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by Sunshine!
Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Expansive Presidential Power For At least Another Decade
Replies: 45
Views: 5792

Re: Expansive Presidential Power For At least Another Decade

Releasing the proper evidence to justify the assassination of Al-Awlaki could compromise informants who may be in dangerous places. The specific information related to his location may have been known to only a few people; if whatever tipped off the US government were to become known publicly we cou...
by Sunshine!
Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 211405

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

KnightExemplar, the problem is that camping out for a month in Zucotti park is what got them noticed. The MSM went, what was it, four weeks before their first story about the Occupy movement? If they stop having a constant presence, they stop being recognized, it's as simple as that. They are only m...
by Sunshine!
Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitude
Replies: 66
Views: 8459

Re: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitu

I didn't make myself clear on the subject of "consumerism," but I did append (loose generalization) to what I said. However, in the future, I will try to make my comments as specific as possible and cover all possible contingencies and... oh wait, that'll make my posts completely unreadabl...
by Sunshine!
Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitude
Replies: 66
Views: 8459

Re: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitu

Zamfir: I'm not overselling my case at all. Yes, the best it promises is Pareto Optimality, but total welfare under perfect competition will be higher than under another form of competition that includes deadweight loss from a firm being able to produce distortions based on market power. Everything ...
by Sunshine!
Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitude
Replies: 66
Views: 8459

Re: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitu

I phrased what I was saying poorly as well. The typical assumption is that firms and agents act rationally; firms maximize profits, and agents maximize utility (usually based on consumption and either utility form leisure or disutility form labor). Within a perfectly competitive framework, where eac...
by Sunshine!
Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitude
Replies: 66
Views: 8459

Re: Hershey forces exchange students into indentured servitu

Ghostbear: If your introductory college economics classes failed to mention that perfect competition is impossible, that's the failing of whichever professor was teaching that course, not of economics in general. Economists are well aware of the issues of assuming perfect competition, and a great de...
by Sunshine!
Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 211405

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

I've proposed an amendment to the Constitution. Thoughts? I was feeling a bit lofty with that. A new legislative body, comprised of general assemblies like the ones occurring right now. I'm seriously confused. Even with the explanation from other people, I'm seriously confused. Before you start &qu...
by Sunshine!
Tue Oct 04, 2011 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 211405

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

If we can make sure that affluent financiers allocate their capital for their long term best interests, that should align with economic growth, even if the affluent didn't give a damn about the poor. Economic theory relies on knowing that people are rational, that firms are perfectly competitive, a...
by Sunshine!
Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anwar al-Awlaki killed
Replies: 155
Views: 12415

Re: Anwar al-Awlaki killed

In CorruptUser's defense, I do recall some extremist Arab leader who advocated the use of female sex slaves as a deterrent against premarital sex (because, for whatever reason, the sex slave doesn't count.) I think that was a female legislator in an Arab country. So, not so much "leader" ...
by Sunshine!
Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yasheng Huang: Does democracy stifle economic growth?
Replies: 8
Views: 2633

Re: Yasheng Huang: Does democracy stifle economic growth?

On average, I would guess democracy does not stifle growth. Compared to other, more autocratic forms of government, I would guess that democracy has less fluctuations in its growth, because the necessary dispersion of power would mitigate any overwhelmingly positive or overwhelmingly negative effect...
by Sunshine!
Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 47126

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

If I remember correctly, There is no way to prevent a person from getting pregnant other than moving their reproductive organs. That or, you know, abstinence. With caveat of your trigger warning, of course. I seem to remember a story from the Bible that says something along the lines of, "If Go...
by Sunshine!
Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 47126

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

Elvish Pillager: That’s one argument I have never heard before, but if you want to talk about "right to bodily autonomy" then I will say this, there is a way to prevent a person from becoming pregnant, so given this, why should we allow a person who chose to become pregnant to then kill t...
by Sunshine!
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape
Replies: 610
Views: 47410

Re: IMF Chief arrested in New York for attempted rape

As I understand it (from what was brought up in the actual Assange discussion thread ages ago), Sweden's laws concerning rape are different, where women can retroactively withdraw consent for sexual activity. Regarding the sex-while-asleep case, a likely scenario is that the sex continued because th...
by Sunshine!
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Unedited Wikileaks cables accidentally leaked
Replies: 53
Views: 9074

