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by stephen
Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 47487

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

:evil: This makes me seethe with rage. I was almost prepared to vote for an independent last year because both sides were offering the waste of money internet porn filter. Now I'm going to write my local member, Kevin Rudd and Stephen Conroy over this issue. Whichever side says "screw it, we ar...
by stephen
Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0492: "Scrabble"
Replies: 171
Views: 49066

Re: "Scrabble" Discussion

Someone should tell Randle that abbreviations are not allowed. Not even for the Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms and their Rehabilitation Into Society. :twisted:
by stephen
Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 32452

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

I stand corrected over Boulder CO. My point was never to debate its liberalness, only to bring up that the Palin pick was never intended to draw in the hard liberal voters (which is a category I would put many people into on this site). I only said it was the most liberal area as I remember watching...
by stephen
Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The FIXED Earth Society aka Geocentrism
Replies: 33
Views: 3740

Re: The FIXED Earth Society aka Geocentrism

Doesn't it all have to do with reference frames anyway? Like you could contruct a universe with valid mathematics behind it with Earth as the center, but that would be far more complex than the current universal models. Not saying that I am supporting them, just saying that they may not be quite as ...
by stephen
Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Completely Official Sarah Palin Thread
Replies: 408
Views: 32452

Re: John McCain's VP pick is Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

I found this thread a very amusing read. I have a few points to make. 1) Palin was never intended to attract people like TiPerihelion - feminists who live in Boulder CO, probably the most liberal area of the US. The fact that she is a female will only ever attract the "Oh there's a woman in the...
by stephen
Fri May 30, 2008 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0430: "Every Damn Morning"
Replies: 184
Views: 37665

Re: "Every Damn Morning" Discussion

I have two points to make. 1) have a pen and paper beside your bed and write down what you remember even before you're fully conscious. 2) Lucid dreaming is fun. If you even have the slightest suspicion that you are dreaming FIND A LIGHT SWITCH AND FLICK IT. Light switches CANNOT turn lights on or o...
by stephen
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25749

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

So more evidence pointing to evangelicals not understanding what democracy is all about. Huckabee said some really stupid shit. Can't help but think that some of the other candidates agree with at least part of this: "I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution,&qu...
by stephen
Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Diabetes, Dwarfism, and Homosexuality.
Replies: 118
Views: 15840

Interesting question regarding homosexuality.

As a part of one of the other threads, the issue of the cause of homosexuality came up. Now pretending for a moment, that scientists determined the cause of homosexuality, and determined that it could be prevented in childhood by feeding your child a cheap pill with no side effects at age 3. And thi...
by stephen
Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25749

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

Actually, that has nothing to do with it. Really. Doesn't in the slightest. See, the government has the duty of treating all its citizens as equally as possible--unequal treatment being based on a person's actions, not their qualities. This reminds me of a quote I once heard. "It is equally as...
by stephen
Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?
Replies: 303
Views: 24289

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

Obama was opposed to the war on Iraq from the beginning and voted against it. A leader of a country needs to be able to make tough decisions which may lead their people into war. A majority of the senate, including Hillary Clinton voted for the war on Iraq. A "principled opposition" to wa...
by stephen
Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?
Replies: 303
Views: 24289

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

Obama was opposed to the war on Iraq from the beginning and voted against it. A leader of a country needs to be able to make tough decisions which may lead their people into war. A majority of the senate, including Hillary Clinton voted for the war on Iraq. A "principled opposition" to wa...
by stephen
Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25749

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

I will preface this with this statement: I have religious beliefs and oppose gay marriage based on them. However I will answer your questions to the best of my abilities. So far, homosexual couples have been fully capable of producing a functioning, healthy member of society, with the same success r...
by stephen
Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?
Replies: 303
Views: 24289

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

1) One can have a principled opposition to war, regardless of any "evidence". If you point to me "overwhelming evidence" that a bus contains three dangerous murderers, I would not throw a grenade to take them out. War makes innocent victim, I do not believe making innocent victi...
by stephen
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Removing foreign dictators
Replies: 79
Views: 7473

Re: Removing foreign dictators

Sometimes other countries step in to remove them, because of what they do to their people. Really? Can you give an example? What I'm getting at is that the removers always have their own agenda and, I'd say what happens depends largely on that agenda. i.e. when the remover is only interested in sai...
by stephen
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?
Replies: 303
Views: 24289

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

As a non-US based observer I have a few comments regarding the US presidential elections. 1) I think the worst outcome for the world is an Obama victory. The fact that he opposed the Iraq war when presented with overwhelming evidence which suggested that the war should be initiated strikes of both c...
by stephen
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?
Replies: 257
Views: 25749

Re: Where is this "Right wing religion imposing bullshit"?

Go watch the Youtube/CNN Republican debate. In all seriousness though, abortion, gay rights, and intelligent design in schools. Of those three issues, both abortion and homosexual privaliges both have sound secular arguements against them. Only intelligent design in schools can be seen to be an abs...
by stephen
Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped
Replies: 84
Views: 9376

Re: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped

Well, obviously she is unfit to live in society, at least by our civilized standards. However, since nobody gives a damn anyway, nor is willing to put her in a facility, she is allowed to walk around and corrupt any amount of teenagers. Age is pretty much irrelevant here, since at this point her li...
by stephen
Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped
Replies: 84
Views: 9376

Re: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped

Seriously, if stephen and I can agree on this topic, how much room for debate is there really? :P Haha very true. I'm withholding my opinion, I was just meddling in his (potential) misuse of logic. Yeah the comment really was not aimed at you. I can accept semantic and even devils advocate debates ...
by stephen
Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped
Replies: 84
Views: 9376

