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by Choboman
Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323945

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

Giving out free first 'hits' of crack can be a trap because customer become quickly addicted and are then subjects to extreme markups once they can't say no. One of the more insidious traps I've heard of is giving new mothers a free one-month supply of breast milk formula, knowing that after about a...
by Choboman
Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323945

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

oh. The money spent on selling the 'Walled Garden' could have put the whole Wild, Wild West of the Internet into many, many hands. I like Walled Gardens so much it is difficult for me when such a nice name is given to a Dark Capitalist Nightmare I don't understand. Why are people surprised when a f...
by Choboman
Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 29878

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

If the original premise is 'fighting evil usually just creates more evil', then what lesson is to be taken from it? If I see a man beating his wife, I should just walk away instead of intervening? When the US saw Hutus killing hundreds of thousands of Tutsis, they did nothing - the above adage would...
by Choboman
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Arbitration Stacks Justice to Corporations
Replies: 34
Views: 9539

Re: How Arbitration Stacks Justice to Corporations

Making the loser pay legal fees would backfire on any individual trying to sue a corporation, and scare off any potential litigants. Odds are he'll lose, and he'll end up getting stuck with the $2M legal bill the corp paid to fill their side of the courtroom with lawyers.
by Choboman
Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4124
Views: 549650

Re: The Darker Side of the News

In this case a catering company not catering to same-sex couples (or ultra religious couples) strikes a bit close to a diner not serving blacks in the Jim Crow south for my tastes. Your mileage may vary... You might feel that they're the same from a moral perspective (and I'd tend to agree), but fr...
by Choboman
Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chelsea Manning to recieve Hormone Therapy
Replies: 37
Views: 6551

Re: Chelsea Manning to recieve Hormone Therapy

Medical care is not a necessary/frivolous binary value, but more along the lines of a sliding scale, and the government health care refuses to give treatments all the time that are arguably necessary, but as urgent/important as their other priorities. We're talking about a system that regularly refu...
by Choboman
Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 65868

Re: 1431: Marriage

It's my understanding (someone more knowledgable please correct me if wrong) that Mexico requires all married couples to be married by the state in a civil union. If they choose to then get married in a church as well it's their business, but has nothing to do with their legal status or any of the b...
by Choboman
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Burned, Buried or Dumped?
Replies: 84
Views: 19760

Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

When I originally had this conversation with wife I told her I wanted to be eaten by lions. Since that would be expensive, hard to arrange/enforce, and bad for the animals, I'll probably just go with organ donation and cremation. I was going to go the 'donate to science' route, but the wife wants a ...
by Choboman
Wed May 07, 2014 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323945

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

If I suddenly discover that a stranger has broken into my house in the middle of the night, I'm obviously going to be stressed. I'm not psychic - I can't know what's going through their mind. >80% they're just here to steal stuff and slip away unseen. Maybe a 10% chance he's just drunk/confused/lost...
by Choboman
Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What did you get for christmas?
Replies: 27
Views: 7346

Re: What did you get for christmas?

A Fitbit, so I can feel bad about how much exercise I'm [not] getting. I like it.
by Choboman
Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343532

Re: Gun Control

These views are not exclusive, and if both are true, would indicate the presence of a self-perpetuating cycle. However, there is the issue that schools do not uniformly ban guns, and thus, we have a pretty good control group in this case. Yet, schools that allow guns do not seem to have a problem w...
by Choboman
Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism in cultures other than your own
Replies: 97
Views: 21548

Re: Racism in cultures other than your own

Like all slurs it's not about the intent but the history and associated meanings. "Jap" and "Nip" have a history of being used hatefully, and will be seen as such by others, most poignantly by someone who is Japanese. "Brit" has never had a negative connotation. Callin...
by Choboman
Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343532

Re: Gun Control

Overall, probably. However, I observe that mass shooting almost invariably take place in areas where firearms are forbidden. The robber may not suddenly desire to murder because guns are banned, but people who desire carnage appear to select targets based on a perception of vulnerability. Fortunate...
by Choboman
Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism in cultures other than your own
Replies: 97
Views: 21548

Re: Racism in cultures other than your own

This is probably a dumb question, but I'm interested in hearing if there's any concensus. When are abbreviations or simplifications of national or ethnic groups considered racist and when are then not? Brit's doesn't appear to offend people (that I know of), but most others are troublesome. We can't...
by Choboman
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post Your Pets
Replies: 70
Views: 28745

