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by Aetre
Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 27137

Re: Age of Consent in US

Ati responded for me, but yeah. I've also heard of students being expelled for having sex with each other, though I can't give a link to back that up. Also, it seems the rules have changed quite a bit; I just checked Maryland's law, and wouldn't you know it, turns out their rules are fairly sane . W...
by Aetre
Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 27137

Re: Age of Consent in US

A good question, the only answer to which is to alter the law that is making their acts "criminal." And what I meant by ineffectual was that it cannot ethically be enforced (you'd be arresting too many people, you'd have to break privacy laws to do it, etc.). And any law that cannot ethica...
by Aetre
Sun Apr 06, 2008 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 27137

Re: Age of Consent in US

Kaiyas wrote:
Aetre wrote:But if a 16 year old and another 16 year old have sex, that should not be illegal.

It isn't.

Where I live it is.
by Aetre
Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of Consent in US
Replies: 297
Views: 27137

Re: Age of Consent in US

There has to be a line, yes. 18 is way too high, though. Hardly anyone even respects that law when they're teenagers. Average age of losing virginity (from what I can gather online) seems to beabout 16 or 17, and when we're in an age where middle schools are handing out condoms, someone has to reali...
by Aetre
Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 173190

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

I'm counting 3 pathways to get a resistance of 3 ohms, 8 ways to get 5 ohms, 14 to get 7 ohms... Stopped counting there, and I wouldn't be surprised if I missed one or two paths in there. But just keep counting and see what it converges to. If I had to guess, though, because it's a google labs test,...
by Aetre
Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?
Replies: 303
Views: 24288

Re: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?

The problem with benevolent use of power is, 1. everyone's got a different idea of "benevolent," and 2. ya can't do squat if ya don't spend a considerable amount of time reinforcing and maintaining your own power... which sometimes necessitates less-than-benevolent means. Most evils done b...
by Aetre
Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?
Replies: 303
Views: 24288

Re: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?

I'm still amazed Paul has made it this far. But hey! Here he is!

Now I just gotta change my party registration... Welp, I'll do that at some point this week.
by Aetre
Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Father of modern genetics claims blacks stupider than whites
Replies: 124
Views: 11874

Re: Father of modern genetics claims blacks stupider than whites

Intelligence is very highly linked to genetics as well as environment. So the statement "genes affect one's intelligence" is absolutely true. But it ignores the other half of the issue (environment), as well as individual results that do not place with the norm, etc.... And to extend it to...
by Aetre
Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay
Replies: 128
Views: 10169

Re: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

Very well, then. I retract the word, "apostles." Insert "followers" instead. That, and the point was to show that the New Testament does indeed include this condemnation of homosexuality.
by Aetre
Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay
Replies: 128
Views: 10169

Re: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

As to the whole 'anti-gay' thing... AFAIK (and correct me if I'm wrong), homosexuality is only stated against in the Old Testament. Nope. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV): "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idola...
by Aetre
Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Do you qualify to be an American citizen?
Replies: 105
Views: 9830

Re: Do you qualify to be an American citizen?

25/25, no cheating. But I did guess on Susan B. Anthony.
by Aetre
Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The the Ronpaul Thread
Replies: 145
Views: 17674

Re: The the Ronpaul Thread

BVD wrote:(correct me if I'm wrong, Aetre)

Nope, I pretty much agree with everything you said. :)
by Aetre
Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The the Ronpaul Thread
Replies: 145
Views: 17674

Re: The the Ronpaul Thread

I cut off that part because I'd already addressed it. But I'll repeat: when the person in charge is appointed and not elected, and the organization is not local, there are going to be problems. I'm not saying your idealistic situation of people gathering funds and then distributing them where they'r...
by Aetre
Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The the Ronpaul Thread
Replies: 145
Views: 17674

Re: The the Ronpaul Thread

I don't think the current state of FEMA is a good counter-argument; the Bush administration has put a lot of time and effort into cutting off FEMA and other government programs at the knees (reducing much-needed funding)... See, this is exactly what I meant. "The Government program isn't worki...
by Aetre
Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The the Ronpaul Thread
Replies: 145
Views: 17674

Re: The the Ronpaul Thread

Because it's horribly inefficient. And that's the last thing you need in life-and-death situation of disaster response. States are closer to their voters, so state response tends to be a little more efficient. Compare New Orleans to Galvaston. Galvaston completely rebuilt itself after a hurricane wi...
by Aetre
Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "End of America"?
Replies: 82
Views: 9684

Well, it's necessary for a dictatorship. What you're speaking of would be more of a corporate aristocracy scenario--which is still bad, but not quite the same.
by Aetre
Sat Sep 22, 2007 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "End of America"?
Replies: 82
Views: 9684

The list forgets one crucial thing:

Nationalize (or, make "public") the entire economy, or as many economic sectors as possible.

In and of itself, that doesn't lead to a dictatorship, but it's just as important a step as controlling the press, I'd think.
by Aetre
Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: God hates Shrimp
Replies: 34
Views: 5457

This is kind of an old game, but my favorite in the "god hates" series is this.

