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by BeerBottle
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6172
Views: 461011

Re: Trump presidency

And if China's teetering and the economic record of the far right are any indication, I believe it. At least the downturn will probably hit when these wacos are in power, so they'll be the ones discredited by it. You know what? Let's be optimistic. Since 1910, the US economy has suffered a recessio...
by BeerBottle
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'
Replies: 29
Views: 7803

Re: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'

I mean, if you're going to need a passport for treatment in the NHS then looks like it is ID cards for all. The passport thing doesn't make the most sense anyway, as residency is more important than citizenship but I feel this hasn't really been thought through. The passport thing makes total sense...
by BeerBottle
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does eating food measurably affect body temperature?
Replies: 7
Views: 2848

Re: Does eating food measurably affect body temperature?

Many thanks all for the replies.

Yes good idea to test this out on myself - I will have a go!

p1t1o thanks for the detailed comments - it will be grea to bounce ideas off someone who has actually worked in clinical trials - I will think more about my idea and post back here / PM you
by BeerBottle
Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does eating food measurably affect body temperature?
Replies: 7
Views: 2848

Does eating food measurably affect body temperature?

So basically the title. Will a person's body temperature be different after they eat lunch? Can it be measured using cheap consumer thermometers (with maybe accuracy of 0.2 degree C)? I am trying to plan an activity for school kids to learn about clinical trials (which ironically I know nothing abou...
by BeerBottle
Mon May 16, 2016 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How do we know what electron orbitals look like?
Replies: 8
Views: 2848

Re: How do we know what electron orbitals look like?

The things in your spoiler are not true. If you go to grad school, you can do helium. Tremendous improvement! And then the physical chemists do some things with numbers instead of exact mathematical functions that seem to maybe be actually legit and interesting, but I wouldn't know anything about t...
by BeerBottle
Sun May 15, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How do we know what electron orbitals look like?
Replies: 8
Views: 2848

Re: How do we know what electron orbitals look like?

The pictures you typically see of orbitals in textbooks or online (a sphere for an s orbital, a kind of 3D figure of 8 for a p orbital etc) are representations of a mathematical function called the wavefunction. This is a 3D function that describes the wave-like properties of an electron. Where do t...
by BeerBottle
Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carpet Bombing
Replies: 113
Views: 28719

Re: Carpet Bombing

morriswalters wrote:You set civilians as a goal when you use drones, the Air Force, and artillery to fight a war.
Indeed, for example using white phosphorous artillery shells over heavily populated cities. Obvious what the outcome will be, and also obvious what the intent is.
by BeerBottle
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carpet Bombing
Replies: 113
Views: 28719

Re: Carpet Bombing

Destroy a group, even in part? Cmon. Cmon, can't I just exterminate a few of the Jews - that's not genocide, right? Seriously you are talking about a deliberate policy of exterminating a population. ISIS rule over a population of civilians. Not being fans of democracy, I doubt many of those subject...
by BeerBottle
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carpet Bombing
Replies: 113
Views: 28719

Re: Carpet Bombing

I mean, at a lower bar it would literally include 'destroying in part' by 'killing or serious harm', which would include esssentially every conflict ever. That's ludicrous. Well that is the UN definition. Sorry if you don't agree with it. But I disagree with your assertion - this does not cover eve...
by BeerBottle
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carpet Bombing
Replies: 113
Views: 28719

Re: Carpet Bombing

Just to be clear, the "tactic" you are talking about is genocide. No, it isn't. We carpet bombed the germans in WW2. And yet, it isn't referred to as genocide. Hell, we NUKED the japanese, and that wasn't a genocide either. Again, you can't just slap whatever negative labels on just becau...
by BeerBottle
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carpet Bombing
Replies: 113
Views: 28719

Re: Carpet Bombing

If you will read the context, it is utterly clear that I was responding to terrorism in general, and complained about shifting the goalposts from terrorism in general to Islamic Terrorism, as they are not the same. Don't understand this in the slightest. This thread is about carpet bombing ISIS is ...
by BeerBottle
Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carpet Bombing
Replies: 113
Views: 28719

Re: Carpet Bombing

ITT we cheerfully discuss the final solution to the muslim problem. This is a solution to taking out the core. It doesn't solve *everything*, but it does solve a lot. This is inaccurate. The US alone has had substantially more than this, both before and after 9/11. Oh look, back to your favourite to...
by BeerBottle
Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mass shooting: San Bernardino
Replies: 70
Views: 11621

