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by TheStranger
Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A good model for juvenile detention
Replies: 4
Views: 759

Re: A good model for juvenile detention

I can see how a program like this would work for non-violent youth offenders (just as similar programs would work for non-violent adult offenders). I do agree as to questioning the cost benefits of the program... running a small number of these locations may be a bit cheaper, but if we are looking a...
by TheStranger
Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: civilization, its definition, purpose, and adequacy
Replies: 41
Views: 4537

Re: civilization, its definition, purpose, and adequacy

I'm not attempting to challenge you here, but I'm curious, was there one time in history where civilization worked ONLY for the betterment of the lives of every individual? Any time that it has lead to an improvement, on average, of the people living in that civilization. I don't mean through enter...
by TheStranger
Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cultist mother kills son for not saying "Amen" at mealtimes
Replies: 55
Views: 5674

Re: Cultist mother kills son for not saying "Amen" at mealtimes

Actually, psychologists have determined that a person holding an impossible belief/etc is not crazy if it is a common belief in their culture/religion. So, that would mean that this person committing negligent homicide (which is legally viewed as a Bad Thing (tm)) is a victim. Where are the culprit...
by TheStranger
Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yet Another Hillary Gaffe
Replies: 51
Views: 5624

Re: Yet Another Hillary Gaffe

And any republican who feels like harping on it should probably explode out of sheer hypocrisy, given their most recent occupant of the oval office. And likewise, any Democrat who feels like harping on about the previous occupant of the oval office should do the same. Didn't she just claim like a c...
by TheStranger
Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stem cells to grow bigger breasts
Replies: 29
Views: 1902

Re: Stem cells to grow bigger breasts

Well that is one sure way to get the ban on research lifted... though if it could be shown to increase the size of a man's man... the ban would be lifted and millions in federal dollars would be poured in.
by TheStranger
Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 93637

Re: Nuclear Power: Time to reconsider?

I've been a big fan of nuclear power for many years now... and have always supported its implementation above dirtier sources (hydrocarbon) and less efficient (wind/solar) sources. The general public needs to be educated to these facts... because all they usually hear are the nay-sayers. An interest...
by TheStranger
Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is the highest reasonable salary?
Replies: 55
Views: 6117

Re: What is the highest reasonable salary?

...If you are the last one standing, then your value is infact infinite. So potential rewards of the best CEO's are massive. This promotes the idea that when faced with a dragon, you should stab everyone near you trying to fight the dragon and run the fuck away. I'll go even farther and give this k...
by TheStranger
Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A message to violent smegwads everywhere:
Replies: 44
Views: 2723

Re: A message to violent smegwads everywhere:

I can think of a few interesting tests that could be done to test the viability of the strategy...

1) introduce a large number of aggressive male baboons into the same area

2) move the band into an area where they have to compete for resources with other bands.
by TheStranger
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 12638

Re: The 2% Illusion

Am I the only one who thinks that making people who earn $100,000-$250,000 a year pay more taxes really won't be all that bad? Or, God forbid, even tax the upper middle class a bit? There is a careful balance there though... the people in that tax bracket are an important part of the economic syste...
by TheStranger
Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Local news, and I am ashamed of my country/county
Replies: 72
Views: 7537

Re: Local news, and I am ashamed of my country/county

The immigrant in a two-wife marriage isn't respecting of disrespecting British customs by being in the marriage. You are imposing your customs on them by telling them what they can and can't do in their private lives. You are expecting them to bend to your ideas, but there is no other side to it wh...
by TheStranger
Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Buffalo man allegedly beheads wife
Replies: 22
Views: 1841

Re: Buffalo man allegedly beheads wife

Further thoughts: It's not clear (despite the Star's reporting) that the killing had anything to do with religion. The BBC carries the same story, but without the insinuation. Unfortunately, due to actions by Muslim extremists in the Middle East any time a Muslim decapitates someone it will be seen...
by TheStranger
Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lady News!
Replies: 300
Views: 34395

Re: Lady News!

Now, I can see where it would frustrate many men to be in a relationship where they feel their needs are not being met, but...I'm having trouble articulating exactly the problem I have with the article, other than it shifts the blame for failing relationships back onto the woman. Sexual compatibili...
by TheStranger
Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left vs. Right?
Replies: 57
Views: 7588

Re: Left vs. Right?

