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by Malice
Sat Aug 04, 2007 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should women go to jail?
Replies: 115
Views: 12108

There's no need to fall down the stairs a dozen times. All you need is some soap and a coat hanger. It's easier to "accidentally" fall down the stairs than to "accidentally" impale one's womb with a soapy bent coat hanger. That said, under abortion = murder law, falling down sta...
by Malice
Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Movies You Love
Replies: 284
Views: 47414

I have to say, I'm head over heels for Daredevil (though I haven't watched it in a while).
by Malice
Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nuclear energy
Replies: 545
Views: 85780

pollywog wrote:Depopulation + better energy conservation is what I would support.


You mean, like:

"Use less energy or I'll kill you!"

?
by Malice
Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should women go to jail?
Replies: 115
Views: 12108

There's no need to fall down the stairs a dozen times. All you need is some soap and a coat hanger. Or something like that. In the past, when abortions were illegal, women would do it to themselves. They'd likely hurt themselves, though. Done properly by a doctor, an abortion is safer than having yo...
by Malice
Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Loud Atheism
Replies: 459
Views: 40328

Thats secularism not atheism . Its possible to have a non-secular atheist or a secular Christian. Is it really possible to have a non-secular atheist? This would be an atheist who believes that... "certain practices or institutions should [not] exist separately from religion or religious belie...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Rule of Law
Replies: 19
Views: 2386

No, here's the important bit you're missing. Perfect rationality does not imply identical goals. Here's a simple example. Bob and Jim are both perfectly rational. Jim wants to be a farmer. Bob prefers being a banker. Jim will then apply his perfect rational mind toward obtaining farmland. Bob will a...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Loud Atheism
Replies: 459
Views: 40328

Or are you fudging the line to include things you already believe are religions and exclude things which you already believe are not? As to FSM versus god, I am fudging a bit. Which I think I admitted to when saying I was drawing an arbitrary line that others may draw elsewhere. To use christians f...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should women go to jail?
Replies: 115
Views: 12108

True. This hypothetical society might well take Orwellian views on such matters. I understand that you don't share those views. I was merely pointing out why those views are wrong in a legal sense. I do find it fascinating how little people seem to have thought about this side of the issue--on both ...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Rule of Law
Replies: 19
Views: 2386

That's one conclusion you can draw. I think it's equally logical to draw the opposite conclusion. Everyone will want to steal my stuff, therefore I must be better at defending it than they are at taking it. After all, there is a certain level of obtainable superiority in terms of skill/arms/etc., wh...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Loud Atheism
Replies: 459
Views: 40328

The belief in Atlantis. Like many religions, is based mostly on an ancient text (in this case, Plato); like many, it can't really be disproven and hasn't been proved yet. It's been around for a long time. (Like, since Plato.) Is it a delusion or not? It might be technically falsifiable--if, for exa...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Rule of Law
Replies: 19
Views: 2386

What precisely is the flaw in that logic? Given the premise (that guy has stuff that I want), the rational decision is to obtain that stuff, and the rational way to do that in a lawless place is not, "Go work in an office until I'm rich enough to buy that stuff," it's, "Resort to viol...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Loud Atheism
Replies: 459
Views: 40328

To give another example, the flat-earth theory has been around for thousands of years, and still (in some small groups) exists today. Flat-earth is falsifiable. Find a better analogy. The belief in Atlantis. Like many religions, is based mostly on an ancient text (in this case, Plato); like many, i...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Watchmen - Spoilers like a Psychic Undersea Gargant!
Replies: 719
Views: 68785

I'm mainly concerned about the choice of director. Specifically, the guy who made 300. He got some things right in that movie--like the visuals. He got some things wrong in that movie--like everything that wasn't originally in the book. He missed some things entirely--like any sense of meaning or ch...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Rule of Law
Replies: 19
Views: 2386

