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by Bassoon
Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 48935

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

It's clear enough. In this case, the particular combination of words forms an idiom with a differing meaning than the words themselves would have. There are a ton of idioms like this. If both of you understand the idiom, the communication is clear. But, as has been noted, plenty of people don't und...
by Bassoon
Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I'd be willing to advise! I can't say I'll be of any help without knowing more circumstances, but I'd be happy to at least lend an ear.
by Bassoon
Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Welcome to Kentucky
Replies: 98
Views: 18665

Re: Welcome to Kentucky

Now you could imply that that's just cause most men and women are prejudiced, but if were accounting for psychic harm done to transsexuals based on society viewing them as their apparent sex, it seems we should also account for the psychic harm done to ordinary people by eliminating sex segregated ...
by Bassoon
Fri May 23, 2014 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [Trigger warning: classic literature]
Replies: 314
Views: 38672

Re: [Trigger warning: classic literature]

Nope. I am dismissive of the demand that we do rigorous medical research *before* going ahead with something that anecdotally seems to help and doesn't seem to have a real downside (if used to prepare oneself rather than avoid material entirely). There is plenty of rigorous medical research on PTSD...
by Bassoon
Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GCHQ spied on 1.8m webcams to test facial recognition
Replies: 5
Views: 3051

Re: GCHQ spied on 1.8m webcams to test facial recognition

morriswalters wrote:I see a start up in this. Makeup to break the facial recognition software software. It should be obvious by now that they don't care and they don't intend to change, despite the uproar. If you are worried that is the way to go.


Jillian Mayer's got you covered.
by Bassoon
Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1308: "Christmas Lights"
Replies: 42
Views: 19552

Re: 1308: "Christmas Lights"

It's the spectral content of each light source appearing in the comic. A neat little skit.
by Bassoon
Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1308: "Christmas Lights"
Replies: 42
Views: 19552

1308: "Christmas Lights"

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Title Text wrote:Merry Christmas from xkcd!
by Bassoon
Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...
Replies: 151
Views: 42363

Re: Bradley Manning pleads guilty to lesser charges...

A politician from Chicago with values, who only denounced Russia because they harbored a whistleblower that exposed his aministration's willingness to spy on the American people in a blatant act of homeland espionage, completely flying in the face of the Constitution? Not fucking likely. If anybody ...
by Bassoon
Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Electioneering: Voter ID law passed
Replies: 107
Views: 14488

Re: Electioneering: Voter ID law passed

It doesn't help a single bit that in order to legally work, you need to have all the ID and paperwork necessary for the I-9's. And in order to have all the paperwork, you need to have some money. And in order to have some money, you need a job... If you get to the point where you literally have nei...
by Bassoon
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Electioneering: Voter ID law passed
Replies: 107
Views: 14488

Re: Electioneering: Voter ID law passed

Scrounging around the internet, I found some "facts." For every 15,000,000 votes, 1 is fraudulent. Voter ID Laws decrease voter turnout by 2%. So let's take the North Carolina example above. North Carolina has less than 15 million people, which means it's unlikely to see any case of voter ...
by Bassoon
Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Electioneering: Voter ID law passed
Replies: 107
Views: 14488

Re: Electioneering: Voter ID law passed

I think if you require voter ID, then the ID card should be able to be provided free of charge. The problem gets hairier when you realize that if you can't get to a DMV or something, you can't even pick up the card. What if you can't afford transportation to a place that offers free ID? My best exa...
by Bassoon
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Kunsthal Heist comes to a Very Bad End
Replies: 102
Views: 20837

Re: The Kunsthal Heist comes to a Very Bad End

This is a strangely beautiful tale. A shame for the art world, but at least all their other works go up in price now, I suppose.
by Bassoon
Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Well it's one of the pitfalls on being bi; You're actually choosing to be with a member of the same sex (sometimes). I'd like to think this sort of choice is empowering, however. Having that much control, understanding the ramifications, and still going forward because you realize it's the best for...
by Bassoon
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Proposition 8 overturned.
Replies: 27
Views: 5381

Re: Proposition 8 overturned.

Okay, so I read that the mandate doesn't come into effect for three weeks, but that federal courts may resume same-sex marriage licensing at their own discretion before that deadline, per this HuffPo article (which is a shining beacon of journalism [jk lolno]): While the ban's backers can still ask ...
by Bassoon
Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Proposition 8 overturned.
Replies: 27
Views: 5381

Re: Proposition 8 overturned.

Isn't the very act of appealing the Supreme Court ruling (which ruled that a private group cannot act on behalf of the state) against the Supreme Court's ruling, which came into effect already, because the ADF is appealing on behalf of the state, which the Supreme Court just said isn't allowable? A ...
by Bassoon
Thu May 23, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 29266

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

Hold on there, you don't get to pin this idiotic rambling on "the West". You're no better than he is if you do. I'm not pinning it on the West entirely (though the West sure is fond of it). I'm saying that... I think you may have missed sardia's point. You're refering to "the west&qu...
by Bassoon
Thu May 23, 2013 4:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 29266

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

" For who? For the majority. For the British public. To get this gain, you have slandered, smeared, and shamed a largely innocent group of people (Muslims) by forcing them to be responsible for people who are as related to them as Jerry Falwell is to the Orthodox Christian Church. To implicate...
by Bassoon
Thu May 23, 2013 2:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 29266

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

Your statement, "Now I know that they don't represent Islam but some other people may certainly develop some anti Islam tendencies." says "well, I'm above feeling this way, but they're totally justifying others feeling this way!" *facepalm* NOT JUSTIFIED But many people do devel...
by Bassoon
Thu May 23, 2013 1:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 29266

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

When they advertise that they did it in the name of religion, well, its easy to develop ill feeling towards that religion. Now I know that they don't represent Islam but some other people may certainly develop some anti Islam tendencies. And that makes it okay! Because Muslims deserve the extra scr...
by Bassoon
Thu May 23, 2013 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack
Replies: 153
Views: 29266

Re: Man Beheaded in Woolwich Terror Attack

When they advertise that they did it in the name of religion, well, its easy to develop ill feeling towards that religion. Now I know that they don't represent Islam but some other people may certainly develop some anti Islam tendencies. And that makes it okay! Because Muslims deserve the extra scr...
by Bassoon
Tue May 21, 2013 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you see in a migraine aura?
Replies: 14
Views: 22272

Re: What do you see in a migraine aura?

