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by Veracious Sole
Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26547

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

So here's a question. If I say "what you just said was racist", why is that an attack? Why do you immediately say "NO IT WASN'T!" and raegquaat your job, rather than attempting to see what you did wrong? The question that started this thread was "Who's the racist?" The...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26547

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

If she doesn't know (or, more likely, would never consider or entertain the thought) that those thoughts and rhetoric are racist, why do I care? Because like it or not, she (and her ignorance) represent a lot of people across the country. When we respond to her it's like responding to them. If we r...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26547

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

Judging by your avatar, I take it you know this by plumbing the depths of her mind using spooky powers? The problem with using intent is that, barring said spooky powers, you don't know intent. The things she said follow racist patterns, play into racist ideas (black people are only voting for the ...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26547

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

It's not racist, because it's not. It's stupid and patronizing, but it not said from a sense of superiority over another race. Just Dr. Laura's usual sense of superiority over everyone.
by Veracious Sole
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26547

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

Just as magic as perception.
by Veracious Sole
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26547

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

Because one group is reclaiming a racist word to attempt to take the potency out of it. If the word can only be used as a term of endearment by one race, then you aren't taking away the potency. The other group used the word for generations as part of a system which made black people lower on the t...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26547

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

What defines racism? Is it perception or intent? It's easy to see how Dr. Laura's conversation could be perceived as racist, but the inflammatory words she throws around aren't necessarily driven by hate. It would seem she is honestly confused as to why some Americans can say this word while others ...
by Veracious Sole
Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Researchers develop robot abandonment issues.
Replies: 0
Views: 968

Researchers develop robot abandonment issues.

I can't wait to get a degree in robot psychology. They are programmed to learn to adapt to the actions and mood of their human caregivers, and to become particularly attached to an individual who interacts with the robot in a way that is particularly suited to its personality profile and learning n...
by Veracious Sole
Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Spider silk produced by modified bacteria
Replies: 17
Views: 2581

Re: Spider silk produced by modified bacteria

For many decades the precise taxonomic classification of the Giant Panda was under debate because it shares characteristics of both bears and raccoons.[34] However, molecular studies suggest that the Giant Panda is a true bear and part of the Ursidae family,[35][36] though it differentiated early i...
by Veracious Sole
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Spider silk produced by modified bacteria
Replies: 17
Views: 2581

Re: Spider silk produced by modified bacteria

Oh, and then there's this story from about a year ago:

Scientists kick it up a notch
by Veracious Sole
Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Spider silk produced by modified bacteria
Replies: 17
Views: 2581

Spider silk produced by modified bacteria

This has the potential to be really, really, really awesome.

Spider silk produced by modified bacteria
by Veracious Sole
Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Arizona racism- paint the black kids white
Replies: 34
Views: 5044

Re: New Arizona racism- paint the black kids white

And for the record, your attempt at being a pedant fails magnificently VS, because the two statements on either side of the 'but' don't contradict each other in any way. So the 'but' shouldn't be there. Drat! Foiled once again. Of course, the point was that saying you aren't racist doesn't make you...
by Veracious Sole
Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Arizona racism- paint the black kids white
Replies: 34
Views: 5044

Re: New Arizona racism- paint the black kids white

Any statement that begins "I am not a rascist individual" cannot end well. "I am not a racist individual," Veracious Sole said on a radio show last month, "but I will tell you that I believe the color of a person's skin should not be a deciding factor when forming opinions ...
by Veracious Sole
Mon May 17, 2010 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Autistic 14yr old boy charged with making terrorist threats
Replies: 55
Views: 5863

Re: Autistic 14yr old boy charged with making terrorist thre

Because apparently drawing a stick figure of yourself shooting the teacher when you're in 8th grade is now a terrorist threat. Sigh... I really wish the teaching establishment would stick to teaching; rather than convening 'tribunals'. Sorry, but I hardly consider autistic children fitting a terror...
by Veracious Sole
Sun May 16, 2010 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother Jailed For Prostituting 12-Year-Old Daughter
Replies: 112
Views: 13137

Re: A case for capital punishment.