Re: Post Your Pets

Loki: 14-month old neurotic white german shepherd.
by Choboman
Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323945

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

Technically all rocks originated in space. No. While your argument is strong, I must still disagree. Well, it depends if the property of 'rock' applies to its raw constituents — if it can, then yes, all rocks originate in space. If not, then rocks are routinely made and destroyed on terrestrial bod...
by Choboman
Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2493123

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

It seems like the original comment that started this whole shit storm was intented to reassure that pretty much everyone feels overwhelmed, under-qualified, and generally out of their depth, unless they're in a job that they percieve themselves to be over-qualified for (which has its own frustration...
by Choboman
Wed Jul 31, 2013 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323945

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

Apologies are a natural part of etiquette. If I do something bad to you, it's natural for you to distrust me and suspect I might do it again. If you're paranoid, you might easily extend that distrust to everyone you identify as 'like me' because if we share other characteristics we may well share th...
by Choboman
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lowering The Age of Consent: Discussion
Replies: 150
Views: 50036

Re: Lowering The Age of Consent: Discussion

I do however have a mentally disabled son and have had to do the heavy lifting on deciding if sex was going to be in his repertoire. It turned out that it wasn't. And that was sad. I'm sorry that you and your son have such heavy challenges to deal with. I can't imagine how difficult that must be, a...
by Choboman
Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Company Using Sex Offender Registries For Extortion
Replies: 43
Views: 14064

Re: Company Using Sex Offender Registries For Extortion

I'm a bit confused about sex offender recidivism. Annecdotally I've heard that sex offenders have a much higher likelihood to re-offend than other categories of criminals, but now that I'm looking up actual studies the data seems to be pretty inconclusive. What I've seen so far seems to indicate tha...
by Choboman
Fri May 17, 2013 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman Sues NBA player For Alleged Rape (Trigger Warning)
Replies: 106
Views: 19551

Re: Woman Sues NBA player For Alleged Rape (Trigger Warning)

Whether or not she took it of her own volition, she would not have been competent to consent. I didn't realize that GHB was something people used recreationally - I thought that [outside of the intended medical uses] it was only a predator's tool. That said, if you're willing to entertain the possi...
by Choboman
Fri May 17, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman Sues NBA player For Alleged Rape (Trigger Warning)
Replies: 106
Views: 19551

Re: Woman Sues NBA player For Alleged Rape (Trigger Warning)

I read several articles on the case and am a bit confused by some of the phrasing. One of the articles said that she tested positive for GHB, but most of them just indicated that she claims that she tested positive for GHB. Some of the articles seemed to parse out the phrasing in a way that made it ...
by Choboman
Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Breaking up Sex Offenders With Tiny Parks
Replies: 30
Views: 4233

Re: Breaking up Sex Offenders With Tiny Parks

I suspect that there are similar concerns about sexual compulsive behavior as there are with drug addiction. Many Americans worry about marijuana because they see it as a 'gateway' drug, and that heavy users of marijuana may move on to progressively harder substances as the intensity of the experien...
by Choboman
Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323945

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

Republican NC lawmaker: Women should 'duct tape' nipples to stay out of jail ... The state House Judiciary Committee C approved House Bill 34, which makes it a Class H felony to purposefully expose "private parts" for the "purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire." The bi...
by Choboman
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323945

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

Americans generally see Africa as a single entity and the stereotypical differences between African states are harder to distinguish off hand than say between an Irishman or a Scot. It would be hard to have someone correct that they were a Mozambiquan-American rather than a Zambian-American. People...
by Choboman
Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.
Replies: 45
Views: 4511

Re: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.

