poll: greatest physicist ever

I'm going to throw John Bardeen in as one of the most underrated great physicists. He invented the freaking transistor, and, effectively, all of modern electronics (and winning a Nobel). In his spare time, he also helped develop the BCS theory, the fundamental description of superconductivity, givi...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 46151

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

Diadem wrote:How relevant is all this?

I thought it was pretty much a given that SCOTUS is going to throw out this amendment anyway?


I don't know. How long does it take for these things to percolate through the court system? What are the consequences in the interim?
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?
Replies: 106
Views: 13915

Re: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?

the fundamental application of the right of the individual to total control over one's body. What would you say to the idea that abortion is not exerting control over one's own body, but your child's body? I contend that the right to control over one's own body applies not to abortion, but to sex. ...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14772
Views: 2219085

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

White House officially denies extraterrestrial contact.
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Poll: greatest physicist ever
Replies: 47
Views: 10003

Re: Poll: greatest physicist ever

I'm going to throw John Bardeen in as one of the most underrated great physicists. He invented the freaking transistor, and, effectively, all of modern electronics (and winning a Nobel). In his spare time, he also helped develop the BCS theory, the fundamental description of superconductivity, givin...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 46151

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

Raising this thread back from the dead. The Mississippi Personhood Amendment heads to the polls tomorrow. According to this , it looks like it is going to be very tight--it's polling about 45% support, 44% oppose. This could easily pass. The Huffingtonpost article (first link) notes that the Constit...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 487882

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

If we're using that definition of self-determination, my point is made for me. Being in a country whose politics you are not a fan of does not deny you the right to determine your political status, nor to pursue your economic, social, and cultural development. The right to secession is, in no way, ...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 487882

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

sourmìlk wrote:By that logic, the North should have let the south secede.


That's actually a very, very interesting question. I'm almost tempted to make a new thread discussing whether or not this would have been a good idea.
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps
Replies: 82
Views: 9321

Re: On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps

They reported a decline in equity, which is how I got this information. They don't call it a loss (in terms of the P&L, it's called a loss on the Changes in Equity statement) because the purpose of financial statements is to provide relevant information to investors and shareholders. As a share...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 487882

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

You just need the person with the finger on the button (and maybe a few around him) to have the mindset of a suicide bomber. As to a nuclear strike on Israel. The vast majority of Israel's population and infrastructure is all based in the coastal plain around Tel Aviv. Its a ridiculously small area...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Invading Mexico
Replies: 54
Views: 6258

Re: Invading Mexico

Right now there's a fairly large backlash in Alabama over their recent immigration laws reducing the labor pool to the point where crops are rotting in fields. While 'rely' may be strong, it's not entirely a stretch. Unemployment rate in Alabama is presently ~10% at the moment. I can't imagine the ...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 487882

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Anyways, the reason why Iran wants to destroy Israel and why they're currently trying to do so doesn't actually matter. If their goal is to destroy Israel, and if they've provided no means of being dissuaded from it, then nobody need concern themselves with why Iran is attempting the destruction of...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Invading Mexico
Replies: 54
Views: 6258

Re: Invading Mexico

[quote="Azrael"Right now there's a fairly large backlash in Alabama over their recent immigration laws reducing the labor pool to the point where crops are rotting in fields. While 'rely' may be strong, it's not entirely a stretch.[/quote] Unemployment rate in Alabama is presently ~10% at ...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution
Replies: 39
Views: 7580

Re: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution

I normally take "decriminalize" to mean "You won't get charged for possession if you have it, but you still can't actually purchase it legally." Which, IMHO, isn't really an improvement, since one of the main benefits to legalization is to remove the black market suppliers.

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