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by SabreKGB
Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can two planes on runway take off simultaneously?
Replies: 11
Views: 5005

Re: Can two planes on runway take off simultaneously?

Specifically, a fighter . Both can fit on the runway simultaneously with about 1 wingspan separating them. However, can they take off? Yes. Airplanes on airports and carriers take off one-by-one, and in the case of the airport, usually a minute or two apart. I'm not sure, but i assume this is due t...
by SabreKGB
Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 57740

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

phonon266737 wrote:Random thought I just had
If the images output from this "naked body scanner" are considered acceptable to be all over the news, doesn't that say something about the "nakedness"


No?

What do you think it says?
by SabreKGB
Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 57740

TSA to stop molesting pilots; Passengers still screwed.

In line with the other thread...a new development. From the AP: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101120/ap_on_bi_ge/us_airport_security_pilots By DAVID KOENIG and JOAN LOWY, Associated Press David Koenig And Joan Lowy, Associated Press – 6 mins ago DALLAS – Amid a growing protest against stepped-up and ...
by SabreKGB
Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"
Replies: 82
Views: 18382

Re: 0820: “Five-Minute Comics: Part 2”

Can someone explain Bailout? In aircraft terminology, "bailing out" is to jump out of a plane that is no longer flyable (though one uses the term "ejecting" if one employs ejection seats). However, in marine terminology, "bailing out" refers to using a bucket or pump t...
by SabreKGB
Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"
Replies: 82
Views: 18382

Re: 0820: “Five-Minute Comics: Part 2”

Can someone explain Bailout? In aircraft terminology, "bailing out" is to jump out of a plane that is no longer flyable (though one uses the term "ejecting" if one employs ejection seats). However, in marine terminology, "bailing out" refers to using a bucket or pump t...
by SabreKGB
Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 57740

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

Human parts are softer than aircraft parts. Is this true? Fuselages are just a few millimeter of aluminium, you can force a strong knife through it by hand. The bones in a skull, or ribs, might well be tougher than that. Yes and no. They're designed for different stresses. An aircraft body is good ...
by SabreKGB
Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 57740

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

Relevant question to this; if the pilot decides to just take over by beating the co-pilot, would the time it takes to end a fist fight(regardless of winner) be enough to crash the plane? A fist fight isn't even necessary, just a few moments of inattention by the other pilot. With surprise and your ...
by SabreKGB
Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Navy SEALs brought to trial
Replies: 225
Views: 14675

Re: Navy SEALs brought to trial

Your rights are not contingent upon your actions. Really? I don't know exactly how i feel about this statement, but it seems counter-intuitive to me. I'll have to ponder upon it, but can you explain more why you say this? Or, i suppose, rather: [Why] does "Objective Amber" have a right to...
by SabreKGB
Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homeless Brothers Inherit €4.5 Billion Fortune
Replies: 31
Views: 3656

Re: Homeless Brothers Inherit €4.5 Billion Fortune

Indeed, at 4.5 billion dollars their life will be far from normal. Nor will it be easy. You can be sure they'll be swarmed by all kinds of parasites who want a bit of the fortune. I hope for their sake they manage to find some good, honest, people to manage their wealth. For the rest how they will ...
by SabreKGB
Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: God helps those who help themselves.
Replies: 23
Views: 2932

God helps those who help themselves.

And doesn't help lazy scumbags who let their children starve. http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-15/1259894705182640.xml&coll=1 Article in spoiler: Mom expected God to provide food, daughter testifies Friday, December 04, 2009 Joe Moszczynski STAR-LEDGER STAFF The money ra...
by SabreKGB
Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Guinness Heiress Allegedly Drunk + Misbehaving
Replies: 14
Views: 1718

Re: Guinness Heiress Allegedly Drunk + Misbehaving

I've always wondered about what laws apply on an airplane as well. Whenever I fly, they always say something like "federal law prohibits smoking on this airplane" and I think, whose federal law? I didn't get that same warning flying on Air Canada though, so maybe it's the country the airl...
by SabreKGB
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: End of humanity.
Replies: 47
Views: 8871

Re: End of humanity.

