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by mmmcannibalism
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 119755

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

When did xkcd become a repeat of the most tired cliche of Rand that exists? Yeah, I want some concrete examples of this supposed asshole behavior in the Rand novels. The closest thing I can think of is blowing up Cortlandt, but there's an actual non-asshole motive behind that, which is very clearly...
by mmmcannibalism
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 119755

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

When did xkcd become a repeat of the most tired cliche of Rand that exists?
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 33301

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

You're implying that the only way overpopulation can be solved is by killing existing people. That's a straw man, nobody seriously proposes that. Historically, war has been the final solution to severe overpopulation - or specifically, a crippling shortage of basic resources. Nobody proposes it, bu...
by mmmcannibalism
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 33301

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

Now go ask people whether they would like a higher population at a lower standard of living or a lower population at a higher standard of living.
by mmmcannibalism
Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random
Replies: 38
Views: 5903

Re: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random

The scientists made a simple calculation model that mimics the way modern parliaments work, including the effects of particular political parties or coalitions. In the model, individual legislators can cast particular votes that advance either their own interests (one of which is to gain re-electio...
by mmmcannibalism
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape victim jailed... in California (Trigger!)
Replies: 76
Views: 10582

Re: Rape victim jailed... in California (Trigger!)

Is there a way around the 6th amendment to allow one to continue prosecuting a rape case without the victim testifying? Or would it just mean that the case would need to be dropped? I could be completely wrong, but I think the problem is the difficulty of prosecuting a rape case without the victim ...
by mmmcannibalism
Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SS refuses to pay prostitute, "scandal"
Replies: 47
Views: 8790

Re: SS refuses to pay prostitute, "scandal"

Why so much fuss over shoplifting? I kid. But a member of Obama's staff behaved inappropriately on his own time. This shit happens, I agree that there's not much of a scandal here. But because it's called a scandal, it needs a name. What word should we suffix with -gate? Considering the degradation...
by mmmcannibalism
Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The perfect Chess AI engine
Replies: 89
Views: 40330

Re: The perfect Chess AI engine

beefmasta wrote:Presuming that both sides had the absolute best strategy and, as such, were unbeatable, and there are no draws allowed, that would mean that it would probably boil down to who went first.


You realize draws are an inherent part of chess right?
by mmmcannibalism
Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The perfect Chess AI engine
Replies: 89
Views: 40330

Re: The perfect Chess AI engine

After reading some ideas posted I believe that 'Draw' seems to be my conclusion. Where every move set is determine it is only possible for 1 player to force a win, not both. (Call him player A) That being said the player unable to force a win is thereby able to force a draw. (Call him player B) So....
by mmmcannibalism
Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 68139

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

If nothing else, any fetishisation of capitalism requires a government that's big enough to bully everything else around if need be, because capitalism, first and foremost, is a function of contract law, and if either there is no contract law, or the government isn't powerful enough to make big cor...
by mmmcannibalism
Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 275467

Re: So Romney is the One

Not when the position they've flip flopped to is bigoted extremism. Then you just get both in the same package. Though, honestly, I don't think there's anything wrong with flip-flopping in general -- being able to say "No, I was wrong" is important, especially for people making important ...
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 275467

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

The Paul campaign was supposedly targeting the county, and given the low turnout overall, I think it's plausible that a concerted effort to get the vote out there could have swung the result. But it's kind of hilarious that they're claiming voterigging from one side of their mouths while from the o...
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 275467

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

What's also interesting is the enthusiasm gap between Romney and Gingrich. In counties that Romney won, voter turnout is lower than it was in 08; for counties that Gingrich won, it's the opposite. Sorry for the huffpo link but here's the source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-p-mcdonald/they...
by mmmcannibalism
Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 497954

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Yeah, I've always said that if the Israelis actually wanted to commit genocide against the Gazans, they'd send over precisely two fully-loaded F-16s and be done in two minutes. Wait, how are you going to commit genocide with 2 F-16s? Even if you use WMD, it's just not enough... A US B61 nuclear mis...
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 275467