Some interesting ideas here... - a constitution that has teeth in when a government oversteps it's charter. The constitution clearly states the government scope of the federal government is (with all other powers reserved by the states and the people). It does not have any penalties if that scope is...
by TheStranger
Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: VMT v. Raising the gas tax...
Replies: 25
Views: 3386

Re: VMT v. Raising the gas tax...

I'd be keen on the vehicle tax, but I must ask: How does raising the fuel tax raise the cost of EVERYTHING else? I see it raising the cost of certain things, but not everything. It increases the cost of anything that has to be transported, which is every consumer good that I can think of. An extra ...
by TheStranger
Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More extremists denied UK entrance: Phelps Family
Replies: 44
Views: 4201

Re: More extremists denied UK entrance: Phelps Family

ParanoidAndroid: I believe it's Leviticus 20:13; "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads" Most Christians will say that the old testament is not applicable to modern da...
by TheStranger
Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: VMT v. Raising the gas tax...
Replies: 25
Views: 3386

Re: VMT v. Raising the gas tax...

The drawback is that raising fuel taxes does tend to be rather unpopular, so it's not something politicians are generally keen to do. Quite reasonably so... an increase in the fuel tax raises the costs of EVERYTHING else. This idea first turned up over a year ago in Oregon or Washington. Apparently...
by TheStranger
Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More extremists denied UK entrance: Phelps Family
Replies: 44
Views: 4201

Re: More extremists denied UK entrance: Phelps Family

Like I said w/ regards to that Dutch bloke, just because someone says something that you do not agree with does not mean that they should be banned.

Damn, I hate having to defend these jerks....
by TheStranger
Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9470

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

1 - Does each and every human have a right to a: have an employer b: be valued by that employer enough that the employer is willing to support their family above the poverty level No, nobody has a right to an employer... or to be paid above a certain amount. Employment is a voluntary agreement ente...
by TheStranger
Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Buffalo man allegedly beheads wife
Replies: 22
Views: 1841

Re: Buffalo man allegedly beheads wife

Further thoughts: It's not clear (despite the Star's reporting) that the killing had anything to do with religion. The BBC carries the same story, but without the insinuation. Unfortunately, due to actions by Muslim extremists in the Middle East any time a Muslim decapitates someone it will be seen...
by TheStranger
Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Assumptions and Reality
Replies: 18
Views: 2161

Re: Assumptions and Reality

Since Heisenberg, many have been brought to think of the question of uncertainty . Not necessarily in terms of electrons, entanglement, spin, etc. But mostly in Logic (well, at least it would be what i'd like to discuss in this thread) Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principal governs interactions at the ...
by TheStranger
Sat Feb 14, 2009 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Dutch MP Refused Entry to Britain" (for saying things)
Replies: 67
Views: 5909

Re: "Dutch MP Refused Entry to Britain" (for saying things)

That is far from what is happening here. Here, a person who is objectively harmful to society is being prevented from doing that harm. I don't agree with the manner in which that end was achieved, but difference between that and fascism is stark. As has already been stated the harm he does is far f...
by TheStranger
Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trash?
Replies: 14
Views: 2725

Re: Trash?

Shooting perfectly good elements into space is a waste of energy and those same elements.
by TheStranger
Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trash?
Replies: 14
Views: 2725

Re: Trash?

I meant that currently, mass of 'stuff' growing/increasing on earth [birth of organisms] far outweighs [literally] mass of things being destroyed [death of organisms]...Does that make sense? The total mass is not increasing, more of the mass (an exceptionally small percentage of the total planetary...
by TheStranger
Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Dutch MP Refused Entry to Britain" (for saying things)
Replies: 67
Views: 5909

Re: "Dutch MP Refused Entry to Britain" (for saying things)

We had this little hiccup in the thirties where half the place went fascist. It wasn't just Germany, but Italy, Spain and Portugal among others had Fascist governments, and extreme or very right wing parties gained support in Britain, Scandinavia, Hungary, Ireland and many other places. It was path...
by TheStranger
Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Dutch MP Refused Entry to Britain" (for saying things)
Replies: 67
Views: 5909

Re: "Dutch MP Refused Entry to Britain" (for saying things)

There is this little thing called "freedom of speech"... as much as we may disagree with the things that others say we cannot simply refuse to listen to what they have to say. The presence of such laws in Europe has always seemed, to me at least, to be something of a black mark against the...
by TheStranger
Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age Disparity Between Rights and Responsibilities
Replies: 22
Views: 2455

Re: Age discrimination: is there a better way?