First time ever this week. I saw a "hole" that my brain filled in, and only from context could I tell something was missing, i.e. I knew the car I was following must have two rear tires instead of only a left rear tire. Then lots of stuff on the right side started disappearing, though the...
by Bassoon
Mon May 20, 2013 2:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you see in a migraine aura?
Replies: 14
Views: 22272

Re: What do you see in a migraine aura?

I get a similar occurrence to netcrusher88. Mine appears like an irregularly-shaped splotch of metallic fluid, almost like mercury, except as it gets worse, it strobes like a pastel strobe light that cycles through the rainbow. I always get an aura before my migraines, but luckily I haven't had any ...
by Bassoon
Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Ugh, that's awful. *hugs* for Becani.
by Bassoon
Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

That...is a very, very cool idea. I might have to start using that title myself.
by Bassoon
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 91722
Views: 7006768

Re: Count to a Million

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by Bassoon
Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

holy crap I just called someone out for misogyny and they apologized and removed ALL of their offending posts. when does that ever happen I don't even
by Bassoon
Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Yeah, <3 <3 <3 for Lana!!
by Bassoon
Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

It's not about being a single-issue voter. It's about finding the candidate who best matches your opinions, and that means not being afraid of third parties, like so many people are. There's not only three candidates in this election. There's many, many more, and to try and pretend there are only th...
by Bassoon
Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

This article hits the nail on the head as to why people who are voting for Romney/Ryan, yet say they support "gay rights," are completely and utterly wrong.
by Bassoon
Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT
Replies: 72
Views: 8946

Re: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT

To all the people saying "intent doesn't matter, or must be taken into account": You're wrong. Intent does not, and cannot matter. By claiming intent does not matter, you attempt to absolve yourself from the harm your words cause. You fail to claim responsibility for your own actions. Here...
by Bassoon
Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

*hugs*, [redacted]. Arguing with people in News & Articles over why we should appropriate "gay" to no longer be an insult makes me want to pull my hair out. Basically, their arguments are all "tradition tradition tradition" and they fail to understand that the connotation of ...
by Bassoon
Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT
Replies: 72
Views: 8946

Re: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT

"Bad" no longer means "hermaphrodidic" or "effeminate". And someday, "gay" might not mean "happy" or "lascivious" or "effeminate" or "homosexual." The fluid nature of language is probably the strongest strike against yo...
by Bassoon
Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT
Replies: 72
Views: 8946

Re: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT

Listen, gay people would be less hurt by people who use the word gay to mean bad, regardless of their bigoted or unbigoted intent. You can't remove expressions of hatred but you can reduce overt expressions of hatred very effectively using social pressures. Bad - English - Etymology: Middle English...
by Bassoon
Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT
Replies: 72
Views: 8946

Re: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT

We're not the ones who coined the usage. Others coined the usage for us. You seem to think that we thrive on being called lewd and lascivious. Here's a hint: no, we don't. In fact, we have a higher suicide rate than average because of it. Why the hell don't we have a right to reclaim the word and de...
by Bassoon
Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

*sigh* I had to go through a humongous political debate with friends as to why voting for Romney is HELLA BAD for LGBTQ people, and in the end, I had to explain to people that being an ally is a privilege, and not a right. Just because you say you're pro-LGBTQ rights does not mean you actually are....
by Bassoon
Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT
Replies: 72
Views: 8946

Re: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT

Cool story, all three of you, but that doesn't change the fact that our community appropriated the word "gay" as a positive label to describe ourselves, which the heterosexist community then used as a pejorative term against us. Just because the word is changing doesn't deny its history. I...
by Bassoon
Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

*sigh* I had to go through a humongous political debate with friends as to why voting for Romney is HELLA BAD for LGBTQ people, and in the end, I had to explain to people that being an ally is a privilege, and not a right. Just because you say you're pro-LGBTQ rights does not mean you actually are. ...
by Bassoon
Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I felt pretty empowered when I was arguing with someone who was against Women's Rights today, and at the end of the argument, they proclaimed that I had "won" because they were giving up trying to change my mind. I responded with something that was pretty heartfelt and intense and I wanted...
by Bassoon
Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8235
Views: 1404748

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Cute [redacted] is cute! :D Also, spoiler for HIV stigma rant Grr, the thread in general about the use of clean is making me mad. There's this one poster, and zhe refuses to respect the fact that people are being hurt by the language that calls people who do not have STIs "clean." I ex...
by Bassoon
Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd.com/1096/ "Clinically Studied Ingredient" is offensive
Replies: 206
Views: 28137

Re: xkcd.com/1096/ "Clinically Studied Ingredient" is offens

Racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia were and are still common societal values in many places today. That does not make them any less excusable. And it's perfectly reasonable and non-offensive to depict that. How do you make a film about it (the problem) without being offensive in your world...

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