Re: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped

What a litmus test for people's attitudes. I can understand people posting from a devils advocate point of view to promote discussion, but some of the attitudes on here are downright *frightening*. In some cases shades of grey do exist, such as a 16 year old sleeping with a 15 year old. But this is ...
by stephen
Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Political Compass
Replies: 96
Views: 11316

Re: Political Compass

Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment. What if you don't believe there's a one-to-one tradeoff? What are the levels of each? The general idea is that a 'conservative' will answer Agree/SA. Any economist, however, should answer 'depends on the circumstances', which is...
by stephen
Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped
Replies: 84
Views: 9376

Re: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped

Actually, the example is correct. You contact airborne viruses by breathing near a sick person, not just breathing alone, just like you wouldn't get an STI from masturbation. Oxigen is just a medium, the carriers in both cases are people. Oh, and relieving sexual stress (usually by sex or masturbat...
by stephen
Sun Dec 16, 2007 3:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped
Replies: 84
Views: 9376

Re: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped

This morning's Sunday Mail had an interesting piece written by former indigenous affairs minister Mal Brough. In it he detailed the apathy shown by the aboriginal communities all around the cape and NT. The people who do want to see change and are willing to try and effect it are leaving the area in...
by stephen
Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped
Replies: 84
Views: 9376

10 Year old girl "probably consented" to being pack raped

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22906514-1248,00.html Currently making headline news in Australia at the moment is the story about an aboriginal girl, aged ten years old, who was pack raped. The boys and men who raped her have gotten off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist, despite their...
by stephen
Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

Well if Beazley was not a threat to our economy, why did the coallition win the unwinable election in 1998 over the GST? Howard beat Beazley in the preferred PM polls nearly the whole time that he was opposition leader. Well, he did win the popular vote, despite Howard beating Beazley in the prefer...
by stephen
Sat Dec 01, 2007 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

This speech was the watershed moment in Australian politics, which, made at the start of 1995 signaled the beginning of the end of the Labor party, which has been out of power since 1996. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwKgt3lbsG4 response found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKN4qWo7x1Y&...
by stephen
Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

Any thoughts on the Liberals choice of Leader? I thought Nelson was a very poor choice (not that I care if the liberals fare badly), given that he has a far lower profile and seems less comfortable with the media than Turnbull. Also, Nelson has political skeletons in the closet in having been a a L...
by stephen
Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

The concerns were definately legitimate, otherwise why would the state Labor government of NSW refuse to release the documents about the candidate for Wentworth to the public? Surely if they had nothing to hide then said documents would be freely available to clear the candidate's name. *Cough*, Co...
by stephen
Thu Nov 29, 2007 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:It was poorly executed, and I don't want a government that can't execute its policies.


Like Homeland Security?

I don't want a government that can execute poorly thought out/bad policy.


Like rolling back WorkChoices?
by stephen
Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

And would I be correct in guessing that WorkChoices was originally put through just after the Liberal Party gained the Senate majority, which would be the same time frame? I never thought about that before. That's a large part of why workchoices was so unpopular and demonised - because Howard used ...
by stephen
Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

Interesting that commentators are now coming out and saying how difficult it will be to ratify kyoto and that it probably won't be able to be done for a year or so. Where were these analysts before the election? I've mainly heard about the fact that the Libs maintain control of the Senate until Jul...
by stephen
Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:
stephen wrote:Where were these analysts before the election?


Analysing data


touche
by stephen
Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Telling kids about Santa Claus?
Replies: 141
Views: 12243

Re: Telling kids about Santa Claus?

Is lying to your children a good thing: no. Therefore, why lie to them about something so patently false?
by stephen
Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prove You Are Real
Replies: 167
Views: 15899

Re: Prove You Are Real

I'm not real, I'm simply a turing machine.
by stephen
Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

Actually on PM today they were saying that a double disolution would most probably occur over ratifying kyoto than anything else. If Turnbull manages to grab the leadership, there won't be much fuss about Kyoto. He's already come out and said that they should have ratified it. I don't think the Lib...
by stephen
Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

Double dissolution - looking at how the Senate is likely to be distributed, if the Libs can court Family First and Nick Xenophon, they might be able to force one, depending on how the final Senate votes are counted. There's certainly talk of it in today's newspapers. If it's going to happen over an...
by stephen
Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

Do the Liberals have enough seats to even force a double dissolution (note spelling) election? There was barely any justification for what happened with Whitlam, and there's absolutely zero justification for forcing a new election now. They'd just be acting like spoiled brats if they did. No, there...
by stephen
Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

Howard really had the '96 election made for him on a silver platter, but his speech (now called the Great Motion - search it on youtube) was probably the greatest parliamentary speech made in Australian parliament. The guy holds down all of the top five speeches ever made in parliment. His 93 elect...
by stephen
Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

Must resist... Godwin's Law... Trebuchet! Hitler made some pretty long-term policies. This will be my first real federal government change, too. Godwin's Law for the win! I guess the main difference is that Kevin Rudd doesn't have a moustache. My first real fed change too! It's weird to think that ...
by stephen
Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16812

Re: Australian Election

Yeah, my only memory of Keating was him opening our local station after it had been refurbished, and a little while later he was replaced by a balding man with giant eyebrows. So I guess this is my first real experience of a change in government also. I am guessing Keating must have done something ...
by stephen
Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189251

Re: Religion

stephen, you have already been corrected, so stop repeating that straw-man. I have? When? By whom? It is not a straw man arguement to look at the underlying motivators for behaviour. The only defense I have seen is "I use the idea of xxx as my basis for morality" where xxx is an emotional...

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