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by Vellyr
Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA's new launch vehicle
Replies: 14
Views: 1769

NASA's new launch vehicle

http://www.space.com/12941-nasa-unveils ... ystem.html

So who thinks they're actually going to go for an asteroid landing, or is this just publicity?
by Vellyr
Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10517

Re: Physical force in schools makes a comeback

Yes. Discomfort and humiliation are effective and acceptable forms of punishment. Pain and/or injury are not. What lesson the child takes away from it depends entirely on your attitude. Part of the purpose of school is to teach children to respect authority, which is essential to becoming a producti...
by Vellyr
Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10517

Re: Physical force in schools makes a comeback

I teach English in a Japanese school, where they're a bit more lax regarding touching the kids. I will occasionally swat a kid who's being obnoxious upside the head, or "physically coerce" a child who is refusing to obey, especially with elementary-age kids. I think that it most definitely...
by Vellyr
Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Air Shark.
Replies: 20
Views: 3500

Re: Air Shark.

I remember reading a book once where there was floating platforms, or perhaps a floating city which was held up by vaccum spheres, i thought it was a cool concept at the time, and made sense, whatever strong lightweight metal they used was probably some alloy of handwavium ;) Neil Stephenson's &quo...
by Vellyr
Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama has repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 114
Views: 7974

Re: Obama has repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

So basically, trans people won't be accepted until they're accepted? Minorities shouldn't be protected until they have amassed majority approval? Nope, maybe I was unclear. I'm saying that the military is an organization for defending our country, not a vehicle for promoting minority rights. I thin...
by Vellyr
Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama has repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Replies: 114
Views: 7974

Re: Obama has repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Wikipedia mentions a mostly unused "MSGI" for "minority sexual and gender identities", but I'm not sure people appreciate the "minority" part. I think we need to stop beating around the bush here. cis-hetero is the majority, and will be for the forseeable future until ...
by Vellyr
Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global Warming Gridlock
Replies: 36
Views: 4753

Re: Global Warming Gridlock

start with a small group of large countries (possibly the EU as one block) so you can negotiate far more detailed agreements, aimed at policies instead of targets. With room for conditional extra promises, that countries only have to do if others do something too, and with escape clauses where you ...
by Vellyr
Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global Warming Gridlock
Replies: 36
Views: 4753

Re: Global Warming Gridlock

If I had to guess, I would say "the non-diplomatic approach", whatever that is.
by Vellyr
Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Shaking apartment
Replies: 5
Views: 3075

Shaking apartment

So I live about 100 yards from some train tracks on the third floor, and every time a train goes by I feel the apartment shake. The thing is, I don't feel anything when I stand right next to the tracks, only in my apartment. Is there some kind of phenomenon that could explain this, or is it all in m...
by Vellyr
Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The scientific consensus on meditation
Replies: 35
Views: 6733

Re: The scientific consensus on meditation

In my personal experience, meditation is the feeling you get when you're about to go to sleep, like you're dropping through the floor, but with meditation I can go down 3 or 4 levels without going to sleep. So it's sort of like a trance. When I'm meditating my heart rate and breathing go down dramat...
by Vellyr
Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Korea (Multithread Dump)
Replies: 123
Views: 10507

Re: China threw away North Korea?

Excuse the sarcastic response, but


Not new, just an itinerant lurker with a penchant for pointing out the obvious. *cough*join date*cough*.
by Vellyr
Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Korea (Multithread Dump)
Replies: 123
Views: 10507

Re: China threw away North Korea?

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/ar ... fa05dd.291

Here's the link. Sensationalist thread title much?
by Vellyr
Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cows with human milk!?
Replies: 48
Views: 6126

Re: Cows with human milk!?

Why? I mean, if you consider human milk gross, cow milk isn't really all that much different (except targeted at a different specie). Honestly, drinking something that comes out of a cow's teat is even grosser, but for some reason it doesn't elicit the same primal reaction as human milk. Maybe it's...
by Vellyr
Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cows with human milk!?
Replies: 48
Views: 6126

Re: Cows with human milk!?

