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by nicklikesfire
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 11793

Re: Winfrey presidency

I really only have a few qualifications I'd like to see in a candidate. 1 - Good critical thinking skills. 2 - Agrees with me on important issues. Oprah's support of junk science doesn't meet that first point. I don't really know anything about the second point. I'm guessing she's a nice person, but...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 11793

Re: Winfrey presidency

What does qualify someone to be a good president? What do you want to see on their resume?

I will be unhappy if Oprah gets serious traction. I don't like the idea that the US presidency is being used as a trophy for the rich and famous.
by nicklikesfire
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 35110

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

I would like to further elaborate on this. If Bob from HR posts that on his Facebook page I don't think anyone here (or elsewhere) is proposing that it is now OK to commit violence upon him. Most people probably don't want Bob to lose his job for it either... I sure as hell do want Bob to lose his ...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 538 hats riddle
Replies: 20
Views: 3929

Re: 538 hats riddle

The solution has been posted here . While strategizing, the players agree on an assignment so each player is given a unique number between 1 and 7. While playing, each player bitwise XORs the numbers of all other players wearing black hats. If the result is 0, that player guesses "black;"...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 538 hats riddle
Replies: 20
Views: 3929

Re: 538 hats riddle

With 7 people you can use two rules. Rule one - If you see four people with the same color, then you must guess that you have the opposite color. Win - 70/128 Lose - 42/128 Rule two - If you see six people with the same color, then you must guess that you have the opposite color Win - 14/128 Lose -...
by nicklikesfire
Fri May 05, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 31701

Re: Breaking Up the United States

To cover the handful of elections where there was a difference between the Electoral college and popular vote you essentially damn all rural and low population areas to no representation at all. Why spend time and money courting rural votes? Just hit NYC, LA and other big urban hubs and forget abou...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 31701

Re: Breaking Up the United States

One of the benefits of being part of such a large and heterogeneous country is that different regions, industries, cultures, what have you, essentially act as insurance for when things go poorly for one thing or another. There are always going to be LGBTQ kids born to parents wherever they are, or ...
by nicklikesfire
Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 17987

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

My family is (was) similar, though maybe not so extreme. I dealt with it by moving away and keeping things civil. If you find their behavior truly disgusting and you have to cut ties more completely,I would urge you to keep things on good terms. People change and it is always nice to leave a path op...
by nicklikesfire
Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 929879

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The uneducated do not have the tools of critical thinking. The uneducated THINK they Do have decision making tools. Just so you don't lose perspective, our leadership is well educated. Including Hillary and Trump. And that educated leadership has led us in to multiple wars since 1950. The other edu...
by nicklikesfire
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 929879

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Engineers and pre-med tend to be more religious than most other degrees (if Terrorists are anything to go by; a disturbing number of them were doctors and engineers), Do you have a source on the Engineers and pre-med being more religious? As for the terrorist thing, I don't know about doctors, but ...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Spin Series by Robert Charles Wilson - I started at the end.
Replies: 4
Views: 4849

Re: Spin Series by Robert Charles Wilson - I started at the

I finished the series (and reread vortex) two weeks ago, but I haven't had internet access since then. The three books are so disconnected that reading them in a weird order did not matter at all. Spin was amazing. Axis was okay. Vortex was also amazing. I just wish the characters from Spin had been...
by nicklikesfire
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Spin Series by Robert Charles Wilson - I started at the end.
Replies: 4
Views: 4849

Re: Spin Series by Robert Charles Wilson - I started at the

I haven't read the rest of the series, only Spin. Presumably you can still enjoy the story and the characters as they advance and you figure out "Oh that's how that happened!". I mean, if you enjoy watching a movie again, why wouldn't you enjoy this? If you like the author and their writi...
by nicklikesfire
Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Spin Series by Robert Charles Wilson - I started at the end.
Replies: 4
Views: 4849

Spin Series by Robert Charles Wilson - I started at the end.

