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by Steroid
Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"
Replies: 99
Views: 30978

Re: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"

I want to see where "The Last Question" fits.
by Steroid
Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

(and if it's not, look, kid... try freerepublic or something) Am I allowed to have a safespace thread on the board somewhere? Because I'm about at the kill-myself stage here. I want to make posts without everyone jumping down my throat and arguing with me. You have no idea how much what you're doin...
by Steroid
Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Am I allowed to have a safespace thread on the board somewhere? Because I'm about at the kill-myself stage here. I want to make posts without everyone jumping down my throat and arguing with me. You have no idea how much what you're doing hurts me. Please. I am not trolling. I am begging. Just point...
by Steroid
Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Steroid. I am going to attempt to follow your logic through. If you say you will accept things that are the norm, the opinions held by the majority, then your opinions need to change. Not everywhere, but here. Because here, the majority of people think that non-Christian, non-white, non-cis, non-ma...
by Steroid
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Since it appears to be that your position is that every historical wrong must persist throughout our history, I don't actually think I need to reply to this. Especially considering your position is basically 'the historical wrongs *I happen to like* are the ones that should be allowed to persist'. ...
by Steroid
Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Slavery 'evolved naturally'. Most decent people would agree that it is not acceptable in today's world. Again, as has already been pointed out to you by PM, the presence of an existing power structure does not mean its existence is legitimate. I'm saying it does. That's why things like reparations ...
by Steroid
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Again, you seem to not know what words mean; the Christian right is not saying 'Us Christians don't believe in homosexual equality, so we won't personally have homosexual marriage', they're saying 'Us Christians don't believe in homosexual equality, so no one should be able to'. Again, no state sho...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

If war and propaganda are illicit, then what are legitimate means to advance a cause? Do you know what happens to causes that only work through pure rationality and noninterference? They get eaten up by the Christians. So...are you again saying that the only way to avoid oppression by christianity ...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

How, might I ask, will Christians be affected if same-sex couples can be legally considered to be married? If they are given contract rights? None. If the social trappings of marriage are attached to same-sex contracted couples? It will affect Christians by devaluing their exclusivity on what they ...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Oh, right, he was an anti-Christian bigot: that's why he blew up a cathedral. No, sorry, shot up a church, and said "I hate your religion". No, I screwed that up again: it's why he went and attacked an organisation that was saying he should be deported from the country, that wanted to rem...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

We can't know the motivations of the shooter, unless he tells us, but is it not at least possible that it was anti-Christian bigotry brought on by wanting an oppressive homosexual regime to reign? Or is the idea of anyone not of the right wing having an impure thought a physical impossibility in you...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

But no one is seriously calling for christians to be stigmatized or oppressed. Which means it's not the symmetrical struggle that you're trying to paint, it's not two groups trying to oppress each other, it's one group saying "we want to be treated equally" and another group saying "...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

They're trying to "cure" gays. If that is sufficient to be a hate group, then so is wanting to convert Christians, or wanting them to abandon their social and political views. Is there, to you, a difference between "everyone must do things my way" and "everyone must stop pr...
by Steroid
Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/straight?s=t It's informal, but it's there. I'm not a straight person. I'm a straight. You insult me when you don't call me by my preferred term. :roll: As to the other, it says right there that FRC is not trying to criminalize homosexual behavior, though some...
by Steroid
Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

They're trying to "cure" gays. If that is sufficient to be a hate group ... Yeah, and that's all they're doing; trying to change the sexual attraction of consenting adults under no pressure to give said consent, and that's all they want to do too. :roll: Or maybe there's more to being a h...
by Steroid
Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

There's two aspects to this. The first, which I think I've talked about somewhere before, is based on the idea that inherent versus volitional is continuous as opposed to discrete. It's easy to say that when you judge someone, it should only be on their volitional nature, not their inherent, but I d...
by Steroid
Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

And now a peaceful pro-segregation group that advocated repressing black people, and published false articles like “the evidence indicates that disproportionate numbers of gay black men seek adolescent males or boys as sexual partners” and “[g]aining access to children has been a long-term goal of ...
by Steroid
Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Wow, seriously. Fuck all of you. Just explain to me one thing: If you won't recognize the victims in this instance, why in the name of God should I give a damn about your alleged victimization? Why shouldn't I, or any of the people at the FRC stand there with the WBC crew and cheer when one of you s...
by Steroid
Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

The political impact of the shooting of a US senator is bigger than the shooting of this security guard. This is why the one story received [apparently] more news coverage and more political attention than the other. But of course, you have a personal narrative you're trying to weave here, the old ...
by Steroid
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Again, the scope of the events isn't as important as the political impact. This was a chance to say that LBGT support leads to crazed gunmen, and Christian beliefs lead to being innocent victims. They didn't take that. The other event, the Giffords shooting, shouldn't have been an opportunity to say...
by Steroid
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