So yes, an individual should have the right to drive, drink, marry, etc., at any age, but if we let five year olds go around driving, drinking, marrying, etc., then our society will fall apart. How about smoke, live on their own, be legally responsible for their own well being? I don't think that s...
by TheStranger
Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age Disparity Between Rights and Responsibilities
Replies: 22
Views: 2455

Re: Age discrimination: is there a better way?

Age is really one of the hard rules that can be applied to everyone (you either reach 18, or you die before). The exact age is always arbitrary (a given 17yo is no more mature then a given 18yo) but it since maturity has to be marked at some point...
by TheStranger
Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 93637

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

Obviously even if we have enough for thousands of years, that doesn't really answer the question about what happens when our supplies sufficiently dwindle. If there was sufficient time between now and then, one possibility would be that continued technological development would make renewable sourc...
by TheStranger
Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Bailout "Pork" List
Replies: 170
Views: 11076

Re: GOP Bailout "Pork" List

It's much more fundamental than that. It's called reactive power. Solar and Wind just don't make much. What you need is a huge steam plant with a massive spinning turbine. You get this from nuclear, coal, and gas (to a lesser extent). Steam units also correct for sudden changes in the grid which ca...
by TheStranger
Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 93637

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

Fusion reactors have the unfortunate side effect of eventually becoming radioactive. They also have the unfortunate side effect of not producing any net gain in energy... [citation needed] Though Fusion power would be great it's not working yet, and until it does I wouldn't bet on it as a viable po...
by TheStranger
Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 93637

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

Why couldn't you just wire them up in a sequence? Like you can with batteries? For a cluster of them in the same geographical location yes... but you cannot wire up every wind farm in sequence then feed it into the grid. Besides you cannot just wire a wind tower directly into the grid, you need tra...
by TheStranger
Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Shoe Hurled as Chinese PM speaks" (at Cambridge)
Replies: 29
Views: 2910

Re: "Shoe Hurled as Chinese PM speaks" (at Cambridge)

Jahoclave wrote:I knew it, Redcoat usage!


cursed Redcoats! Don't they know this is America!
by TheStranger
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should drugs be tested on criminals?
Replies: 83
Views: 8885

Re: Should drugs be tested on criminals?

In my first post I was meaning criminals that had committed serious offenses, like murder and rape. Of course you don't force someone to take drugs if they have just stolen a car or some other minor act. However, should a murderer have any human rights at all? Surely whoever he murdered had the rig...
by TheStranger
Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 1200 killed, many more injured in Israeli attacks in Gaza
Replies: 670
Views: 41923

Re: 1200 killed, many more injured in Israeli attacks in Gaza

So, calling Israel's response disproportionate is one thing. For Olmert to plainly state that the response will be disproportionate is another. It's not as though Israel is fighting an enemy sword to utterly destroy it? War is not about about proportional responses, it is about hammering your enemy...
by TheStranger
Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should drugs be tested on criminals?
Replies: 83
Views: 8885

Re: Should drugs be tested on criminals?

Even if everyone in prison deserved to be there (was a criminal) then drug testing on prisoners would still not be ethical. You are performing possibly hazardous experiments on an unwilling population (can a prisoner consent to such testing?) which is quite unethical regardless of how that populatio...
by TheStranger
Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 93637

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

For personal / home use small scale solar and wind may prove viable... just as larger scale implementations can act to supplement baseline power generation. However to meet the large scale demands of the grid a nuclear baseline would be the most efficient and cost effective course of action. The dow...
by TheStranger
Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nuclear fusion-fission hybrid
Replies: 6
Views: 1842

Re: Nuclear fusion-fission hybrid

Very awesome, are there any problems that nuclear power cannot solve?
by TheStranger
Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 1200 killed, many more injured in Israeli attacks in Gaza
Replies: 670
Views: 41923

Re: 1200 killed, many more injured in Israeli attacks in Gaza

ahh Hammas, they can't even last a week without bombing someone. I heard on NPR this morning that Hammas had praised the attacks (though no mention of them taking direct credit).
by TheStranger
Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 297420

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

What I see most is specific examples, like "custody cases favor women". Incidentally: every single time you see this, demand a citation that controls for which parent has been the primary caregiver. Isn't that a result of the discrimination inherent in our society? Doesn't it then become ...
by TheStranger
Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The least racist country?
Replies: 107
Views: 16207

Re: The least racist country?

the very fact that we have had large numbers of immigrants and minorities come in and become reasonably economically successful is much more than most western country can claim. Unless they're hispanic. I'll be sure to mention that to the Hispanic business owners I know (one of the VP of a company ...

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