Re: Unedited Wikileaks cables accidentally leaked

Just wanted to point out, since it seems to have been lost in translation, that D-Berg was not responsible for either the data leak or the password leak, so we should probably stop blaming him for... anything, really. It was a group of Wikileaks volunteers accidentally re-releasing data into a publi...
by Sunshine!
Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Government has secretly been loaning bail money
Replies: 36
Views: 3708

Re: US Government has secretly been loaning bail money

The numbers involved here defy belief. Isn't $16 trillion more than the entire US national debt? What happened to all this money? How come nobody noticed that there was all of a sudden a gigantic pile of money floating around the system that wasn't there before? I'd like to think that heads will ro...
by Sunshine!
Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No "him" or "her" in Preschool
Replies: 61
Views: 6530

Re: No "him" or "her" in Preschool

"my" article? I... do not find the linked article very convincing. Especially considering it's on Suite101 . Also I did not take issue with the article only because it's on a content farm; the fact that it was on a content farm was one of many reasons for being dubious about its usefulnes...
by Sunshine!
Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Krokodil; The Drug That Eats Junkies
Replies: 69
Views: 11460

Re: Krokodil; The Drug That Eats Junkies

The junkies may not have, but some guy had to come up with this process and he was probably decent at chemistry. He invents it, he names it. Simple.
by Sunshine!
Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No "him" or "her" in Preschool
Replies: 61
Views: 6530

Re: No "him" or "her" in Preschool

Unsupported claims (and other poor writing practices) are somewhat the standard rather than the exception on content farms. That's certainly a given, but it doesn't automatically discount the chance of there being a well written article there. As far as I can tell from your article, there isn't a s...
by Sunshine!
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Legislature Approves Anti-Pat-Down Bill
Replies: 19
Views: 2322

Re: Texas Legislature Approves Anti-Pat-Down Bill

Jahoclave wrote:Well, yep, now I'm confused. Republicans actually voting for less government interference. You don't see that much.


EPA?
by Sunshine!
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No "him" or "her" in Preschool
Replies: 61
Views: 6530

Re: No "him" or "her" in Preschool

I have less of an issue with it being on Suite101 than I do with the author making an unsupported claim (that male children are actively discouraged from participating in stereotypically masculine activities).
by Sunshine!
Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why are US crime rates dropping? Theories
Replies: 40
Views: 5870

Re: Why are US crime rates dropping? Theories

Decker wrote:Obesity has been going up as crime as been going down.

In conclusion. Skinny people are evil.


More likely that obese people have a more difficult time assaulting someone from their motor scooter, let alone trying to conduct a burglary.
by Sunshine!
Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S fought to lower minimum wage in Haiti
Replies: 73
Views: 6092

Re: U.S fought to lower minimum wage in Haiti

There's no need for a college education for working in most industry as a machinist or whatnot. Yes, they do need some college educated individuals to maintain the robots or make sure things are to spec, but the people working on the floor? If unions didn't exist and it were cheap enough to train th...
by Sunshine!
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 25350

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

well that becomes a little bit more difficult. But gender is a function of ones sex, so i see nothing wrong with classifying it as such. I have nothing wrong with people being LGBT, and i shouldn't have to defend myself on this since I have said nothing bigoted or anti LGBT, I'm just classifying ge...
by Sunshine!
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 25350

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

Physically or mentally becomes? Because it seems relatively clear that "he" is mentally a she, regardless of physical parts. Referring to her as otherwise would be like me only referring to you as her. Or dickface. It could potentially be damaging when it comes to self-respect or personal ...
by Sunshine!
Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 25350

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

Also guys and gals, let's remember that she started these attempts when she was 12, not when she first went to prison at 18, which points to a longstanding and identifiable mental state given consistent behavior. Repeat after me: her attempts at gender reassignment did not start as a result of arriv...
by Sunshine!
Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 25350

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

No matter how much you don't want a dick, cutting it off is tantamount to suicide. In what sense? As long as we're pointing out things that have been neglected... Giving the benefit of the doubt, I'm guessing he'd be referring to something along the lines of the repercussions of a home surgery rath...
by Sunshine!
Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 25350

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

If we keep talking about hypotheticals, there's going to be endless excuses for not doing something. Let's look at it this way: we know there is at least one problem, and possibly others. We know we can likely fix the problem we know about, but since we don't know what other problems she has, and sh...
by Sunshine!
Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 25350

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

EDIT:Although I just thought, chances are prison isn't exactly helpful for making these evaluations. Maybe she's been turned down a number of times by unqualified prison psychiatrists. You're missing the part where she first attempted this when she was 12, and that the likely motive of her robbing ...
by Sunshine!
Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trigger]
Replies: 403
Views: 25350