That's so gross, but I bet in 50 years we'll all be drinking it.
by Vellyr
Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about half life
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

Question about half life

This is going to sound really dumb to those of you who are familiar with the topic, but I don't understand how things can have half lives of thousands of years. I think that maybe my idea of what radioactivity actually is might be flawed. By my current logic, if something is giving off alpha or beta...
by Vellyr
Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Laptop hanging on startup
Replies: 3
Views: 871

Laptop hanging on startup

For the past couple days my laptop (HP pavillion dv7, running windows 7) has been failing to load the desktop when I start it up. The background image will come up, but no icons will display and no programs appear to run, and the cursor turns into a loading wheel. Some other notes: -It doesn't happe...
by Vellyr
Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 123890

Re: Does God Exist?

A person that bases their beliefs on faith is still using reason, but it's demonstrably not a good kind of reasoning, because there's simply no evidence that it reliably leads to a better understanding of the universe compared to empiricism. When you say "demonstrably" I assume you mean &...
by Vellyr
Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atlas Shrugged movie?
Replies: 203
Views: 38607

Re: Atlas Shrugged movie?

This movie looks incredibly bad. I wasn't even sure until I read this thread if it was a real trailer or some fan-made thing. I'd love to see a movie promoting libertarian ideals, but this will have the opposite effect I fear.
by Vellyr
Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists create illusion of having 3 arms
Replies: 27
Views: 13509

Re: Scientists create illusion of having 3 arms

Inny Binny wrote:Ha, this is awesome.

I would think this sort of thing would be possible while consciously dreaming? i.e. the feeling of having three arms, a tail etc.


Yeah, I've done it before. I'll let you guess which appendage.
by Vellyr
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Caligula's tomb found after man tries to smuggle statue
Replies: 41
Views: 5614

Re: Caligula's tomb found after man tries to smuggle statue

I'm not sure why that guy got arrested...
by Vellyr
Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Guess Hu's coming to dinner
Replies: 20
Views: 1608

Re: Guess Hu's coming to dinner

How do you guys compare and contrast rising Chinese power, with Japan's rise in power previously? It has similar parallels, with Japan restricting access to it's markets, giving subsidies and advantages to its corporations, and fears of declining US power. Japan doesn't have nuclear weapons, isn't ...
by Vellyr
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dear Tea Party: You will now get yours
Replies: 50
Views: 4896

Re: Dear Tea Party: You will now get yours

I seem to remember the OP posting a similar smug, substanceless left-wing propaganda article a while back...It's great that this guy tells you exactly what you want to hear Kimmo, but only reading viewpoints you agree with isn't going to help you develop your ideology.
by Vellyr
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man sneezes a bullet
Replies: 10
Views: 1645

Re: Man sneezes a bullet

Is that sort of like shitting a brick?
by Vellyr
Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sam Harris on the moral obligations of the rich
Replies: 60
Views: 5639

Re: Sam Harris on the moral obligations of the rich

There are finite resources in the world. The creation of wealth involves moving, modifying, or otherwise manipulating those resources (and thereby increasing their value). As I understand it, wealth creation independent of finite resources is the dark side of capitalism--wherein you have wealth and...
by Vellyr
Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What Tea Partiers Really Want
Replies: 341
Views: 26332

Re: What Tea Partiers Really Want

The 14th Amendment, Republicans all the way up to McConnell have called for its repeal. We're talking about the tea party, not republicans (although the difference seems to be lessening at an alarming rate). A simple google for "mcconnell tea party" shows that they're not exactly best bud...
by Vellyr
Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What Tea Partiers Really Want
Replies: 341
Views: 26332

Re: What Tea Partiers Really Want

Ok, ok, hate crimes were a bad can of worms to open and I don't really know what I'm talking about, I apologize.