That, and godhatesfurries.com, which actually has nothing to do with religion at all. Even though it keeps getting hatemail on the subject.
by Aetre
Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The the Ronpaul Thread
Replies: 145
Views: 17674

So what you are saying is "Racist? I don't care, Crazy? I don't care, hypocrit? I don't care, Religiously loony? I don't care. Low taxes? GIMME SOME OF THAT!" I see you like to oversimplify and skew. Interesting. Okay, I'm done talking with you. On the subject of coercion, I've always tho...
by Aetre
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Defying the laws of physics
Replies: 19
Views: 4316

Okay, so this secret liquid: How does it actually react in the thing, and how much of it is needed? Because isn't it possible that much of the energy you're getting out of the device comes from this fuel? My thoughts, too. Something has to be a fuel source here. Also, the problem presented for all ...
by Aetre
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The the Ronpaul Thread
Replies: 145
Views: 17674

Oh and perhaps I should point out I havn't read any Tolstoy so your witty description was not so effective. Good point. I should refrain from going over your head with a literary reference so simple it only necessitates a mere look at the thickness of such a novel, not an actual read through it, to...
by Aetre
Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism in the United States
Replies: 120
Views: 10051

It would also create a huge loophole opportunity for companies that could somehow get their shares declared "exempt." Remember that with the passing of any law there will generally be exceptions made.
by Aetre
Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The the Ronpaul Thread
Replies: 145
Views: 17674

Not that I'm normally one to challenge those who post in the format of a poorly spelled translation of a Tolstoy novel, much less moderators who do this, but... isn't it a bit ironic to take copy pasta from the biased Paul wiki you're criticizing and counter it with copy pasta from a different but e...
by Aetre
Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Government vis a vis Sexism and Racism
Replies: 48
Views: 4462

For such things as hiring, I'm for the colorblind system: no discrimination allowed, no reverse discrimination allowed.
by Aetre
Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Minors and Alcohol
Replies: 168
Views: 17339

I'm all for minors drinking. Anything to help them realize they're neither awesome nor indestructible is a good thing. Amen. Also, right now it's a huge problem with kids going off to college and suddenly binge drinking as soon as they get there (just about anyone who's ever been to an American uni...
by Aetre
Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

Sorry, I just went to news.google.com and typed in "Australian Health Care," and the following articles pop up: Symbion Health share holders reject - International Herald-Tribune (France) Rural women 'discouraged' from having babies - ABC Online, Australia Revive healthcare system 'or econ...
by Aetre
Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

Sorry you don't like the particular newspapers, Zenten. Perhaps Heartland could be a bit biased, but it does cite original sources within the article. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is usually extremely liberal, though; as is CBS. I'm reading the rest of the articles, but something that reflects act...
by Aetre
Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

Citations? Gladly.

Canada seems to have some substantial problems, eh?

Great Britain isn't doing so well either, and the rest of Europe seems to have issues, too.
by Aetre
Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

Odd; my mother's been on infectious disease panels in numerous countries where socialized medicine is directly responsible for a lot of deaths--particularly among the poor and middle class, and for the precise reason that they have to wait too long in too many cases for the "non-obvious" i...
by Aetre
Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

zenten wrote:What? I'm saying if you don't have social support programs, people die. That's very much on topic.
...You seriously credit the income tax with extending life expectancy?
by Aetre
Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censoring: Protecting Us? Or Infringment on Our Rights?
Replies: 20
Views: 3144

Count me on the "infringing on our rights" side.
by Aetre
Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A thought on automation and job losses
Replies: 19
Views: 3562

Think back to the middle ages. If you could get a hamburger in less than a minute just by walking into the right building and ordering one, what would it cost? First, there would be the beef--not impossible in the middle ages, but of course it would have to be very well cooked. There would have to b...
by Aetre
Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The the Ronpaul Thread
Replies: 145
Views: 17674

The short answer, Khonsu, is that libertarians would tend to make such things more local than federal--which admittedly works better for some things than for others. Criminal issues especially, though, would be handled by the states and localities, meaning they would have to gather their own funds (...
by Aetre
Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

And that has to do with the railroads to rural towns... how?

Too much non-sequitur, man.
by Aetre
Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

Aetre, under your system, who would pay for a goods railway between a rural town, and a city? ... I, personally, would happily multiple changes that would adjust how income tax works, possibly even negating it.. but I'm not trying to reduce the amount of government money. I'm just interested in mak...
by Aetre
Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

The seller chooses what to stock, and economically it makes no difference in the final price of the item whether the seller or buyer is charged. So I see no problem with that.
by Aetre
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

I respect the need for a legal definition of the term, but to say that the legal definition (written by our legislature, i.e. our government) is the only valid one is questionable at best. That's like a God saying "Sin is hereby defined as something I'm incapable of." If you have a better ...
by Aetre
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

@mosc dictionary.com I see "wrongful," but I don't see "illegal" until a couple of definitions down the scroll list. webster's I see "unlawful..." in the second definition. "Felonious" appears in the first definition, but it seems only defined as "of, rel...
by Aetre
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

I think we're talking past each other, Zenten. Taking money out of one's salary is theft, because their choice of job had nothing to do with the fact that they are taxed. A doctor earning $150,000 a year pays the same income tax as a stock broker earning $150,000 a year. So regardless your choices, ...
by Aetre
Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democratic Socialism
Replies: 176
Views: 15968

But it's up front, and it's based on a choice. If you choose to buy a certain $4 item instead of another $4 item, you might have to pay a $1 tax. The income tax, on the other hand, taxes you at a certain percentage for every $40,000-a-year job, regardless your choice for line of work. So it's not en...

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