Wouldn't it make sense to retitle the thread in that case? No. I rather like the title. Generally speaking, those who support capital punishment consider it a last resort. Something used for only the most extreme, appalling situations. I'd say this story fits the bill. If you'd like to discuss ...
by Veracious Sole
Sat May 15, 2010 9:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother Jailed For Prostituting 12-Year-Old Daughter
Replies: 112
Views: 13137

Re: A case for capital punishment.

Like people who eat chopped up dead animals, perform perverted sexual acts with people of the same sex, worship genocidal megalomaniac deities or think problems can be solved by killing people? Setting off on the path of dehumanising people because they do something we fundamentally object to, espe...
by Veracious Sole
Sat May 15, 2010 3:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother Jailed For Prostituting 12-Year-Old Daughter
Replies: 112
Views: 13137

Re: A case for capital punishment.

I'd encourage all of you screaming for blood to read the judge's sentencing statement and understand how the sentence was reached. Read it. Understand it. Still think a black-hooded skeleton with a scythe and outstretched finger o' accusation is appropriate. If a lifetime behind iron isn't too hars...
by Veracious Sole
Sat May 15, 2010 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother Jailed For Prostituting 12-Year-Old Daughter
Replies: 112
Views: 13137

Re: A case for capital punishment.

TheKrikkitWars wrote:Capital punishment is a Bad ThingTM

Pimping your daughter is also a Bad ThingTM

The two do not superpose and destructively interfere to cancel the bad out.

They're both very very twisted ideas.


Death cancels things out quite effectively. Why not use this natural prison to our advantage?
by Veracious Sole
Sat May 15, 2010 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother Jailed For Prostituting 12-Year-Old Daughter
Replies: 112
Views: 13137

Re: A case for capital punishment.

Atrocity and vileness are just as much a part of the human condition as compassion and brilliance. They actually make up quite a bit more of the human condition, if history is any judge. History is an old and bitter mistress full of "ist" agendas with a knack for ignoring the underdogs. W...
by Veracious Sole
Sat May 15, 2010 1:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother Jailed For Prostituting 12-Year-Old Daughter
Replies: 112
Views: 13137

Mother Jailed For Prostituting 12-Year-Old Daughter

http://www.elistmania.com/news/mother_pimped_12_year_old_daughter_to_100_men/ A 41 year old woman from Hobart, Australia has been jailed for 10 years for prostituting her 12 year old daughter. The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to receiving fee derived from sexual serv...
by Veracious Sole
Sat May 15, 2010 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Autistic 14yr old boy charged with making terrorist threats
Replies: 55
Views: 5863

Re: Autistic 14yr old boy charged with making terrorist thre

Weeks wrote:But has he drawn a dick yet?


Even if that little monster hasn't yet, he will. Stick figures are gateway drawings.
by Veracious Sole
Fri May 14, 2010 4:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Autistic 14yr old boy charged with making terrorist threats
Replies: 55
Views: 5863

Re: Autistic 14yr old boy charged with making terrorist thre

It shames me to think that we, as a people, have become so Basically Decent that we can't even incarcerate clear dangers to our way of life. This boy (if an entity of such malevolence can even be called that) issued a death threat to a teacher and the lot of you leap to your keyboards, mouths afroth...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 220444

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

I cried for a robot today.

Congratulations, Randal.
by Veracious Sole
Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sweet crackers, Biology is cool!
Replies: 7
Views: 1510

Sweet crackers, Biology is cool!

According to this article it may soon be possible to turn any cell in the body into any other cell in the body via a virus.

How awesome is that?
by Veracious Sole
Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sure, proof, why not?
Replies: 32
Views: 2418

Re: Sure, proof, why not?

