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by zmatt
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 19877

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

And this is what I am talking about. It's been over a week since I read the article, and I missed that bit the first time. I'm going to ask that you dont call me a bigot. Okay, bigot. You have a right to ask that. Unfortunately, there's no court order requiring that I don't have to ...
by zmatt
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 19877

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

Doesn't matter whether you meant to be offensive, or were just accidentally offensive due to your utter ignorance about this topic (meaning both trans issues in general and this actual forum topic in particular, which you evidently hadn't bothered to read before mouthing off). You were horrendously...
by zmatt
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 19877

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

Did you miss the part where government employees are now legally required to refer to her in the feminine because of a court order? I actually did miss that. Well I guess that settles it. Edit: members of this forum have also asked (and an admin has outright instructed) you to use the pronoun reque...
by zmatt
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 19877

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

i classify gender based on the parts you have not by what you "feel" like. How about people born with both, or neither? (Ignoring for a second the fact that you're being a complete ass when you pick just one gender-correlated thing and decide based on that what another person's gender is....
by zmatt
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.
Replies: 197
Views: 23009

Re: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.

He snickers because Duke, at it's heart has always been a PC franchise and is best on the pc.
by zmatt
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: general fitness advice
Replies: 22
Views: 3764

Re: general fitness advice

ok guys I started my new workout regime with a buddy yesterday. it's pretty simple stuff, mostly free weights and cardio that doesn't require much in the way of machines. Yesterday I did arms and back along with a 3 mile bike ride. Today I'm doing chest and abs. I'm a little sore but not nearly as b...
by zmatt
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 61081

Re: The Light Saber problem

This is, I think the best we can do given our current technology and understanding. http://www.planetzebes.net/oyw/profiles/ms-09-heatsaber.jpg Pictured is a "heat saber", used in the gundam series. basically for those who aren't in to mecha, the antagonists couldn't figure out beam sabers...
by zmatt
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 19877

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

While I see no problem with a person having gender reassignment surgery and that is their right, I also think that being a prisoner you forgo many rights and that it isn't that state's job to make you "feel good" about yourself. The person isn't a danger to other inmates and this conditio...
by zmatt
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Genetically engineered pew pew
Replies: 18
Views: 2918

Re: Genetically engineered pew pew

Kaaaaaaaaaaaaa Meeeeeeeeeeeeh Haaaaaaaaaaa Meeeeeeeeeeeh Ha!



...someone had to do it.
by zmatt
Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.
Replies: 197
Views: 23009

Re: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.

played a bit of it last night. The game is absurd in a good way. The graphics are bleh but it's unreal 3 so yeah. The gameplay is entertaining and so is the story and acting. It's not gonna win any awards for depth of the story or how moving the characters are but during the whole game I had the tea...
by zmatt
Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 28398

Re: Lulzsec

IMO groups like this are the first of a new breed of activists. It seems that nowadays the best way to get a message across is through hacktivism. If you look at how corporate most of the media is, they can pick and chose how to report on things and with the excuse of national security the governmen...
by zmatt
Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 39738

Re: Polygamy

The government shouldn't be involve din such things. As long as everyone is in agreement and are capable of making the decisions (read: adults and/or not incapacitated), I see no problem. As for the church meddling, I don't let them tell me what to do. And i find the notion of legislating arbitrary ...
by zmatt
Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 25139

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

I would let Jobs die, but then again i hate Apple and everything it stands for, so i am less than impartial. I think it was summed up nicely earlier, healthcare is a limited resource and one that changes over time with technology. You cannot guarantee it to everyone all the time at satisfactory leve...
by zmatt
Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 19877

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

While I see no problem with a person having gender reassignment surgery and that is their right, I also think that being a prisoner you forgo many rights and that it isn't that state's job to make you "feel good" about yourself. The person isn't a danger to other inmates and this condition...
by zmatt
Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bob Gates: Europe not living up to its military obligations
Replies: 40
Views: 2959

Re: Bob Gates: Europe not living up to its military obligati

The obvious irony is that many see us Americans as war mongers, but whenever a coalition has to go in we have to be the ones to take the lead and do the vast majority of fighting.
by zmatt
Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany to Decommission All Nuclear Power Plants
Replies: 132
Views: 10246