There are thousands of murders every year You'd be foolish to try to demonstrate any media bias by comparing who's covering one specific murder. Probably, but it's about spin and narrative. With due respect to all the victims, I'm less interested in the personal details than in the political effect...
by Steroid
Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26438

Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Man Opens Fire at Family Research Council The real interesting part of this, to me, is the media coverage. CNN doesn't have it up on their front page at all. NBCnews has it as the last item, right below a story about the orbits of Mars and Venus. CBS news does have it, but you have to page down. It...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272847

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

By keeping them in different spheres. The biblical ascetism comes through in their rejection of sexual licentiousness and their condemnation of showy entertainment. The selfishness comes in the economic sphere where success is a good thing, since it you have a lot of money, you've successfully convi...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272847

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged tell you exactly what you get out of conservatism No, they tell you what Rand would like to get out of conservatism. They are works of fiction, and basing your policies on fiction is dumb. On top of that, there are plenty of verses in the bible that tell you what...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272847

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Well, think about it this way: a movement needs two books. One says, "Here's what you have to do," and the other says, "Here's what you get out of it." If, for conservatives, the bible fills the first role, then Seven Habits or How to Win Friends and Influence People or any of th...
by Steroid
Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272847

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

If you think about it, it's really bizarre - Randian philosophy and Christianity should be largely mutually exclusive belief systems - Rand (a firm atheist) herself certainly thought so. The modern GOP seems to reconcile- which Ryan seems to epitomize- these two opposing systems by taking the absol...
by Steroid
Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272847

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Personally, I'm unimpressed with both sides, and if this continues, will likely vote libertarian. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. All depends on what the options are. Here, both sides seem fairly interesting in pandering to their base over issues that I'm not really worked up over, with fairly l...
by Steroid
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 68349

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

True. I guess what I'm asking, and I'll put it in the second person if it helps, why should you give any consideration to my well-being over your own, and if you shouldn't, why does that not suggest that libertarianism is the optimum form of government to live under?
by Steroid
Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 68349

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Precisely. Now answer the questions. Why should I be more concerned with your pain than mine? Why should I look at two other people and automatically gravitate to the one who's worse off?
by Steroid
Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 68349

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Why is the key factor, in taxation, the portion of income taxed, rather than the absolute amount? If my choices are a constant-dollar amount of taxes or a constant-percent amount, I'd rather have the constant dollars, since if I make more money, I get to keep more of it? In terms of useful things, I...
by Steroid
Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 21643

Re: Voting Third Party.

I have voted Libertarian in the past, am a registered member of the party, and am planning to vote for Johnson this year unless some major change happens with Mitt Romney. I do this for a few reasons: 1. It makes me feel good to stand on principle. 2. It helps the Libertarian party grow. 3. It serve...
by Steroid
Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 295140

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

The question isn't whether global warming is happening, whether it's man caused or whether we can prevent it. It's always going to be a question of what's in MY best interests. Climate change is good for those that can adapt, and bad for those that can't. Earth it's self is going to be fine, she's ...
by Steroid
Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade
Replies: 46
Views: 7437

Re: Portugal halving number of drug addicts in a decade

Because we have to punish criminals. Because it's not fair if someone does something bad and doesn't get beaten for it. People need to be punished for making bad decisions, even if punishing them for bad decisions only leads to more people making more bad decisions. Because we're so obsessed with t...
by Steroid
Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 57648

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

'States' are abstracts; things we use to represent reality. Abstracts leak. I am not sure what you are trying to say with this, at all. The state of being uncircumcised is a different state than being circumcised. One of those states is capable of being transformed into the other state, while the o...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 57648

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Which is detracting from the whole point: you're delving into a non-purely religious argument to defend the potential purely religious argument. If the 1 armed people end up better off because of it, then you can point to that as your argument in favor of it -- it still does nothing to enhance the ...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 57648

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Which could well happen. Which is why rather than having a blanket "always circumcise" or "never circumcise" rule, we should have diversity. This would only be a logical conclusion if you felt from that example that severing someone's arm at 8 days old for their potential, non-g...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 57648

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

But again, if my choice is "get circumcised at 8 days old," I can't do that. How do I then fulfill the covenant I need to make me happy? By realizing that your post-facto desire to do something before you were able to want to do it is not a good argument in favor. Returning to my prior ex...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 57648

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

The unhappy circumcized Jews/Muslims who feel their parents took their religious freedom away are probably far fewer than the happy circumcized Jews/Muslims who feel that the ban means the state took their religious freedom away. If more preferences are satisfied by not banning the procedure, why s...
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 67525

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Hmm. . . I listened to the orals and I don't remember the solicitor general conceding it was a tax. I thought he specifically called it a penalty. Can anyone find me the argument?
by Steroid
Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 67525

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Yeah, the calling it a tax bit seems more reasonable the more I think about it. The Court is saying "You can't change the language to get around the law." For instance, poll taxes are prohibited, and you can't just call them a poll fine instead. A more extreme example would be the provisi...

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