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

... Could you clarify. I think netcrusher's point is that 40 wage-hours < 20 wage-hours + welfare (+ 20 hours of free time) for a lot of people because the minimum wage is low. I'm just not sure why that should be viewed as the fault of employer's paying little instead of the fault of the welfare s...
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 275467

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Yeah, but that's not "I can't work or I'd lose welfare", it's "I can't be your benefit-less part-time bitch with no job security for 25-30 hours a week or I'll lose income". That's the fault of the welfare system, in that it disappears after you are no longer "poor enough&q...
by mmmcannibalism
Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 59749

Re: Firearms

Best bet, there is no desire to carry swords in public so noone is lobbying for it. Which goes back to my question: why do the people who want to be able to carry firearms care so much? Why is it serious business? Primarily self defense; specifically, the belief that you have a much better chance o...
by mmmcannibalism
Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 59749

Re: Firearms

There's something I'm curious about. Why keep the guns? I mean, why are people so opinionated about them either way? Also, why is it specifically guns? Why are there jusrisdictions where guns are allowed, but not, say, swords? The only state I know that allows swords is Kentucky wich is odd conside...
by mmmcannibalism
Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011)
Replies: 193
Views: 20300

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

The gender differences in atheist population can easily be explained by gender roles and cultural differences. Isn't the general line of thinking that is presented something like... (note--all statements can be prefaced with: for complicated reasons caused largely by social conditioning and gender ...
by mmmcannibalism
Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011)
Replies: 193
Views: 20300

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

'Twitter blocking the hashtag' rumour is apparently because #GodIsNotGreat wasn't trending in some cities, or something like that. Personal favourite tweet: The death tonight of Christopher Hitchens is an excruciating reminder of the consequences of unbelief. We can only pray others will believe. d...
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 59749

Re: Firearms

Annoyingly everytime a major crime happens in Britain my American friends pull the whole "Hows that gun control working out for ya?" or the classic "If [x] had a gun than [x] wouldn't of happened" I try to point out the countless, and often worse, crimes comitted in America due ...
by mmmcannibalism
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 213151

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

There are people who think the movement is ineffective in part because of the method it chooses to be disruptive. There are people who think the world is flat. There are people whole believe we went to the moon. The are people who believe the sky is blue. There are people who believe 9/11 was a con...
by mmmcannibalism
Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Super Committee Fails to Agree
Replies: 60
Views: 5759

Re: US Super Committee Fails to Agree

We deny the right to vote to certain people, e.g. children and felons. It is accepted, I think, the rights can occasionally be denied. Felons don't have the right to self-determination (at least for a certain time), and I doubt people would object too much to that. It is not necessarily immoral to ...
by mmmcannibalism
Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Super Committee Fails to Agree
Replies: 60
Views: 5759

Re: US Super Committee Fails to Agree

I would like to see a “cheat sheet”. For each election being contested, every candidate gets to choose one issue. Every candidate must write a brief position statement on each of those issues. The table with candidates on the rows, issues on the columns, and position statements in the cells, gets p...
by mmmcannibalism
Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 47886

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

"Corporate personhood" isn't about declaring a corporation a living entity. Exactly. By defining 'person' to be a living human, it becomes law that corporations are not people, and thus have no constitutional rights. It also puts a legislative end to forced-birth efforts. The argument abo...
by mmmcannibalism
Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 13
Views: 1873

Re: Trailers

Hunger Games I have been all over the fora with this one. Read the books, everyone, if you haven't yet, and watch the movie when it comes out. It's going to be incredible. I just have to say, I like that trailer for actual being a trailer. It's not selling me actions scenes, just the beginning of a...
by mmmcannibalism
Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Super Committee Fails to Agree
Replies: 60
Views: 5759