Hi! I know at least a few people on this forum have read Spin and Axis. I read Vortex (the third book in the series) and I'm only now finding out that this is a series. Will the first two books be ruined for me because I've read the third? Is it worth going back and reading the first two? Vortex is ...
by nicklikesfire
Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 160858

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
American Psycho - Brett Easton Ellis
Mars Trilogy - Kim Stanley Robinson
by nicklikesfire
Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Thought Experiment on Progress
Replies: 120
Views: 30680

Re: A Thought Experiment on Progress

Knowing what I know now, I might choose to be born in 1930 or so. This gives me about a 3% chance of being born a male citizen of the united states. I think this gives me the best shot at being one of the astronauts that goes to the moon.
by nicklikesfire
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hunting Submarines in October - Stockholm edit
Replies: 3
Views: 2621

Re: Hunting Submarines in October - Stockholm edit

Mambrino wrote:Apparently I'm the only interested about this. Anyway,


I'm interested. Thanks for the updates.
by nicklikesfire
Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Civilian-enforced traffic laws
Replies: 60
Views: 17150

Re: Civilian-enforced traffic laws

The first thing I thought of when I saw this title: There Is a Traffic Cop Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed But maybe thats just because I do tend to exceed post speed limits occasionally. If we vastly overhauled the laws in place now, I'd be in favor of a better traffic enforcement system...
by nicklikesfire
Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 34590

Re: Science and Philosophy

Sorry for this aside, but, what exactly does a philosopher do?
by nicklikesfire
Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lottery Ticket ................
Replies: 12
Views: 5277

Re: Lottery Ticket ................

I think the upper bound is:

Spoiler:
729 tickets
tickets 001_ _ through 999_ _ (999 tickets)
take out everything that uses a zero (001 through 110, plus all multiples of ten, plus all X01 through X09)
by nicklikesfire
Wed May 21, 2014 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can (and should) judicial punishment benefit society
Replies: 97
Views: 21090

Re: Can (and should) judicial punishment benefit society

I set all this up to ask the question: do the benefits to society justify the possible overenforcement? Should we focus on eliminating overenforcement, and if so, how? Would it be better to make judicial punishments more burdensome to society, in an effort to ensure enforcement only takes place whe...
by nicklikesfire
Mon May 19, 2014 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaWorld Killer Whale Trainer Responds to 'Blackfish'.
Replies: 101
Views: 13292

Re: SeaWorld Killer Whale Trainer Responds to 'Blackfish'.

leady wrote:I wonder if you could train an Orca in a tank with open access to the sea and see whether they come back to work for food (bar the mating season)


As long as you break their spirit first, that might work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keiko_%28orca%29
by nicklikesfire
Mon May 19, 2014 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaWorld Killer Whale Trainer Responds to 'Blackfish'.
Replies: 101
Views: 13292

Re: SeaWorld Killer Whale Trainer Responds to 'Blackfish'.

I haven't seen the youtube clip yet (I might try to watch it sometime today) but I did watch Blackfish a month or so ago (I kind of wish I hadn't). If you're already against keeping Orcas in captivity, you don't need to watch the movie. I don't really see it as being a subject where there is much ro...
by nicklikesfire
Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 39691

Re: Gay Activism & Trans Rights

I would actually guess that the best thing for the trans movement would be for a super popular, likeable, and "nice", celebrity to publicly self identify as trans. Being openly black didn't really help Sammy Davis Jr I think you missed my point. I don't think it would help any particular ...
by nicklikesfire
Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 39691

Re: Gay Activism & Trans Rights

LGBT Community: Recognize our rights! 'Murca: No. LGBT Community: We're going to yell until we get rights! AAAAAAAH! 'Murca: Ok fine, we recognize that LGB folks have some rights. LGB folks: Yay! Thanks 'Murca. Let's get married and join the Coast Guard! T folks: Hey! No fair! Give those back and d...
by nicklikesfire
Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 39691

Re: Gay Activism & Trans Rights

I don't think this is the correct place for a total overview of the bacon lettuce and tomato community. If you do wish to understand, I suggest making a new thread. Oh, and your sister does identify herself as female, yes? Yes. She identifies as female. I'm only looking for an ELI5 of this thread, ...
by nicklikesfire
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 39691