Re: Germany to Decommission All Nuclear Power Plants

Kevin Kamps of the advocacy group Beyond Nuclear, takes issue with that assumption. "EPA's statement tries to downplay the harm its proposed 100 millirems per year radiation doses at Yucca would cause by stating that we currently average 360 millirems per year of exposure from natural and ...
by zmatt
Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Forza 4
Replies: 6
Views: 1654

Forza 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BTo-Wzdong&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaEosZ_dld4&feature=player_embedded Dunno about the kinect support. I mean, it was bound to happen, and the head tracking looks practical, the rest seems silly though. What I am more excited abo...
by zmatt
Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is this evidence that the Bible contains false statements?
Replies: 182
Views: 18039

Re: Is this evidence that the Bible contains false statement

I don't think there is any logic in religion. The moral code they profess may have it's advantages, but that is not because of the random fairy tales that they came up with, but in spite of them. We talk about Greek Mythology just as it is, mythology. We know the stories are absurd and made up, and ...
by zmatt
Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks: no bloodshed inside Tiananmen Square
Replies: 6
Views: 2253

Re: Wikileaks: no bloodshed inside Tiananmen Square

so what does this change? I fail to see how shooting people outside of the square is better than shooting them inside.
by zmatt
Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 12-year old boy charged with first degree murder
Replies: 85
Views: 7859

Re: 12-year old boy charged with first degree murder

I would just like to point out that the term "life sentence" means a minimum of 20 years with possibility of parole at an undetermined time after that. "Life without parole" is the term it's being confused with. Also, correction to the OP. The change has never been given to some...
by zmatt
Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists trap ephemeral antimatter for 16 minutes.
Replies: 23
Views: 2395

Re: Scientists trap ephemeral antimatter for 16 minutes.

And now I have images of "Anti-Water Balloons". That's a war crime. It's not a war crime, it's a child's toy! Like the 1950's Atomic Energy Lab Anti-Water Balloons are educational and fun for the whole family! Supplies are limited. Buy yours today before it's too late! wouldn't you need s...
by zmatt
Tue May 31, 2011 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rise in anti-Hookah legislation
Replies: 40
Views: 3442

Re: Rise in anti-Hookah legislation

Why do they care? I don't understand this war on tobacco. These are adults we are talking about. It's there prerogative to smoke hookah, or cigarettes or pipes or cigars or whatever. Anything beyond educating people who may think that it is safer is a violation of their rights. They enacted a smokin...
by zmatt
Tue May 31, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 14536

Re: Transhumanism

You guys know that mind uploading is only one part of transhumanism right? I'm thinking more along the lines of genetic modification to select desirable traits, or to have a genetic immunity to disease, cybernetic implants, and nano technology. Say for example 20 years from now you can have your chi...
by zmatt
Tue May 31, 2011 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 61081

Re: The Light Saber problem

Confining a plasma with magnetic fields, and building a large tension between the plasma and the handle could not work though. And one hundred years ago, heavier-than-air flying machines were never going to happen, and everything that could be invented already had been. Saying something cannot work...
by zmatt
Tue May 31, 2011 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 9633

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

I'll just leave this link here ... I think the biggest threat of GM foods is the idea that someone else controls your food supply via a copyright. Can you imagine, if you were an evil overlord and you worked at Monsanto, what kind of political leverage you would have over the U.S. government? They ...
by zmatt
Tue May 31, 2011 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 9633

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

The only thing to worry about with GM crops are terminator genes; added to prevent the crops from going to seed. Monsanto claims it's to prevent crossbreeding with wild crops in case something goes wrong, the fact that such a gene means that farmers will always have to buy the seeds from Monsanto i...
by zmatt
Tue May 31, 2011 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany to Decommission All Nuclear Power Plants
Replies: 132
Views: 10246