Re: US Super Committee Fails to Agree

Does republican insistence that no new taxes ever be added to anyone ever actually have voter support? It's so egregiously economically unsound that I'm even a bit skeptical that voters would fall for it. The trick is to keep people from thinking. FTFY? not sure if I prefer the precision of mine or...
by mmmcannibalism
Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Super Committee Fails to Agree
Replies: 60
Views: 5759

Re: US Super Committee Fails to Agree

Does republican insistence that no new taxes ever be added to anyone ever actually have voter support? It's so egregiously economically unsound that I'm even a bit skeptical that voters would fall for it. The trick is to keep people from thinking about the fact that the tax rate can be raised selec...
by mmmcannibalism
Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 47886

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

Mayhaps we ought push an amendment to the US constitution that defines "person" properly? Something like "A living member of Homo sapiens sapiens from the time of birth or equivalent beginning of independent and autonomous life" might work. That simultaneously protects the bodil...
by mmmcannibalism
Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CDC Reports Crazy Differences in STD Rates
Replies: 76
Views: 8186

Re: CDC Reports Crazy Differences in STD Rates

However, according to a study in the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Journal of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association condoms have a breakage rate of 2.3% and a slippage rate of 1.3% which "may translate into a high risk for individuals who are very sexually active." I don'...
by mmmcannibalism
Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CDC Reports Crazy Differences in STD Rates
Replies: 76
Views: 8186

Re: CDC Reports Crazy Differences in STD Rates

Do we have any data about cultural approval of using various kinds of birth control between race and social class?
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 213151

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

This seems to be accepted as a simple point of fact there, and there seem to be a lot more differences in what's taken as obviously true. I especially liked the point about how all the OWS protesters spent $100,000 on their Egyptian Art History degree and are now mad that they're not getting handou...
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 213151

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I think that's running off the idea that 'you know how to spend your money better then the government does' and 'no-one should be forced to give money to the government (taxes) unless they feel that the former point is false'. Of course, if taxes became optional, would anyone actually pay them? The...
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 213151

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I think that's running off the idea that 'you know how to spend your money better then the government does' and 'no-one should be forced to give money to the government (taxes) unless they feel that the former point is false'. Of course, if taxes became optional, would anyone actually pay them? The...
by mmmcannibalism
Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: $131M taxpayer dollars annually to fund quackery
Replies: 31
Views: 6032

Re: $131M taxpayer dollars annually to fund quackery

The US government spends 30 cents per citizen on this. As a fraction of the US budget it is 131M / 3.5 trillion dollars = 3.7e-5, or 0.0037%, or one in 26718 federal dollars. Or about 1/10000th of the budget deficit. The US house spends about 151 days in session. At 8 hours per day, that is 1208 ho...
by mmmcannibalism
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 16037

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

First of all, ALL countries are unique, and have their own problems. What works in France won't necessarily work in Spain. It's true, that what works in one country won't necessarily work in others. However, universal health care works in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, ...
by mmmcannibalism
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 213151

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Just a general suggestion for self protection at all general protests I saw elsewhere on the web. Organize ahead of time for various people to have whistles, if you see police misconduct start blowing the whistle. Tell everyone ahead of time to sit down if they hear a whistle as this will expose any...
by mmmcannibalism
Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps
Replies: 82
Views: 9474

Re: On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps

Agreed, but more importantly, the rules should be consistent. As is, the rules are X, unless you happen to know a few people in the right place so the authorities look the other way, or even take down your rivals for you. QFT The problem is not that there are big companies, it's the fact that our g...
by mmmcannibalism
Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Whitehouse opens petition site
Replies: 224
Views: 28021

Re: Whitehouse opens petition site

sourmìlk wrote:Here.

Also, what do you think of a petition requesting reformation of child abuse laws, in response to judge William Adams? I might make one: if I do, what should it include?


I think all knee jerk reactions are dangerous.
by mmmcannibalism
Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 16037

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

they myth of rational self-interest


The myth of rationally considering what will make your life the most satisfactory and choosing to act based on your understanding of that information...seems very mythical.

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