I am friends with the new convert that was mentioned by Gunfingers and his religious reawakening has caused me no end of stress. I myself am a theist (sorta Christian-ish), but things like young earth creationism and intentional disregard of scientific reasoning leave me nearly shaking with rage. I ...
by Veracious Sole
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cultist mother kills son for not saying "Amen" at mealtimes
Replies: 55
Views: 5875

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

This just proves what we all already knew. Babies are incredibly hard-headed (other than the soft spot.) I can't tell you how many times I've asked a baby to complete a simple task - like, say, watering the garden - only to have it stare back at me blankly and gurgle. Then it actually has the gall t...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school
Replies: 67
Views: 6290

Re: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school

If you don't think it's a racial issue to apply this law for using your mom's address to register your kids for a suburban school, I suggest you read further about the disproportionate application of the penal system to racial minorities. Oh, except that raising questions of race isn't as horrible ...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school
Replies: 67
Views: 6290

Re: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school

That'll work fine when the only racism that exists is the kind that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Until then, I guess it's a question of values. You can either value reality or illusory objectivity. I value reality quite highly. This is why blindly crying racism is not something I'm choo...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school
Replies: 67
Views: 6290

Re: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school

Maybe you shouldn't assume anything. Oh, except that raising questions of race isn't as horrible as people ignoring implicit racism. The onus is actually on the system to prove it's not targeting minorities, and the stats are not looking good. You can read 500 stories about a racist penal system an...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school
Replies: 67
Views: 6290

Re: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school

What are Greece's laws in regards to this situation? Greece is the name of the Rochester, NY suburb in which this happened. So the COUNTRY of Greece's laws are actually kind of moot. (Don't worry, it took me a few rereads of the first line to make sense of it.) This occurred in New York state, USA....
by Veracious Sole
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male circumcision reduces risk of some diseases
Replies: 221
Views: 19907

Re: Male circumcision reduces risk of some diseases

Diadem wrote:
aleflamedyud wrote:Who actually cares?

Ah yes, who cares about millions of babies being mutilated at birth. After all, it's culture.

To be fair, babies spend the next 18 to 90 years of their lives draining their parents resources and whining. The little bastards deserve it.
by Veracious Sole
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school
Replies: 67
Views: 6290

Re: Minority jailed for sending her kids to nicer public school

Is this really a racial issue? What are Greece's laws in regards to this situation?
by Veracious Sole
Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A message to violent smegwads everywhere:
Replies: 44
Views: 2819

Re: A message to violent smegwads everywhere:

I cant hit the link from work. What's the gist?
by Veracious Sole
Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $1,000,000,000,000 (ONE TRILLION)
Replies: 23
Views: 3223

Re: $1,000,000,000,000 (ONE TRILLION)

putting "170 something" next to "165 something" while knowing very well that the mental image people will have is "170 very big things" next to "165 big things". Were those not the amounts used? If there were some other amounts of money used I could understan...
by Veracious Sole
Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help me get my plane out of a tree
Replies: 53
Views: 8607

Re: Help me get my plane out of a tree

Plant a younger, prettier tree next to the tree that has captured your beloved plane. Each day - for a year - water, prune, and decorate this new tree in order to accentuate it's arboreal beauty. By this time, the offending tree will have become smitten with the attractive newcomer. It will think of...
by Veracious Sole
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $1,000,000,000,000 (ONE TRILLION)
Replies: 23
Views: 3223

Re: $1,000,000,000,000 (ONE TRILLION)

What exactly has been dishonest about the medias coverage of the amounts of money being thrown around? I feel like I'm not getting something here. Randall's comic didn't make sense to me either.
by Veracious Sole
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is the highest reasonable salary?
Replies: 55
Views: 6287

Re: What is the highest reasonable salary?

The highest a salary should ever be is the highest price that the employer is capable of paying. Really, Why should there be an upper limit on what person makes? If a person finds a way to pull in millions of dollars by sitting on their ass, then they should be allowed to keep that money. It may hav...
by Veracious Sole
Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Japanese laser-scan female form, FOR SCIENCE
Replies: 19
Views: 3365

Re: Japenese laser-scan female form, FOR SCIENCE

Clearly whales should stop being so damn delicious.
by Veracious Sole
Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Special Tax for a handful of people
Replies: 80
Views: 7086

Re: Special Tax for a handful of people

Is anyone else uncomfortable with the government having an 80% stake in AIG?

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