Re: Gay Activism & Trans Rights

Would anyone here be willing to sum up their positions and explain it like I'm 5. You might have to explain acronyms and abbreviations to me as well. My sister is trans, and I'm looking for some help understanding the issues in this thread.
by nicklikesfire
Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Imagine you live in a country where black people have to pay double fare to sit down on a bus. Even if seats are free they must not sit down unless they pay double. White people may sit or stand as they please and pay only single fare - there is no mechanism for the white people to pay the extra fa...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

I'm not sure why her opinion on this particular piece of cultural appropriation is more valid than mine. Who do you think a Black person is more likely to share their negative opinion with about white guys with dreadlocks? You, a white guy with dreadlocks, or her, a PoC blogger who has written abou...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Personally, I find dreadlocks to be gorgeous and awesome, but I think you're missing the point; the point is that BLACK people with dreadlocks are often viewed as dirty or poor or bad, while white people are merely 'experimenting' or 'expressing themselves'. The point wasn't that white people appro...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

In the same post she rants about how a few individuals can't speak for an entire culture, she then goes on to not only speak for her culture, but also for all minority cultures! I guess what I really have an issue with, as far as this topic goes, is when people decide that they are speaking for eve...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

All of those things, literally all of them, are examples of ways to APPRECIATE other cultures. If you think reading, eating, dancing, or partaking in other cultures is passive, I'm not sure how to continue this conversation. Here; what exactly would you consider active incorporation of another cult...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

The tumblr post suggests the very opposite, where it provides a list of ways it is acceptable to incorporate other cultures into your own and/or partake in other cultures. It's actually the FIRST thing the post provides. What isn’t cultural appropration: • Trying/eating/making a culture’s food • Li...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

gmalivuk wrote:No, and no one has ever suggested that you must never even hint at doing anything that might have been influenced by the practices or aesthetics of another culture. Appropriation is a small subset of cultural borrowing.


That tumblr post you linked to earlier seems to hint that very much.
by nicklikesfire
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

But if you happen to be a white kid who was raised in a cult with no education, you are not "disadvantaged". Instead, we'll just judge your entire history of being disadvantaged by your skin color, because that's the best way to understand people. :roll: That's an incredible mischaracteri...
by nicklikesfire
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

So I have another question. Without cultural appropriation (the dominate culture appropriating aspects of a minority culture), does majority culture just have to stay "white" forever? That sentence even looks boring. Sorry if this is a weird question, maybe I'm phrasing it wrong?
by nicklikesfire
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

What isn’t cultural appropration: What is cultural appropriation: • Wearing specific items of clothing that may (and probably do) have deeper meaning as a costume. Like on Halloween. • Wearing specific items of clothing to be trendy or fashionable. • Trying to imitate their natural beauty standards...
by nicklikesfire
Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

I think this is more equivalent to a vet getting offended over a plastic toy medal. I see your point for sure. To me, the plastic medal or replica war bonnet has no legitimate tie to the original, and thus, no reason to be offensive. And I'd like to think that this kind of thing (if it were appropr...
by nicklikesfire
Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

That specific example is exactly what I'm talking about. I don't walk around wearing a fake medal of honor. It'd be bullshit if I do. People would be entirely justified to tell me to knock it off. And Tyndmyr demonstrates a really telling example when somehow doing that to a decorated veteran from ...
by nicklikesfire
Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Who decides what is or isn't disrespectful? Perhaps the culture being appropriated? Your responses are a bit... indicative of feeling like you're (white people!) the victim here, not the culture being appropriated. The common thread I've seen in people not understanding WHY this sort of appropriati...
by nicklikesfire
Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 71884

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

When the appropriation is disrespectful, people are going to get upset. Especially when the disrespectful appropriation is done by a majority that has been historically repressive to a minority. Who decides what is or isn't disrespectful? To start with a fairly innocuous example: I'm sure plenty of...

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