Part of the problem with current Army perceptions is that we don't enforce the same physical standards on female soldiers as we do with males. If I'm a 19 year old, and I can only do 40 pushups in 2 minutes how'd I do? Well if I'm male I just failed, but if I'm female I came close to maxing the test...
by Choboman
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343532

Re: Gun Control

I apologize if this was already covered, but I'd like to hear people's perspective on the some of the various proposed bans. FWIW, I support sensable gun control measures, but have concerns about some of these bans because they seem to be based on emotional (instead of rational) arguments. When I wa...
by Choboman
Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German determined to be victim of Extraordinary Rendition
Replies: 15
Views: 3721

Re: German determined to be victim of Extraordinary Renditio

Nobody in the US will be convicted for this. The US will continue to deny involvement, and doesn't recognize the European Court's authority over US citizens or agencies, so there's not much else the Court can do. The best you can hope for is that the publicity will push public opinion and make futur...
by Choboman
Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323945

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

Guess it all depends on how you define aboriginal. While I tend to be against these kinds of arbitrary classifications no matter how you slice them, the old 'one drop rules' (i.e. on drop of x in your blood means that you're x) never struck me as particularly valid.
by Choboman
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto
Replies: 646
Views: 78703

Re: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto

If someone says that Queen Elizabeth II is a lizard, we don't say "eh, they disagree with the mainstream accepted view that the English Monarch is not a lizard" we say they are denying reality. The idea that women chose incredibly shitty treatment for millennia is right up there with Liz ...
by Choboman
Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mental Help
Replies: 7
Views: 1363

Re: Mental Help

Since no one else has mentioned it... How are you sleeping? I've personally found that my mental agility is impacted a lot by how well rested I am. And ironically, when I'm sleeping poorly and mentally fuzzy I don't seem to realize that I'm operating at less than 100%. It's not until I start sleepin...
by Choboman
Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323945

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

I'm a little confused. Having his sperm is meaningless unless they also have a woman willing to donate ova for fertilization and carry the result to term. Why would any woman volunteer for this? Will they use the kid's mom? That escalates the creepiness factor by another order of magnatude.
by Choboman
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 29781

Re: Graduated tax.

In the US, the progressive and regressive taxes balance one another out so that total taxes are still moderately progressive. Here's a chart showing combined taxes (sales, property, income, inheritance, payroll, etc): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Total_Effective_Tax_Rates_2011.jpg We can argue ...
by Choboman
Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 29781

Re: Graduated tax.

Agreed that there's nothing intrinsically wrong with renting, but in many cases home ownership does confer many benefits, both to the individual and [theoretically at least] to the community as well. On an individual level, owning generally only costs a moderate amount more than renting, and allows ...
by Choboman
Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 29781

Re: Graduated tax.

Many of the people on the forum seem to have strong opinions about individual rules/deductions in the tax code, like the Mortgage Interest Deduction or the Capital Gains Tax Rate. It seems like most of the examples that people argue about were put in place not to be fair per se, but to influence beh...
by Choboman
Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism as a civil rights movement
Replies: 570
Views: 49242

Re: Atheism as a civil rights movement

Except this one, because its actually incredibly offensive. And if they are not social causes what are they? Petitioning to deny or continue the denial of civil liberties to subsections of society cannot be described as a social cause . I can only hope that this is some crazy miscommunication and h...
by Choboman
Wed Oct 10, 2012 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism as a civil rights movement
Replies: 570
Views: 49242

Re: Atheism as a civil rights movement

This whole thread has devolved into repetious "yes it is - no it's not - Yes, it IS - No, it's NOT" diatribe. Can't we just move on? On the one hand, something as complicated as church affiliation has many facets. I can attend church for social connections, or because I find the process fa...
by Choboman
Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 29781

Re: Graduated tax.

[...]and hey, payroll for these ranks of people is only a ridiculously tiny fraction of defense spending in the first place. Payroll accounts for 23% of the military budget, and the majority of that is going to the lowest four ranks of enlisted soldiers. Yes, they get paid significantly less than t...
by Choboman
Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?
Replies: 14
Views: 13418

Re: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?

Been stalled out around 204 for months now, but just started going to a gym (LA Boxing) so I'm hoping the extra workouts will have a positive effect. Place really doesn't do much boxing per se, just lots of aerobics with boxing or kickboxing motifs and heavy bags. Still, it's more fun than a regular...
by Choboman
Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Some Guy Thinks Some Stuff About Politics
Replies: 88
Views: 15400

Re: Some Guy Thinks Some Stuff About Politics

While social issues are important, and should be part of everyone's criteria for picking their appropriate candidate, I don't see why it's *impossible* to talk about economic theory without bringing them up. Just because the original poster wanted to talk about money instead of bibles doesn't mean t...

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