Re: Inmate Ophelia De'lonta sues for medical treatment [trig

While I don't know anything about the effectiveness of Gender Reassignment surgery, this is not always the case in surgery. In general, I would think it's often hard to surgery for double-blind studies. In this case though, even after two published double-blind studies showing arthroscopic surgery ...
by Sunshine!
Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "The world is getting warmer" said Romney
Replies: 42
Views: 6070

Re: "The world is getting warmer" said Romney

Forests tend to be net heat increasers if I remember correctly, so its not always clear either how changes to the land will affect things like this. From what I understand of city planning (which is relatively little), cities are attempting to include more trees and other greenspaces these days bec...
by Sunshine!
Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "The world is getting warmer" said Romney
Replies: 42
Views: 6070

Re: "The world is getting warmer" said Romney

Who uses quicken on a magic missile anyway? It's not like you need to pay taxes on your magic missiles unless you're living in a very bizarre world.
by Sunshine!
Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I would like to talk about marmots.
Replies: 72
Views: 7975

Re: I would like to talk about marmots.

A google images search reveals that they are adorably cute! http://bss.sfsu.edu/holzman/courses/Fall01%20projects/ybmarmotfigure3.jpg If you look closely, you can see that this marmot is actually wearing a marmot fur coat. Note the fuzzy collar, and slight difference in coloration between the head ...
by Sunshine!
Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kuwaiti woman politician calls to legalize sex slavery
Replies: 41
Views: 5766

Re: Kuwaiti woman politician calls to legalize sex slavery

In a very twisted sense, she's actually kind of progressive and not at all making a point about being part of the Women Are Too Damn Uppity coalition. There's kind of a cultural norm that women are considered to be temptresses; if a man sexually harasses a woman, it's not because he's a douchebag, i...
by Sunshine!
Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kuwaiti woman politician calls to legalize sex slavery
Replies: 41
Views: 5766

Re: Kuwaiti woman politician calls to legalize sex slavery

I'd be willing to hazard a guess that this is already something of a practice in some parts of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, given their propensity to maintain low-income immigrant workers from other countries (India, Philippines) as virtual slaves. After all, to extremists, what does it matter if they'...
by Sunshine!
Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rick Santorum Officially Declares Candidacy
Replies: 47
Views: 4188

Re: Rick Santorum Officially Declares Candidacy

[Conspiracy Theory] The republican establishment is fielding a pile of bad candidates so that when they finally announce their mediocre candidate, their mediocre candidate will be like a beacon of shining hope to conservatism, and will sleep the election based on how good all the other conservatives...
by Sunshine!
Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 36794

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

Has anyone considered that the War on Drugs might be an unmitigated disaster because there are other societal factors that haven't been addressed that could dramatically reduce the crime level? If we could address the problem of immigration in a valid manner, and spend more time providing better eco...
by Sunshine!
Sun May 29, 2011 6:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why we shouldn't ban guns...
Replies: 201
Views: 27746

Re: Why we shouldn't ban guns...

Guys, guys. Sadly, I can invalidate half of your arguments so easily it's not even funny. See below: http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq281/xboxproscar/afa46171.jpg You just can't counter an argument like that with a dog. See exhibit 2 for proof: http://images.icanhascheezburger.com/completestore/...
by Sunshine!
Sat May 28, 2011 3:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his friend
Replies: 138
Views: 10390

Re: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his fri

Minor bit of pedantry, but the teen that was shot dead never actually aimed his gun at the police. Not saying that the shooting wasn't justified, just that the officer never claimed she was actually aimed at.
by Sunshine!
Wed May 25, 2011 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama on Change in the Middle East
Replies: 52
Views: 4909

Re: Obama on Change in the Middle East

Why wouldn't there be an Al-Qaida government, or even shadow government? They already have a decent presence in the country, and the instability makes for prime recruiting grounds. They could at least become powerful enough to influence the government through threats and increased terrorism in an in...
by Sunshine!
Tue May 24, 2011 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama on Change in the Middle East
Replies: 52
Views: 4909

Re: Obama on Change in the Middle East

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110524/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_yemen;_ylt=AjLEFBiFYyWLTZhlBGEDxU2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFidnNzZzRrBHBvcwM1MwRzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX3dvcmxkBHNsawN5ZW1lbm9mZmljaWE- Yemen's lost it. We'll probably see the start of a full-blown civil war in a couple of days because Saleh is a tool.

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