Re: Mass shooting: San Bernardino

Hey Tyndmyr -- all my mucking around with statistics was in response to your comments further up: Because on a per capita basis, Muslims are far more likely to go on a mass murder spree and kill you, in the US. Note that muslim and white are not really comparable groups. I know you're straining for ...
by BeerBottle
Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mass shooting: San Bernardino
Replies: 70
Views: 11621

Re: Mass shooting: San Bernardino

The true number for these sorts of events is four. Cool, so by your criteria then, from the list on religionofpeace that means there have been 5 "real" terror attacks (i.e. killing 4 or more people) by muslims since 9/11 in the USA, killing 40 people in total. Don't know how that plugs in...
by BeerBottle
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mass shooting: San Bernardino
Replies: 70
Views: 11621

Re: Mass shooting: San Bernardino

actual acts of terrorism That's the problem - what is an actual act of terrorism? Buying a load of weapons, transporting them across the world, and using them to kill people to achieve political aims. Sounds like terrorism? Not when USA does it. And USA and its predecessors as "Great Powers&qu...
by BeerBottle
Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mass shooting: San Bernardino
Replies: 70
Views: 11621

Re: Mass shooting: San Bernardino

Again, depends on how you define terrorism. Sure, if terrorism is something "other people" do to "us", then you're right. But USA/UK et al have quite a track record of using violence to achieve political aims. For some reason that's not terrorism (not even state sponsored terrori...
by BeerBottle
Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mass shooting: San Bernardino
Replies: 70
Views: 11621

Re: Mass shooting: San Bernardino

Because on a per capita basis, Muslims are far more likely to go on a mass murder spree and kill you, in the US. Note that muslim and white are not really comparable groups. I know you're straining for the "raaaaacist" argument here, but it's frankly just a category error. This is true if...
by BeerBottle
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Statistics/Math: Dividing a population into two types
Replies: 2
Views: 1418

Re: Statistics/Math: Dividing a population into two types

Many thanks! That is exactly what I needed.
by BeerBottle
Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Statistics/Math: Dividing a population into two types
Replies: 2
Views: 1418

Statistics/Math: Dividing a population into two types

I think this is a really simple problem but I don't know the right terminology so I'm having trouble with google. I want to do this mathematically: I have a heap of fruit, an even mixture of apples and oranges, and I know the diameter of each fruit in my heap. I want to develop a method for my sorti...
by BeerBottle
Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 24123

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

No condemnation of that sort is necessary, just reform to create a type of Islam that doesn't generate violent radicals. A new Quran with more of a focus on the shared humanist values of the modern peaceful Muslims. Deconvolute the ideology and the battlefield so that people can talk about it witho...
by BeerBottle
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 24123

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

Basically that that whenever there's a major terrorist attack, the terrorists seem to go out of their way to target Jews. Not much of a point, really, just joking that all was right with the world since I was initially surprised they didn't blow up a Jewish temple or something. The terrorists seem ...
by BeerBottle
Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 24123

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

How many Jews live in Lebanon? That's a stupid example and you should feel stupid. You said terrorists almost always target Jews. I gave an example where terrorists attacked a city where not only did they not target Jews, but there are very few Jews anyway. To me that seems relevant. But I think th...
by BeerBottle
Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris
Replies: 136
Views: 24123

Re: Over 100 dead in shooting, bombing in Paris

Whenever there's a terrorist atttack with multiple targets, it almost always includes a Jewish one. Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery store. Mumbai and a Chabad. There's a reason every Jewish temple has police protection... Well we have to go back to one day before the Paris attack to find a count...
by BeerBottle
Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Refugees travelling to Europe
Replies: 139
Views: 20940

Re: Refugees travelling to Europe

Regarding the whole Alan Kurdi thing there's a new article on CBC regarding it: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/father-of-drowned-syrian-boy-alan-kurdi-blames-canada-for-death-of-wife-and-son-1.3223846 I'm somewhat torn here. I tend to lean towards the mindset of the ends can justify the means, depend...
by BeerBottle
Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Refugees travelling to Europe
Replies: 139
Views: 20940

Re: Refugees travelling to Europe

I think the significance of the Aylan Kurdi images is that they challenge the thought process that these people (i.e. the refugees) somehow deserve it, due to some moral failing on their part, and so "we" (europeans) don't need to help. Because if someone is in need, dire need, hardly anyo...
by BeerBottle
Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The worst contract in the world
Replies: 80
Views: 18402

