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by Heisenberg
Tue May 19, 2015 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Repubs to Restrict Poor People Food
Replies: 103
Views: 12620

Re: Wisconsin Repubs to Restrict Poor People Food

I always liked the WIC program. Sure, it was a bit of a hassle when checking people out at the store, but no more than the lady that has a coupon for everything. I think there's a lot of value in ensuring that the food in a child's home will be appropriate for growth and development. The underlying ...
by Heisenberg
Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pope says to stop breeding like rabbits
Replies: 59
Views: 9539

Re: Pope says to stop breeding like rabbits

That seems deceptive. It always works except when you screw up? Then you don't count the failure. That said, the apps for rhythm method seem to help with the accuracy. No, if you understand basic science and are willing and able to accurately measure small fluctuations in your basal body temperatur...
by Heisenberg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: President Obama wants the Internet to be a Public Utility
Replies: 83
Views: 17876

Re: President Obama wants the Internet to be a Public Utilit

leady wrote:So no intention of reading all the detailed posts explaining explicitly why thats wrong then?

I read all your posts. Nothing is broken. Why exactly do you want to ruin the internet?
by Heisenberg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 16623

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

I also realize that there are actually valid reasons for not wanting people to set up food distribution centers in public parks. Your concerns seem to be primarily about public health. What would you consider to be more of a threat to public health: Plates of uninspected lasagna or dead bodies? The...
by Heisenberg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: President Obama wants the Internet to be a Public Utility
Replies: 83
Views: 17876

Re: President Obama wants the Internet to be a Public Utilit

I pay Netflix monthly for a password that gets me videos. I pay an ISP monthly for a cable that runs to my house. I pay Amazon one time for a device which turns that cable and password into a video. That's already too much paying. Now for some reason people think that Netflix should be paying ISPs? ...
by Heisenberg
Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2283845

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

Military action doesn't require Congressional approval anymore, according to the President (Libya). Executive spy agencies can spy on Americans, despite being explicitly forbidden from doing so (NSA). Suspension of Habeas Corpus. Torture. (Gitmo/Bush) Denial of Due Process to American citizens judge...
by Heisenberg
Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 189055

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

CorruptUser wrote:We nearly tied it up at the end though...

Dempsey's header? That cross at the very end was just shameful. We had a few opportunities, but most of them were ruined by our own incompetence.
by Heisenberg
Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 189055

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Yay! We didn't get beat as bad as Portugal did!

Honestly, though I was hoping for a win, this is a pretty reasonable result for us. Germany was the better side, and we knew they would be. Definitely could have been worse, especially with as much work as Tim Howard had to do.
by Heisenberg
Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 189055

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Those bite marks which I saw on live TV? Probably photoshopped, according to Uruguay.
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Packers. Cowboys. 49ers.
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

redskin /ˈrɛdˌskɪn/ noun plural redskins Learner's definition of REDSKIN [count] informal + offensive : native american ◊ The word redskin is very offensive and should be avoided. If you need a poll to verify that, go for it. What's in question is whether a significant number of Native Americans fi...
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Self selection as an identifier for cultural identity is pretty normal. Ok, well I just now decided that I'm Native American. So you're going to have to re-do your math now that my opinion is considered an accurate representation of Native American views. Do you see the problem with self-selection?...
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2283845

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

Theology: It's complicated.
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 189055

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Sure, but this is using a part of your body that should not be used in the course of a match. This isn't like he might've been kicking the ball and kicked a player instead. This is more like grabbing a chopstick out of his sock and stabbing a guy. WTF? Where did that come from?
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 189055

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Assault. Lock him up.
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Sure, racism was a thing, cruelty in warfare was a thing, but trying to link this to the current name of the Washington Redskins is pretty tenuous. I'll agree that the term "Washington Redskins" is no more racist than the term "redskin." But I expect you understand that there's ...
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California breastfeeding picture controversy
Replies: 236
Views: 31305

Re: California breastfeeding picture controversy

And in a discussion, if there is to be any point, then you need to talk about things as they are, not as you want them to be. And it is not how I treat or think of people. It is how society overall thinks of them. Then say "Society treats exotic dancers as objects." Or "The industry ...
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Tyndmyr wrote:Your "counterexample" is merely supporting that the methodology is not reasonable.

Again, what do you think 'disparaging' means?

