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by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do natural rights exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 24888

Re: Do natural rights exist?

Since you seem to be completely sure of this, can you explain the inductive reasoning as to how you arrived to these natural rights? First of all, pardon my ignorance, I don't even know what they are, so it will be nice you could list them in a clear, concise, and concrete manner. Secondly, I have ...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 21495

Re: Changing the American election system

As for the "adversarial parliament" I don't think lack of adversarial-ness... adversarial-ity... adver-cereal... conflict is a problem is the US legislature. It might well be. Consider the role of PMQ's (Prime Minister's Questions) in the Commons and UK politics as a whole - not only does...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do natural rights exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 24888

Re: Do natural rights exist?

Rights describe fundamental obligations of the state to an Individual; to say that x's right y has been violated, is to say that the State has in some way neglected its obligation to that person. Now, is it really true to say that State of Saudi Arabia has an obligation to afford its women equal tre...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 67155

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

By that logic, there's no such as Negative rights. "My body is my own, the government should act to exclude others from it, and let me do with it as I please". I feel the distinction to be an exceedingly poor one, yes. What exactly is your point? Negative rights are things that shouldn't ...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 67155

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

... hence believe that it is possible to violate rights in more ways than mere theft. Correct, agree. What fundamental right is violated thought by not providing education? Where does that right come from? The point is socialist ideas lead to "I want something"; "I convince the gover...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 67155

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

... hence believe that it is possible to violate rights in more ways than mere theft. Correct, agree. What fundamental right is violated thought by not providing education? Where does that right come from? The point is socialist ideas lead to "I want something"; "I convince the gover...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 67155

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Ormurinn seems to veer more and more to outright (rather than merely implicit) absurd. Namely the sorts of thinking that believes our enslavement to come from the powers of capitalisation . His mother would have had to rely on her local community supporting her, or on charity, though the labour mark...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 31744

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

If we don't actually work on solving the root causes of violence (e.g. we need to work on reducing poverty, fixing social issues, improving quality of life, reducing crime, reducing unemployment, reducing stress, improving treatment and diagnoses of mental illness), then the homicide rate won't act...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 31744

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

While that is certainly interpreted in many ways, the fact that it is in the constitution is justification enough. This is perhaps the single greatest fallacy alive in American politics but also the country generally today. The Founding Fathers were not demi/gods who alone knew what Americans true ...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 6765

£13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network. James Henry, former chief ...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 67155

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

But see, people are using "it's a natural right" as if it means "it's trivial". So every time it's brought up the conversation devolves into "shut up it's natural right" "no it's not you shut up" "yeah uh" "nah uh".... I just don't think i...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 333640

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

Yeah, but... More about latest episode: I can't figure out what Tarlok was possibly trying to achieve by capturing Korra. Ok, he used bloodbending on her in a moment of panic... so why not just kill her and blame the Equalists? What was he planning to do with her? Why did he assume a simple meta...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 14264

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

Me. I'm going to buy that. Me. The big difference here is that if I buy from Joe regularly, he has a job which provides him an income, while if I do not buy from Joe, he is unemployed. In an ideal world, Joe might be able to get a job assembling Chevy Tahoes instead of farming if he was better at t...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 67155

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Consider whether an American has the negative or positive freedom or the to go on holiday to the Bahamas? They are free to do so, say believers in negative freedom, as there is no law preventing an American going on holidays to the Bahamas. They are not, says the supporters of positive freedom, as ...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 67155

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

1. (negative) liberty is intrinsically and absolutely valuable: Liberty is a great thing in and of itself. In fact, it's the best thing. When it conflicts with other social values like utility (utilitarianism) or equality (egalitarianism), liberty always trumps them. Because liberty is inherently s...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years later
Replies: 184
Views: 20776

Re: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years lat

EsotericWombat wrote:If someone dies in the process of you committing a felony, that's murder, not manslaughter in some parts of the U.S. and Australia


Fix'd that. Given that Felony Murder is one of the most bizarre and misguided former doctrines of Common Law.
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed May 23, 2012 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 333640

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

While I'm still enjoying the series - it's losing more and more of my interest. Partly because of the characters, who I just (aside from Lin ^^) developed or interesting at the moment; though that's something I'm willing to overlook and push aside given a broadly similar situation at the start of TL...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Sat May 19, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What makes Royal families Royal?
Replies: 90
Views: 18313

Re: What makes Royal families Royal?

