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by Malice
Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sequester Part II, The Tea Party Strikes Back
Replies: 323
Views: 23224

Re: Fiscal Cliff Ends, For Now, Debt Ceiling in 2 Months

We can't (and shouldn't) touch health care in any major way until The Affordable Care Act is fully implemented and the system adjusts to it. The trillion dollar coin is a very silly option, and worse than a clean debt ceiling raise, but it's many times better than fucking over the poor yet again (or...
by Malice
Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sequester Part II, The Tea Party Strikes Back
Replies: 323
Views: 23224

Re: Fiscal Cliff Ends, For Now, Debt Ceiling in 2 Months

In reality, the US has only 3 ways of dealing with the debt. The 1st way is to print it all away, via hyperinflation. The 2nd is to reneg on it at least partially, which would still lead to hyperinflation and other problems. The 3rd way is to magically fix the economy to the point where the US can ...
by Malice
Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sequester Part II, The Tea Party Strikes Back
Replies: 323
Views: 23224

Re: Fiscal Cliff Ends, For Now, Debt Ceiling in 2 Months

Thanks for your analysis. Although, the primary point was that whether or not we increase our debt... we are dependent on the trajectory of future interest rates to some degree. Around 4 trillion is going to roll over this year, meaning that even if our deficit were zero, a rising interest rate mea...
by Malice
Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 36784

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

I think the point of confusion is this: Nobody disagrees with "...legitimate killing does not necessarily have to be the result of a judicial process or a crime...". It's just irrelevant. As somebody who has read the rest of the thread, I don't think that's irrelevant at all. The argument ...
by Malice
Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 139671

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Apparently about half of Republicans think ACORN stole the election for the Democrats: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/12/republicans-not-handling-election-results-well.html tldr: ACORN doesn't exist anymore. Yeah, Acorn def had some bad apples, but I don't understand why it still gets...
by Malice
Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 139671

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

That same PPP poll included a question to see how people felt about Simpson-Bowles, the deficit reduction plan that didn't get implemented. 39% of people had an opinion, whereas only 25% of people had an opinion on Panetta-Burns, a fictional plan that PPP made up to see how many morons would say the...
by Malice
Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 36784

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

This is a wonderful step towards an advanced future where battles are fought by people like Ender and the only casualties are machines. This is a good thing . Ender's Game is a wonderful example of why turning a war into a video game results in MORE casualties and ACTUAL genocide. By separating End...
by Malice
Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 36784

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

Drones are just tools. If your issue is with the US killing anybody outside of its borders, then that's your issue, and the tool used to accomplish that is immaterial. Torture ("enhanced interrogation") was setting a bad precedent because that was a type of action, not a method, and a type...
by Malice
Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 139671

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Deciding that a graceful concession speech was a bit over the top, Romney has kicked into sore loser mode, and blamed his loss on Obama's "gifts" to his constituents. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/romney-blames-loss-on-obamas-gifts-to-minorities-and-young-voters/?hp Its fu...
by Malice
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 14668

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

Yeah yeah yeah the system is broken both parties are bad blah blah blah wishing things were better is not going to change anything and in the meantime voting against Obama is, I believe, morally unconscionable. Voting to continue a broken two-party system is not going to change anything, and actual...
by Malice
Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 14668

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

I would have to disagree with A. A government is not supposed to be there to push their own agenda onto us. Since the tax money is actually OURS then it should be used to fund OUR plan, not the plan of the people who take it from us. If we as taxpayers don't start insisting that the agenda being fu...
by Malice
Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 139671

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Saying that is a bit like watching a mugging and bemoaning the fact that neither the mugger nor the guy being mugged are willing to work together to split the contents of the wallet. If one side is not willing to negotiate then it is disingenuous to say "neither side can get this done".
by Malice
Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 139671

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Even so, I'm still kind of floored by how effective making things up and refusing to answer questions in the debate has gone for him. I felt like he was the clear loser in the debate, but apparently your average undecided voter feels very differently. The polls are also kind of muddled. At the same...
by Malice
Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 14668