How many people do you think need to object to a disparaging term for their criticism to be considered valid?
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Keep in mind that the US's relationship with the natives is not as clearcut as you may have learned in Europe. I'm pretty familiar with the complex love/hate relationship my country has had with the various tribes. Here's a Revolutionary War General ordering his subordinates to wipe out the Iroquoi...
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 12212

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

Its been almost two weeks, and I still don't see any legal documentation that states what Elon Musk means by "uses a patent in good faith". So far, they HAVEN'T released their patents, they just released a blog post that is stirring up good press. It may be on a case-by-case basis. For ex...
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California breastfeeding picture controversy
Replies: 236
Views: 31305

Re: California breastfeeding picture controversy

The gender parity doesn't help. It's just a shitty way to think about people. It may be awful but it is what it is. And not acknowledging it is part of the problem. The culture I live in is racist, ageist, and sexist. And not more than a little elitist. That doesn't mean you have to use dehumanizin...
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

I bet a lot of people would describe a word that they hate as disparaging. What do you think 'disparaging' means? I do not contest that if you slice subsets small enough, and are permitted to pick any subset you choose, you will eventually find one that finds the term offensive. Of course you will....
by Heisenberg
Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Yes, lots of people hate lots of things, but it's not illegal to trademark a word people HATE. It's illegal to trademark a word that's DISPARAGING.
by Heisenberg
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 189055

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Well, that's an inherent problem with the Trust Game. Also, Germany is likely through even with a loss, so they don't have as much incentive to draw as we do.
by Heisenberg
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

A word can totally be a slur in one context and not in another. That's remarkably normal, in fact. Maybe if the word had a dual meaning, but that's not the case here. The court ruled that "redskin" was a slur when they named a football team that. It's also still currently a slur. No amoun...
by Heisenberg
Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 189055

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

So yeah, that is going to be one boring game. Do you think they'll even bother to show up before signing off on a 0-0 draw? While that would be the smart move, Klinsman said he wasn't going to communicate with Low before the match, and his comments can be summed up as "These crazy Americans ar...
by Heisenberg
Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

So, tell me, why should we discount the opinion of Native Americans that are not enrolled in a tribal group and actively involved in it? We shouldn't discount anyone's opinion. Everyone who didn't find the term derogatory in the first poll have valid opinions, and the other group of people in the s...
by Heisenberg
Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

This is a guy who made up a brand based on an existing slur. That's pretty fucked up, and I don't understand why you think the federal government should be spending your tax dollars helping this racist asshat. What constitutes a slur now, and what constituted a slur in the past may not be the same....
by Heisenberg
Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

What makes a group loud and noisy?

Who do you consider a nominal member?
by Heisenberg
Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

*sigh* I also wouldn't use cracker as a label to greet someone, but totally would use it to describe the items made by Ritz. Context matters. You are aware of this, because you're deliberately selecting an offensive context that is not the same as the the context of talking about a sports team. Doe...
by Heisenberg
Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Hey (skin color) would be a really odd greeting in most contexts. Yes, it is. And if a word is so controversial that you yourself would not even consider using it in regular conversation, that's the first indication that the word may be disparaging and shouldn't be used at all. Your second might be...
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

I changed my mind, leady. We'll do a little experiment. If you're sure that the term is not disparaging, then please go find various Native Americans and begin your conversation by calling them redskins. Make a little table, and after each encounter make a tally mark in one of the following columns:...
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California breastfeeding picture controversy
Replies: 236
Views: 31305

Re: California breastfeeding picture controversy

Which pictures do you think she's breastfeeding in?
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California breastfeeding picture controversy
Replies: 236
Views: 31305

Re: California breastfeeding picture controversy

The underlying reason it's considered inappropriate is because women should stay at home and take care of the house and watch the kids. The fact that they have the gall to be out getting diplomas and doing jobs and stuff is horribly offensive to certain males and any attempt at being both a mother a...
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man faces trial over Revenge Porn website
Replies: 36
Views: 7072

Re: Man faces trial over Revenge Porn website

Third scenario: You post a sign that says "Leady Pees In The Shower" with an explicit photo of leady. When leady comes to you and asks you take it down, you demand $100. Right, and he came to me because I put up a second sign under the first that said "Leady, if you pay me $100 I wil...
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Nobody is much fussed by the cultural indignities faced by Catholics or the Irish. I am. Heisenberg wrote: You don't think calling someone a "redskin" is disparaging? not particularly, Have you ever, like, talked to a Native American? I highly recommend it. Protip: Don't open with "H...
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man faces trial over Revenge Porn website
Replies: 36
Views: 7072

Re: Man faces trial over Revenge Porn website

He doesn't get a pass due to the fact that he posted the material first, and then required payment to cover it up. Here are two scenarios: I tell you: "I will post a sign that says "Leady Pees In The Shower" with an explicit photo of you unless you pay me $100." I post a sign tha...
by Heisenberg
Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 72609

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

You don't think calling someone a "redskin" is disparaging?
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California breastfeeding picture controversy
Replies: 236
Views: 31305

Re: California breastfeeding picture controversy

Breastfeeding is only remotely like getting a little nooky. But I don't think it's unfair to wonder if it's indecent. That's the issue: Breastfeeding has absolutely nothing to do with sex. So there's no justification for calling it indecent. As to why men in particular don't like to watch a child e...
by Heisenberg
Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 189055

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Was Ghana/USA as good a game as the reports make it seem? No, but the last ten minutes were exciting, which is always a plus. US was getting dominated in the midfield. The only reason they only allowed one goal was that Ghana kept driving through the mid and taking terrible shots on goal. Apparentl...

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