Strictly speaking, the Crown Estate prior to becoming Crown Estate (upon the ascension of each new Monarch) is technically the private property of that Monarch. Indeed, these aren't lands that were held by virtue of them being the Monarchs in the these of olde (as it were) but rather personal proper...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Sat May 19, 2012 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 333640

Re: Avatar: The Last Hairbender & Legend of Korra

Am I the only one who feels Bending is underpowered in the TLK? Mostly I've taken it to be Korra's inexperience/too headstrong attack style and the constraints of Pro-Bending but after watching the last episode it seems to be equally true of even very skilled Benders like Topin and Lin Beifong. Whil...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed May 02, 2012 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada will administer 'charter' city in Honduras
Replies: 38
Views: 5286

Re: Canada will administer 'charter' city in Honduras

[edit]How the hell did I misread Honduras as Haiti? This post should probably be ignored. Interesting idea, but I see a thin line between this an colonialism. Given the disaster that post-colonial Haiti had been, wouldn't that a good thing? [spoiler]Because after you break something, clearly th...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are there any schools that you can get into solely by exam?
Replies: 15
Views: 5926

Re: Are there any schools that you can get into solely by ex

Ireland has this system. Entrance to the Universities, Colleges and other 3rd-level institutions is orchestrated by the CAO (Central Applications Office) who set a given number of points (out of 600) that must be reached to matriculate into a given course. The points are determined by sitting the Le...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Unemployment Down once again.
Replies: 54
Views: 7022

Re: Unemployment Down once again.

How is this present deficit/debt blame roulette relevant to a comment on Keynesianism? The thing people seem to realise is that "Keynesian Economics" is not equivalent to "More Government Spending" or, as the more careless (though still frequent) Strawman suggest, "National ...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 269747

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Politicians are always more likely to stimulate the economy during election years, and not just from everyone working on the campaigns. When the stimulus ends, the jobs soon do as well. Really need citation for that? Cynical Suspicion of Government justifies all the claims! As long as you draw reas...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 540694

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I make no claims the Religion is good or bad, period. Religion is a social device created by us, we the people. Government and Law must act from Authority, God is it, or was. My claim is that Critical Thinking doesn't work on it. Good doesn't advance Civilization. My knowledge of Chinese history is...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl Scouts Admit Trans Girls--Homophobe calls for Boycott
Replies: 116
Views: 11645

Re: Girl Scouts Admit Trans Girls--Homophobe calls for Boyco

If you're really that paranoid about kids sleeping together, separate sleeping arrangements has generally been the common practice worldwide where mixed national organisations are the norm. Indeed, I'm rather opposed to single-sex groups for the sort of essentialist and gender tosh they propagate i...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 540694

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Name a social force that gave stability other than Religion. I'm not saying that Religion handed the world whole cloth, but it was the force that was always there. It all gets bound up in the idea that authority has to come from somewhere. And God was it. The State. Hobbes old maximum is backed up ...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl Scouts Admit Trans Girls--Homophobe calls for Boycott
Replies: 116
Views: 11645

Re: Girl Scouts Admit Trans Girls--Homophobe calls for Boyco

I really see no reason for these organizations to be separate, except bigotry. And I don't think they are in other countries, are they? It's just so 19th century, separating boys and girls. This makes sense before puberty, but there is a strong practical concern with taking male and female teenager...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does it mean to be "middle-class?"
Replies: 39
Views: 8733

Re: What does it mean to be "middle-class?"