We aren't all that different than neanderthals in the BEST of times, and look what happened to them. If we don't learn to keep our nuclear weapons in our pants I think the universe will find intelligence is a disadvantageous adaptation. We killed them. Without another killer hominid around to wipe ...
by SabreKGB
Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ROTC Student Suspended for asking classmate to remove hijab
Replies: 83
Views: 7527

Re: ROTC Student Suspended for asking classmate to remove hijab

Junior ROTC != ROTC

Huge difference, in fact. Can we please get another twerk to the title?
by SabreKGB
Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: civilization, its definition, purpose, and adequacy
Replies: 41
Views: 4781

Re: civilization, its definition, purpose, and adequacy

No, I'd say GoodRudeFun is completely right in saying this. Funny, you argue that he/she is not seeing the problem from the evolutionary standpoint in the next paragraph, but aren't you making the same mistake here? Extinction is a natural part of evolution, and personally, I'd rather go extinct be...
by SabreKGB
Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 97495

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

Solar power is an idiotic pipe dream for people who can't do basic math. ... How about FOUR-FIFTHS the land surface of the entire State of Delaware ...? ... Solar power is simply too damned diffuse . It's a stupid, wrong-headed, absolutely brain-damaged answer for people who can't do simple math ca...
by SabreKGB
Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: civilization, its definition, purpose, and adequacy
Replies: 41
Views: 4781

Re: Society, its definition, purpose, and adequacy

It is not in any way necessary to man kinds survival, as the record clearly shows we've lived without it for quite some time. You are completely wrong in saying this. The reason being: There are certain problems, even entire classes of problems, which cannot be solved without the resources availabl...
by SabreKGB
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: T-Mobile Help Chat
Replies: 7
Views: 1198

T-Mobile Help Chat

Now, this may not be as funny as i think it is, just cause it happened to me, but i had a chat with a t-mobile customer service rep, and it was downright painful. It's below, slightly edited to protect the guilty: Please wait while we find an agent to assist you... You have been connected to Samuel ...
by SabreKGB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 11463

Re: Separation of Church and State

SabreKGB, you seem to be completely out of water here. You appeared in this topic mid stream replying to something you did not read in context. I am not arguing, for a second, in any way, that separation of curch and state is religious discrimination. Quite the contrary. Please read this thread fro...
by SabreKGB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 11463

Re: Separation of Church and State

You understood me correctly, I just don't think you've fully thought out the realistic implications of effectively banning anything non-secular in government. Remember that government is not a separate entity from it's people. It employs millions and owns trillions in assets. The people you'd be re...
by SabreKGB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 11463

Re: Separation of Church and State

Impenetrable wall would be a separation so extreme that anything federal that could be perceived as religious would be unconstitutional. I think this is tantamount to religious persecution and surely against the intent of the founders. However, it is no less than what gets argued for regularly by a...
by SabreKGB
Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 11463

Re: Separation of Church and State

I don't think it's totally impossible at all, it's just not what our constitution says. Remember "Separation of Church and State" is Jefferson's phrase, not what's written in the Constitution. The current interpretation of the Establishment clause is the Lemon test (which I already posted...
by SabreKGB
Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 11463

Re: Separation of Church and State

But what's the alternative? Even if you had, say, a pure democracy, that >50% would still (even if just barely) trump the secular voters on each issue, if they're voting based on what their religion tells them. Unless you get extra-complicated in the voting system and/or determining various options...
by SabreKGB
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 11463

Re: Separation of Church and State

Non-christians don't get elected much in the United Stated because people feel very strongly about their faith and vote for representatives that feel the same way to make decisions for them. Why is that bad in a democratically based system? That particular snippet was in response to the OP's callin...
by SabreKGB
Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 11463

Re: Separation of Church and State

Taken in context, I see "separation of Church and State" as a way of keeping government out of our various religions, not vice versa. I don't believe government should be a godless, entirely secular realm. How, exactly would you propose putting religion into government while keeping gover...
by SabreKGB
Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189137

Re: Religion

My dearest opinion about religion is that it's something that'll never go away. I, somewhat resignedly, tend to agree with you there. We may not know it yet but religion might be in our genes. Humans, in general, are programmed to believe in some higher power, and those powers, being real or not, d...
by SabreKGB
Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189137

Re: Religion

I'll stick with the religion that speaks across time and space, the religion of my ancestors, the religion that calls to every northern soul. Paganism, thank you much. I'm just going to go ahead and point out that "paganism" isn't a religion. It's pretty much just the set of all religions...
by SabreKGB
Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carrying Guns
Replies: 273
Views: 26571

Re: Carrying Guns

poleboy wrote:However, I don't believe that any single dictator would ever be able to effectively control a country as large as America. It all seems a bit paranoid to me.