Re: Germany to Decommission All Nuclear Power Plants

So, today is the day that we get to call Germans and Germany stupid. Take that, Europompites. I personally don't really like this as approach to nuclear power. There are are very real risks involved, and our understanding of those risks will never be perfect. The people involved have to accept that...
by zmatt
Fri May 27, 2011 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 61081

Re: The Light Saber problem

There is a big difference between those two statements. When people said that heavier than air flight couldn't be done they didn't understand aerodynamics at all and even said this in the face of evidence of it working in nature (birds). We understand plasma quite well and as far as I know there is ...
by zmatt
Fri May 27, 2011 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme Court to California: Reduce Prison Population
Replies: 83
Views: 6481

Re: Supreme Court to California: Reduce Prison Population

Getting rid of the gangs is as simple as getting rid of their reason for existent. For less harmful drugs like pot, we should legalize and tax it. Cali could make a lot of money to pay off the deficit that way. For harder stuff like cocaine you should instead of throwing the book at them make them ...
by zmatt
Fri May 27, 2011 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux or Windows or Mac OS? Mac or PC? An Interested Convert
Replies: 43
Views: 14857

Re: Linux or Windows or Mac OS? Mac or PC? An Interested Con

My day job is IT and I have to recommend Dell for laptops. My favorite laptop make is Lenovo, but they tend to be pricey. Dells are not flashy and they wont really impress you, but what they will be is great value for money. They will last forever, and are very easy to work on. Also if you want to g...
by zmatt
Fri May 27, 2011 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.
Replies: 101
Views: 7974

Re: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.

I disagree, if you kick someone's door down like that then you should expect him to have a gun. He also didn't aim at them as had the safety on. They should have asked him to disarm as is their job. A cops job isn't to shoot people, it's to protect and serve. IMO the swat members are murderers. They...
by zmatt
Fri May 27, 2011 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Dubsteppin'
Replies: 98
Views: 45217

Re: Dubsteppin'

Well I came back from a car show that had a strong VW presence. They were wearing their hats the wrong way and blasting dub step. I'm going to assume this was the "good" kind. I didn't like it any more unless hearing lady gaga samples, random screams and wobble bass is cool. I think I dont...
by zmatt
Fri May 27, 2011 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 14536

Re: Transhumanism

The key mistake made by Transhumanists is the assumption that the "Transhuman" will still share purely human values - indeed, they seem generally to assume that the Ttranshuman will be specifically bound to the values of late twentieth-century western civilization. Yes. I would imagine th...
by zmatt
Fri May 27, 2011 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.
Replies: 101
Views: 7974

Re: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/05/27/ari ... tml?hpt=T1



he didn't fire on the cops. They walked in and shot him.
by zmatt
Thu May 26, 2011 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme Court to California: Reduce Prison Population
Replies: 83
Views: 6481

Re: Supreme Court to California: Reduce Prison Population

I'm a bit too cynical about improvements. Take out one gang, power vacuum causes gang warfare, other gangs become more powerful, everything goes to hell. Honestly, the only way to take out the gangs is to take out the money. Go after the drug users, but that just fills the prisons, where they becom...
by zmatt
Thu May 26, 2011 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: general fitness advice
Replies: 22
Views: 3764

Re: general fitness advice

great advice thanks. I'll start tracking the changes I make here to give an idea of the progress I am making.
by zmatt
Thu May 26, 2011 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Incorruptible Saints prove God exists - help debunking?
Replies: 28
Views: 6397

Re: Incorruptible Saints prove God exists - help debunking?

I was raised protestant but also told not to walk on graves.
by zmatt
Thu May 26, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13947
Views: 1882003

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

yeah it did. Freaking Europeans and their obnoxious "sleeping policemen".
by zmatt
Wed May 25, 2011 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 665
Views: 144445

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

alt text doesn't work. I got in a loop with Literary Fiction and Literary Merit.
by zmatt
Tue May 24, 2011 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old
Replies: 71
Views: 4914

Re: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old

ok that makes more sense. Posted out of context it seemed very different. The muslims have conquered new lands, and have given the polytheists(so not the jews and christians) 4 months to come to terms or leave the country. It basically says "leave them alone for 4 months, then fight them unless...

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