Laws would not be necessary if everyone were perfectly rational. Unfortunately, even the most rational people are irrational at times, hence the need for laws. Nah. Rational people can quite easily think through this chain of logic: A: I want that other guy's wife/stuff/whatever. B: The easiest way...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Loud Atheism
Replies: 459
Views: 40328

There would have to be clear evidence against a god existing for it to be delusional to continue holding onto a belief. Why? Do you think it would be considered not-delusional to believe in the Spaghetti Monster or Russell's Teapot? From Wiki: A delusion is commonly defined as a fixed false belief ...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should women go to jail?
Replies: 115
Views: 12108

Since it is the first option on the poll, and I am a born feminist, I say abortions should be legal everywhere. But since the question is what punishment, I suppose the most humane, human-rights respecting punishment would be institutionalization. If abortion is illegal, it is likely illegal based ...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should women go to jail?
Replies: 115
Views: 12108

I was expecting more balance. I assume people on these boards have self-selected for intelligence, but abortion is one issue which is less about intelligence and more about belief. Therefore I assumed there would be at least some people to vote that abortion should be illegal, since they exist in re...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should women go to jail?
Replies: 115
Views: 12108

You're charged with murder for hire, which I believe is a death penalty thing, and ends up on the books as murder 1 or 2 (because hiring somebody is a clear sign of premeditation). The guy you hired is probably charged with conspiracy to commit murder (which means you get one of those, too). That po...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should women go to jail?
Replies: 115
Views: 12108

Should women go to jail?

If they have illegal abortions, I mean. I got this off a news story, but I opened the thread hoping we could discuss this business, you know, seriously. Here's the article. Here's the Youtube video. To summarize: A couple of people did a mini-documentary in which they asked pro-lifers in a protest: ...
by Malice
Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Loud Atheism
Replies: 459
Views: 40328

I think atheism and religions (systems associated with and around the belief in one or many dieties commonly referred to as Gods or God) are, well... Opposed. Directly so. It is the same thing as saying, "I build my life around this car's existence," and "That car does not exist."...
by Malice
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies to AVOID
Replies: 264
Views: 25007

Wasn't? Hm.
by Malice
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Depressing Films
Replies: 201
Views: 20051

Requiem for a Dream gets easier the more you watch it. I hardly even have to cut myself anymore to get to sleep afterwards. Also, not all of Darronofsky's films are depressing. I wouldn't really call Pi a disheartening film. It even ends in victory! Sort-of... Children of Men ends better than it sta...
by Malice
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies to AVOID
Replies: 264
Views: 25007

Belial wrote:
Narsil wrote:Anything on the Sci-Fi Channel billed as "A Sci-Fi Original Movie".


Dear. Christ. Yes.


With the exception of Cube, right? Right?
by Malice
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Movies You Love
Replies: 284
Views: 47414

Johnthemage wrote:Oh, and I love Nic Cage but he has made about three good movies in the 2000's(Lord of War, Matchstick Men, and Adaptation)


You're missing "The Weather Man".
by Malice
Wed Aug 01, 2007 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that you're disappointed in after having finished.
Replies: 212
Views: 29628

lost boy lost girl, by Peter Straub. Normally Straub's an excellent writer--for example, I've never found a book which creates such an oppressive atmosphere of dread as his "Julia". But in this book, he begins with some seriously excellent ideas (haunted house, cool, serial killer, cool, c...
by Malice
Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies to AVOID
Replies: 264
Views: 25007

Chances are, if you don't like horror movies, it's either because you dislike being scared (odd, but whatever) or it's because you don't like movies which try to do nothing but scare you (more understandable). How is it odd to dislike being scared? As for 2001: Every time I've heard this movie brou...
by Malice
Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies which need to be, but which totally aren't
Replies: 71
Views: 8047

I want a Metroid movie in which nobody ever speaks.
by Malice
Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies which need to be, but which totally aren't
Replies: 71
Views: 8047