Anyway, on topic, what I really want to know is what anti-discrimination laws the tea party movement has opposed. We still haven't figured out why people think they're racist.
by Vellyr
Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What Tea Partiers Really Want
Replies: 341
Views: 26332

Re: What Tea Partiers Really Want

F'rexample, if you wanna do some 'white flight' from neighborhoods that are gettin a little dark, then bon voyage. But it is just not going to be legally tolerated to refuse to sell a home to minorities. Even if it is very much a piece of property you own that some might say you should be free to d...
by Vellyr
Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What Tea Partiers Really Want
Replies: 341
Views: 26332

Re: What Tea Partiers Really Want

I think it's important to distinguish between legislation that removes barriers to equality and legislation that gives a favored status to minorities. I understand the liberal perspective that since they're underprivileged to begin with they deserve favored status, but it makes more problems when th...
by Vellyr
Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antihydrogen
Replies: 40
Views: 4983

Re: Antihydrogen

This is probably a dumb question, but why doesn't antimatter react with the photons that bounce off of it?
by Vellyr
Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Takes House, Democrats hold Senate (barely)
Replies: 103
Views: 8900

Re: GOP Takes House, Democrats hold Senate (barely)

Fuck you. You can take the time to make videos for youtube and boast about your many hits, but your poor shit-eating self can't even carry your ass to a poll to vote. Please, next time you go get shitfaced at the local bar, drink just a few more hopefully for a coma, because nobody needs your usele...
by Vellyr
Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So this girl falls 6 stories...
Replies: 55
Views: 8113

Re: So this girl falls 6 stories...

So the movies weren't lying to me all those years, store awnings really can do that!
by Vellyr
Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Right wing perspective taking a hit from genetics
Replies: 44
Views: 5017

Re: Right wing perspective taking a hit from genetics

The political right believes that genes largely explain why the poor are poor, as well as twice as likely as the rich to be mentally ill. To them, the poor are genetic mud, sinking to the bottom of the genetic pool. I think that instead of "the political right" he meant to say oh maybe......
by Vellyr
Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: France bans burqa
Replies: 27
Views: 2917

Re: France bans burqa

I totally understand the sentiment behind this, but getting rid of Islam (or any religion) is not as simple as fining it until it goes away. Nor is it something the government should be trying to do.
by Vellyr
Sat Aug 28, 2010 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freewill [Philosophy]
Replies: 189
Views: 28270

Re: Freewill [Philosophy]

As Infernovia briefly mentioned, this entire debate is a false dichotomy. We can't magically separate ourselves from the system. Your decisions may be determined by nothing more than a collection of your past experiences and your biology, but that in itself is "You". What we define as cons...
by Vellyr
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea: Trollin' the interwebz
Replies: 13
Views: 2473

Re: North Korea: Trollin' the interwebz

Why else would they say things like that? I would say rather, they don't think too hard about it. To the higher-ups that may have just been an excuse to antagonize the Americans, but to the rank-and-file soldier, yes, that is actually what they believe. They have been raised from birth as part of Ki...
by Vellyr
Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are Republicans Trying to Ruin the Economy?
Replies: 159
Views: 15599

Re: Are Republicans Trying to Ruin the Economy?

I'm leaning towards They actually have a principled opposition to deficit spending—they just didn't have it till now. Both Ezra Klein and Jonathan Chait think that Republicans have convinced themselves that deficit spending is bad, despite formerly supporting it, because they see that opposing it co...
by Vellyr
Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2124
Views: 366529

Re: A Song of Ice and Fire

Who else thinks it's sad that the green light happened like 11 months ago.. at least, that's when Martin's blog said "s' been greenlit!"? Actually, the green light happened today http://www.thrfeed.com/2010/03/hbo-greenlights-game-of-thrones-.html The network optioning the franchise happe...
by Vellyr
Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?
Replies: 80
Views: 18689

Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

Shade's Children by Garth Nix. It would make a perfect single-season anime I think.
by Vellyr
Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reid Kills Jobs Bill
Replies: 18
Views: 2147

Re: Reid Kills Jobs Bill

I think Reid is still pissed at Obama for hating on Las Vegas.
by Vellyr
Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 818932

Re: Go Away Dub Watchers: The Proper Anime Thread

It's not that his name is "Raito" romanized into "Light", it's the other way around. His name is Light, "Raito" is not a Japanese boy's name.

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