I think it's probably more accurate to talk of "income groups" rather than classes in most countries at this point. The whole focus of class systems was that they weren't about money, or rather, that they weren't solely about money but rather the social perceptions built around them. For i...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smaller US military (yay!)
Replies: 114
Views: 10997

Re: Smaller US military (yay!)

What world is to replace that of the Pax Americana? Given the alternatives, a poor one. Certianly, the U.S. has rarely been fervently liberal but it has never been decidedly illiberal, it's hegemony although greatly imperfect has always proved better than the alternative (Nazis, Soviets, what-have-y...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?
Replies: 77
Views: 29375

Re: A state funeral for Thatcher - why or why not?

I saw that they are more common here than in the UK, I was more wondering why that might be, and why they feel so strongly about the issue. It seems to me the best possible outcome that would please the most people is to offer a state funeral and then have her decline it. They honor the former PM, ...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does this image explain global warming?
Replies: 19
Views: 6406

Re: Does this image explain global warming?

Azrael wrote:
Weeks wrote:
Mambo4 wrote:It's an ad homonym logical fallacy , but it gets used.
Ha! It's funny because you said homonym but meant homophone.
Hominem. He meant ad hominem.


Joke. Weeks meant to make a brilliant joke.
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011)
Replies: 193
Views: 20033

Re: R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011)

I'm not aware that he ever said those were synonymous. Denouncing the principles of Christianity and the fundamentalists who follow them is not a denunciation of all Christians. Of course he never outright said it. But he continually stated that believing in God was an affirmation of the things tha...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 269747

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

All words are made up words. To insist that people use your personally accepted versions is childish, anyway. It's like people having a hissy fit over McDonald's "drive-thru" making it into the lexicon. Except that " irregardless " would literally mean the opposite of what the p...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Infant Circumcision
Replies: 1022
Views: 100955

Re: Male Infant Circumcision

Great Hippo, you said you'd no problems with an act that had no lasting consequence. So, some form of drugged rape scenarios are fine by you? I mean that's not far-fetched, it's a common enough occurrence. Oh, for fuck's sake. Do we seriously have to keep going here? My opposition to evil is not ba...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Infant Circumcision
Replies: 1022
Views: 100955

Re: Male Infant Circumcision

Great Hippo, you said you'd no problems with an act that had no lasting consequence. So, some form of drugged rape scenarios are fine by you? I mean that's not far-fetched, it's a common enough occurrence. The mere non incidence of a bad effect for the individual doesn't remove the moral element; a ...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is temporary inflation the solution to the European crisis?
Replies: 27
Views: 5413

Re: Is temporary inflation the solution to the European cris

Interesting topic... did you know that Ireland voluntarily bankrupted their nation, when they had the opportunity to easily dodge the banking crisis? Crazy ass Irish people. Do you mean the Government Guarantee of all Assets, including all bond categories? It was something of a snap decision made a...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 529090

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

Sitting here on the verge of ripping myself apart in frustration due to game troubles. I'm running the game on PC and it won't open in anything but a very small window. Any changes I attempt to make in Options on the Launcher automatically reset. I'd greatly appreciate any assistance or advice! Sou...
by Whimsical Eloquence
Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 529090

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

Sitting here on the verge of ripping myself apart in frustration due to game troubles. I'm running the game on PC and it won't open in anything but a very small window. Any changes I attempt to make in Options on the Launcher automatically reset.

I'd greatly appreciate any assistance or advice!
by Whimsical Eloquence
Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 46150

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

You can almost troll Anti-Abortion'ers with honest statements of opinion. "I don't object to giving a foetus the same Rights as a person - they should", "Really?!", "Yeah, just not Rights over another person..."
by Whimsical Eloquence
Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?
Replies: 30
Views: 3826

Re: Would it help the economy to do less DIY/hire help?

If, at the end of the day, you do not have more than you started with, it was not good for the economy. I think you mean, it was not good for you. I meant "you" as in "the grand overseer of the economy" sense. ...so if I go out today and pay someone to cut my hair then it's bad ...

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