Um...Stalin?
by SabreKGB
Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 37466

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

InstinctSage wrote:In my mind, any pharmacy that actually wants to help people wouldn't carry products that don't help people.


I think you may have misunderstood the purpose of pharmacies. They're businesses. They don't care about helping you so much as making money, like almost all businesses.
by SabreKGB
Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 37466

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

Decker wrote:Does aromatherapy fall under this topic?


Yes.
by SabreKGB
Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life
Replies: 38
Views: 3625

Re: Life

The problem is that "human" is used in a multitude of different ways, so making a clear definition depends on which use of the word you're talking about. Human can mean "person", a member of the human species (species itself being a fuzzy and hard to define concept), cells with h...
by SabreKGB
Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189137

Re: Religion

Then, of course, there's d) "I love god for all this sweet stuff he blesses me with, and this bad stuff sucks, but I don't understand god, and I'm just gonna keep on believin'," which is a train of thought that's just beyond reason. faith is supposed to be beyond reason. Which is not a po...
by SabreKGB
Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189137

Re: Religion

Then, of course, there's d) "I love god for all this sweet stuff he blesses me with, and this bad stuff sucks, but I don't understand god, and I'm just gonna keep on believin'," which is a train of thought that's just beyond reason. faith is supposed to be beyond reason. Which is not a po...
by SabreKGB
Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 93533

Re: Creationism

Sorry, I'm not going to get involved in this, but underseige, I don't think answers in genesis is the best source to use - I'm sure someone else will comment on it (I'm too tired to list reasons), just wanted to point it out. There's a really good site with information about evidence of evolution, ...
by SabreKGB
Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Help! I'm stuck in the middle ages.
Replies: 45
Views: 6114

Re: Help! I'm stuck in the middle ages.

@Maseiken I think most of your objections boil down to "but it'd be hard!". I think all of those things are doable, especially to someone who can implement the scientific method, although they would require a lot of work and a lot of preparation. Also, I remember how Howard Florey* discove...
by SabreKGB
Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to fight the war on terror: Catch and Release
Replies: 110
Views: 7297

Re: How to fight the war on terror: Catch and Release

As for what a nuke would acomplish as opposed to a regular invasion: It would be cheaper (both in terms of money and soldier's lives), much faster (even allowing for us giving warning, should we choose to do so), and it would create a great deal of fear . Fighting terrorism with terrorism? :| And t...
by SabreKGB
Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hate Crimes Legislation
Replies: 89
Views: 6137

Re: Hate Crimes Legislation

Reducto ad absurdum != slippery slope. Although, it certainly is slippery, now that you mention it. Like friggin astroglide at an 80 degree incline, really. Paranoid? I don't think so. Although i do tend to assume the worst about things that threaten my liberty, less disappointment that way. Althou...
by SabreKGB
Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14494

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

And i still can't honestly see how one could say that pacifism would be ethical then. How there wouldn't be a moral duty to stop the nazis. *shrug* This was a good thread, i think.
by SabreKGB
Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hate Crimes Legislation
Replies: 89
Views: 6137

Re: Hate Crimes Legislation

Reducto ad absurdum != slippery slope. Although, it certainly is slippery, now that you mention it. Like friggin astroglide at an 80 degree incline, really. Paranoid? I don't think so. Although i do tend to assume the worst about things that threaten my liberty, less disappointment that way. Althoug...
by SabreKGB
Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hate Crimes Legislation
Replies: 89
Views: 6137

Re: Hate Crimes Legislation

This is where paranoia kicks in. Nobody is advocating guilty until proven innocent. The demonstration bit refers to THE INVESTIGATION, which, if you are aware, takes place before charges are pursued in court. What I meant to say is, no, hate crimes laws do not trigger merely by committing a crime a...
by SabreKGB
Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rebuilding the Problem of Evil
Replies: 8
Views: 1355

Re: Rebuilding the Problem of Evil

You're missing part of it. God traditionally has 3 attributes: Omniscience, omnipotence, and omnibenevolence. The argument from evil is that such a being is not compatible with the existence of evil in the world. Evil exists, (that type of) god does not, QED bitches. It boils down to: you can have a...

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