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

This answer comes from a complete lack of understanding of any side of the argument but your own. Whether or not the 'single payer' system will help unemployment really doesn't matter to me. I do not think that the federal government should have the power to mandate that I purchase anything and on ...
by Malice
Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 14668

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

Impeach: "How dare you imply that voters are manipulated by the media! For example, [Fox News talking points]!!" Point by point: 1. Yes, Fox News is worse than the rest. Nobody else puts out graphs like this: http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/images/item/fnc-an-20111212-markedchart...
by Malice
Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians
Replies: 72
Views: 10787

Re: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians

If that's an acceptable solution to you, then surely we can use drone strikes all we want as long as we compensate the victims' families. That's going to be significantly cheaper than compensating American terrorist victims. Are you sure? How many Americans do you think die to terrorist attacks per...
by Malice
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians
Replies: 72
Views: 10787

Re: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians

The long-term problem is extremism, and the best way to fix that is nation-building. Ah yes, nation-building that most successful of all strategies. After a mere decade the gleaming spires of Kabul truly are the wonder of the Middle East and for only a modicum of expenditure. However I do have rese...
by Malice
Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians
Replies: 72
Views: 10787

Re: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians

Our choices boil down to doing nothing (which is extremely problematic for obvious reasons) or some kind of military intervention This really isn't obvious to me. Doing something isn't always going to keep folk safer than "doing nothing", that is why the advice is not to go into a burning...
by Malice
Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians
Replies: 72
Views: 10787

Re: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians

Look at it from the US's perspective. Pakistan harbors terrorists; the nation's government is either unwilling, unable or both to find and arrest/deport the terrorists. Our choices boil down to doing nothing (which is extremely problematic for obvious reasons) or some kind of military intervention, ...
by Malice
Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Replies: 74
Views: 9804

Re: Tech Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Has this been posted yet? It appears to be a point by point refutation of the original article.
by Malice
Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN blog notes that 31 states gives Rapists custody of child
Replies: 66
Views: 9149

Re: CNN blog notes that 31 states gives Rapists custody of c

Don't think it's so much easier for the men falsely accused of rape than for women to go through the process of prosecuting the rapist. Keep in mind that if you claim that it's better that 99 guilty men go free than to let 1 innocent man go to prison, you believe that you should let 99 rapists go f...
by Malice
Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN blog notes that 31 states gives Rapists custody of child
Replies: 66
Views: 9149

Re: CNN blog notes that 31 states gives Rapists custody of c

But that was SCOTUS. Those pricks should know better. Old white men, eh? Yes, they should. If I get in your car without your permission and drive it around the block (even though you left the keys in the ignition) then I'm going to prison for car theft. The fact that I didn't damage your car is irr...
by Malice
Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: FDA tobacco warning law struck down by appellate court
Replies: 56
Views: 59907

Re: FDA tobacco warning law struck down by appellate court

Even if it was proven that such labels are effective, I'd say that it's not quite proper to force companies to advertise against themselves. It's not advertising against themselves so much as the government forcing them to provide specific information to their customers. If you're going to sell lun...
by Malice
Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rep. Akin: Rape doesn't cause pregnancy (possible trigger)
Replies: 192
Views: 17380

Re: Rep. Akin: Rape doesn't cause pregnancy (possible trigge

If you think every single republican on that bill read it carefully and considered it word for word, you sadly misunderstand how politics happens. It's unlikely that most of them even read the bill entirely. I'm with Belial. What's the meaningful difference between a representative that will sign a...
by Malice
Sun May 20, 2012 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 33439

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

(And it IS a distortion of any TRUE religious belief, by which we could also say ANY, because no one believes the thing they are saying people believe . No one believes gay marriage is going to magically make them, themselves, stop believing in god or no longer have a faith. And if they DID, they w...
by Malice
Thu May 03, 2012 4:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 61478