The worst contract in the world

For anyone who has ever been stung by the small print in a contract - this may make you feel a bit better. In the 1990s French life insurance companies offered investment policies that allowed investors to buy and sell funds AT LAST WEEK'S PRICES . Yes that's right you can buy and sell at historical...
by BeerBottle
Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't agree with some protests in defense of Charlie Hebdo
Replies: 123
Views: 27684

Re: I don't agree with some protests in defense of Charlie H

Third, yes, we are superior. We have plenty of god-awful events in our past, sure, but we at least recognize those are wrong. Try not to repeat them. Our go-to example of crazy western christian sorts are the Westboro people. They make stupid noises and carry obnoxious signs to get attention. Crazy...
by BeerBottle
Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 32280

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

good come back
by BeerBottle
Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 32280

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

I mean, can any of their Muslim cartoons get as offensive as https://s3.amazonaws.com/media-p.slid.es/uploads/francetroisbretagne/images/965350/charlie-hebdo-une-14309_w1000.jpg ? These people mocked everything. I don't even trust those articles on the sacking of their employee considering said art...
by BeerBottle
Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 16435

90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

A senior citizen and a couple of clergymen in Florida face up to two months in jail for feeding the homeless. A group of volunteers with nonprofit charity Love Thy Neighbor in Broward County face up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail because they were feeding the homeless Sunday in Fort Lauderdale,...
by BeerBottle
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 33229

Re: Scottish Independence

The currency is a settled question. Sterling is a fully tradeable currency, so Westminster can't stop *anyone* from trading in it. It's just nice that the people who have been going on about Salmond needing a "Plan B" have admitted that he doesn't need one. When your opponent says your ri...
by BeerBottle
Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 33229

Re: Scottish Independence

(I've been reading for ages, very rarely comment) Ok, as an English-born living in Scotland for most of my life, I'll weigh in here on "the situation on the ground" as it were. ..... Any Questions? Thanks for filling us in. I am from England and in favour of Scottish Independence (if they...
by BeerBottle
Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 33229

Re: Scottish Independence

What surprises me, from the outside, is how much of the debate seems to be about money. About the pound, about banks, other big companies, oil money, etc. Interviews with Scots-in-the-street always seem to turn that. It's like people want to vote for independence, but only if it's not too expensive...
by BeerBottle
Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: MH17 Shot Down Over Ukraine-Russian Border
Replies: 102
Views: 19451

Re: MH17 Shot Down Over Ukraine-Russian Border

So now the EU and US have imposed further sanctions on Russia, apparently for failing to cooperate with the investigation and continuing to arm the pro Russian fighters. Illegal annexation of territory and deliberate destabilisation of a neighbouring sovereign country could not be accepted in 21st-c...
by BeerBottle
Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 489772

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

I say this with no sense of irony. Nobody ever means to kill civilians, yet in wars they do. What you mean to do isn't important. What you mean to do is surely the basis of morality. But in this case Hamas tries to kill civilians and kills none, and the IDF, we are assured, tries not to kill civili...
by BeerBottle
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 489772

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

@BattleMoose In Iraq alone, we have about one hundred and fifty thousand Jews who share with Moslems and Christians all the advantages of political and economic rights. Harmony prevails among Moslems, Christians and Jews. But any injustice imposed upon the Arabs of Palestine will disturb the harmony...
by BeerBottle
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 489772

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

@BeerBottle: Here's a table of historical Jewish population in Arab countries: it's decreased from roughly 800,000 to roughly 5,000 (and excluding Morocco, which has been uniquely tolerant, it's closer to 2,000). That's less than half the number of Arabs living in the city of Tel Aviv. What happene...
by BeerBottle
Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 489772

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

And if you were a Palestinian, would you do likewise? That isn't the Israeli mindset. The mindset is that they have nowhere to go to . The Arab countries made that clear when, rather than crafting a model for tolerance in their own countries, ethnically cleansed virtually all the Jews from those te...
by BeerBottle
Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 489772

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Unless Gaza is under threat of genocide , the WWII comparisons are outright hyperbole and you know it. And considering that quite a lot of Arabs are part of Israeli society, the accusations of Apartheid fall apart. Heid. But considering that no Jew is de facto allowed to live in any Arab country, p...
by BeerBottle
Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72187

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

I'm not saying that society is always equal....it's not. But you fix racism by removing the racist practice, not by introducing other racist rules. In this case, we could target the people who actually are being assholes to folks just because they wear some cultural item. Are they not the source of...

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