Movies which need to be, but which totally aren't

Any ideas? Adaptations of existing works? Ideas the movies haven't tried? For example, Y: The Last Man cries out to be filmed; in contrast, the collective works of Edward Gorey wait with dignity and patience for a film treatment. And in a completely different vein, it'd be nice to more silent horror...
by Malice
Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fear And Loathing (And Other Gilliams)
Replies: 16
Views: 3234

The only good Gilliam is Python Gilliam, at least so far... I've seen 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing, and Brazil, and hated all of them. Gilliam lacks clarity in every sense of the word. His movies are chaotic, grimy, insensible, and muddled... From what I've seen, he tends to throw anything he can t...
by Malice
Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies to AVOID
Replies: 264
Views: 25007

The Ring - I turned off the movie 45 min in. Really? The movie's a horror-mystery. So you basically missed all the answers to the mystery and all the scariest parts. Good work. You remind me of the people who walked out of Grindhouse, bored at Death Proof, right before Death Proof went from 0 to fu...
by Malice
Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies to AVOID
Replies: 264
Views: 25007

I generally dislike horror's, they're kinda wasting all my times. To anybody who says this, I always say: you're watching the wrong horror movies. The best movies are the ones that aren't just effective (at making you laugh or scaring you or whatever) but the ones that are also meaningful. Chances ...
by Malice
Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Punishment and "Admission"
Replies: 18
Views: 3051

As far as I can tell, the way a guilty plea works is, you don't necessarily have to allocute (the part where you stand up and say, "Your Honor, I did it"); and if you do, you're not required to apologize or anything. You can say "I did it and I'm glad" if you like.
by Malice
Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies to AVOID
Replies: 264
Views: 25007

Heathers. (It goes too far with its subject matter, which turns most of the comedy into cruelty. Also, it stars Christian "I never stop doing my Jack Nicholson impression" Slater.) The Blair Witch Project is actually a very good movie. If nothing else, it shows how you can make an effectiv...
by Malice
Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 240
Views: 72028

No, I was simply extrapolating. If it were true that people would always be more polite, wouldn't commit crimes, etc. if they thought other people would be packing as well, then the only places we would have crimes would be out in the burbs where no one is packing at all. (Note: The point here is *...
by Malice
Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Favorite non-English films
Replies: 114
Views: 14199

How about some classics? Breathless The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (really the whole "Man With No Name" trilogy) M Rashomon The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Ikiru The Seventh Seal Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd (for a non-ancient) He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (an absolutely fantastic, twisty French film ab...
by Malice
Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Punishment and "Admission"
Replies: 18
Views: 3051

Noble as it may be, the time and unaggravation (avoiding 10 years in jail and a sex offender registration) are well worth the social stigma. After all, what's worse? "I was convicted of a low offense" or "I just got out of jail after 10 years, and I can't live near a playground, be a ...
by Malice
Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Death Penalty (You cannot "prove" a point of view)
Replies: 172
Views: 21702

I think there's little question that CP is more expensive than LWOP. I think there's little question that CP means killing innocent people (if 1 in 15 Death Row inmates are exonerated, how many innocents are never discovered?). The detriments to CP are clear. It's the benefits which are unclear. Det...
by Malice
Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genarlow Wilson getting a blow job -No Belial, it's not spam
Replies: 40
Views: 6648

My father was 20 when he met my mother who was only 15. Three years later they were married and it'll be 38 years of marriage come October. So yeah. That sucks. And probably wouldn't have been pushed so far if both parties were white. I think it's sad that you're probably right. This is an absolute...
by Malice
Sat Jul 21, 2007 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Futuroomba!
Replies: 499
Views: 127329

The Globetrotters episode is probably the finest. It has a well-nigh perfect blend of insanely good comedy (mostly Globetrotter-induced) and a totally bleak love story. The ending, with Bender whistling, isn't sad the way Jurassic Bark's is sad--it just crushes any possibility of belief in God.

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