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

2. You're conflating "sale" and "commerce". A corporation that operates in multiple states is, of necessity, intrastate commerce. Nobody, not even the plaintiff in this case, disputes the federal governments ability to regulate insurance companies. What the necessary and proper ...
by Malice
Tue May 01, 2012 7:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The War on Women
Replies: 96
Views: 13523

Re: The War on Women

I don't think that "The war on women" is good branding; it does nothing but introduce a red herring to the debate. If you use it, all someone in favor of banning abortion has to prove is that they are not on a war against women and they bring people to their side of the new, pointless deb...
by Malice
Tue May 01, 2012 5:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The War on Women
Replies: 96
Views: 13523

Re: The War on Women

The "War on Women" is branding; like all branding, it's somewhat inaccurate but highly effective. It puts a name to and crystallizes the emotions resulting from watching bill after bill in state and federal legislatures proposed (and in many cases passed) attacking women's health and right...
by Malice
Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43045

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Va. to wom

NitePhyyre, I'd appreciate if you responded to me in a civil tone. Thanks. This also leads to the interesting questions of: can we even fix the problem without expanding it first? Yes and no. Part of the fixing involves preventative measures; part of the fixing involves reacting to offenses. Until w...
by Malice
Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43045

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warni

Why would having a gender-segregated military make it less effective? Also, I don't think those priorities are absolute: there is a certain amount of safety that could outweigh a much smaller amount of effectiveness, for example. Sure. But even without having numbers on the effectiveness, you said ...
by Malice
Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43045

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warni

Those seem like things making separate practically equivalent to unequal, not inherently unequal. But that's a nitpick. However, a situation in which one group is raped and the other isn't isn't particularly equal either. I'd rather go with the safer inequality. I'm not talking about the equality o...
by Malice
Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43045

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Va. to wom

Separate is inherently unequal. How do you figure? In a broader sense, to separate two groups of people based on specific criteria will inevitably result in value judgements attaching to those criteria, even if the criteria are entirely arbitrary . In a specific sense, separating all men from all w...
by Malice
Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43045

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Va. to wom

It isn't about who is to blame. It is about how to get the most effective fighting force. Those posts weren't about blame, they were about identifying the source of the problem -- once the source is located, you can then attempt to fix it. The problem here is the attitudes and actions of some of th...
by Malice
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43045

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warni

You pretty much got that there, and hopefully communicated it more clearly than I have. I would make the correction that while volunteering for the military might not be a right, equal treatment is. Then how can you in good conscience deny women their right to equal treatment, regardless of the dan...
by Malice
Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43045

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warni

Sourmilk appears to be arguing: A: Governments should not create unnecessarily safe situations. B: In (A), "unnecessarily" applies to desegregating on gender lines, because (C) C: Volunteering for the military is not a right. D: A significant increase in rape = "unsafe", where si...
by Malice
Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 43045

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warni

If the government has the responsibility to not create unsafe situations, why do we have a military at all? Rape is a danger for women in combat; so is combat . Just as we work to make combat as safe as possible, we should work to make "being around soldiers" as safe as possible, which mea...
by Malice
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 22194

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

And then there's a very simple and incredibly important Saving American Democracy Amendment authored by Bernie Sanders: Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people... I might be wrong, but aren't corporations legal persons by definition? I'm also not really sure wha...
by Malice
Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 22194

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

Reelection is always hanging over them and dictating to a large degree votes that could cost them the next election. I think you should re-examine your assumption that elected representatives should vote with their constituency as little as possible. The flip side of "she bravely voted for min...
by Malice
Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape victim jailed... in California (Trigger!)
Replies: 76
Views: 8940

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

She has refused to testify and actively ran away when it came time for court appearances. Seeing as I'd like the alleged scumbag locked up, it's a necessary measure. So people should be jailed for not doing what you want them to do? Fuck that. Material witness orders have been around for a long tim...

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