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by Whammy
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 7270

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

Hmm, actually...I would expect there to be similar results if you get a representative sample. Remember, most Americans are rather apathetic about politics in general with the diehard-partisans being a smaller group. Often enough that apathetic group, if asked a question, would just make up a positi...
by Whammy
Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 7270

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

Meh, not overly surprising. Making people argue a point does tend to move them towards agreeing with that point. For example, making a smoker make an argument about why smoking is bad can cause them to shift their attitude into a anti-smoking one. As long as there isn't a giant external justificatio...
by Whammy
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turns Out Money Does Buy Happiness
Replies: 40
Views: 6025

Re: Turns Out Money Does Buy Happiness

Good time to point out I consider myself a utilitarian in ethics? XD Just combine utilitarianism with the idea that individuals have certain inviolable rights, and it all comes out reasonably nicely. That kinda makes it not utilitarian.... But a system of rule-utilitarianism, which focuses on the d...
by Whammy
Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turns Out Money Does Buy Happiness
Replies: 40
Views: 6025

Re: Turns Out Money Does Buy Happiness

So? I second this question. Well, mostly, I don't want to be forced to fight to the death. Nobody does, presumably. Even if it's a net positive for humanity, it's a pretty bum deal for that person. Now, a purely utilitarian worldview would see no problem with it....if they believe that happiness is...
by Whammy
Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turns Out Money Does Buy Happiness
Replies: 40
Views: 6025

Re: Turns Out Money Does Buy Happiness

That comic would still work even if the computer used average happiness instead of total happiness. Nothing in the comic depends on a rising population level. Of course the big question is: Is the future seen in the comic wrong? If one person, or a group of people, really gets more happiness out of...
by Whammy
Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.
Replies: 45
Views: 5157

Re: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.

Found article by the Defense Department on the issue! http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119098 And the statement from Panetta. http://www.defense.gov/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1746 Our purpose is to ensure that the mission is carried out by the best qualified and the most capable s...
by Whammy
Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.
Replies: 45
Views: 5157

Re: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.

...I'll admit, that's something I didn't consider. If we encourage brotherhood and all that among male soldiers to the point that they are willing to die for their comrades because their brothers in arms, why is a man willing to do the same for a female comrade used as a point against them being in ...
by Whammy
Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.
Replies: 45
Views: 5157

Re: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.

...really, a sample size of 12 -_-...why is there no smiley for that face? I'd abuse the heck out of it. There's this one: :| Yeah, but it just doesn't fully capture my "You've got to be kidding me" tone XD. Not a lot of humans actually really want to be shot at, and those that really, re...
by Whammy
Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.
Replies: 45
Views: 5157

Re: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.

Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they'd be unable to do them, even as the Defense Department inches toward changing its rules to allow women in direct ground combat jobs ...really, a sample size of 12 -_-...why is...
by Whammy
Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.
Replies: 45
Views: 5157

Re: Ban on women in frontline combat removed.

Here's an NPR article on the topic if you can't get back into the Washington Post one: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/23/170093351/panetta-is-lifting-ban-on-women-in-combat-roles But before I got locked out of it, I did copy this: But an estimated 238,000 other positions — about one-fif...
by Whammy
Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Rationality.
Replies: 21
Views: 7428

Re: On Rationality.

I'm always wary of philosophies that aim to maximize the total of some quantity, whether it be total purchasing power or total "utility" or whatever. I have to wonder if such a philosophy would lead to killing people at random, or enslaving everyone under a few de facto dictators, for the...
by Whammy
Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto
Replies: 646
Views: 85306

Re: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto

friends simply helping friends loosen up and have a good time Amazing science fact: It is also possible to do this consensually! Yeah, it actually scares me a little to think that spiking someone else's drink with booze without their permission or knowledge would be just brushed aside like that. It...
by Whammy
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto
Replies: 646
Views: 85306

Re: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto

But the point is that you don't have to be evil to commit rape, it can be done accidentally if you aren't thinking about it - especially if you don't get real consent. The sooner we get over this mentality that rape is something only committed by 'evil swine' the sooner we can get to dealing with t...
by Whammy
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto
Replies: 646
Views: 85306

Re: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto

Even if Farrell has some good points and criticisms about feminism, and has some evidence that support it, I'm sure feminist and other critics of his have responses to it. But that's not relevant to this issue. Whatever valid criticisms Farrell may or may not have, that does not, in anyway, diminish...
by Whammy
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto
Replies: 646
Views: 85306

Re: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto

EDIT: Edit: I just did a time-sorted google search for "Myth of Male Power" "rape apology" . When I click on your search, I get five results. I've never seen a google search only return 5 results. Plus, one of them is reddit . Your ancedote is not data. But Azrael, if it doesn't...
by Whammy
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto
Replies: 646
Views: 85306

Re: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto

I think some context is needed to fully understand these statements. Otherwise, why were the reviews for the book so overwhelmingly positive ? Because we all know of course that the quality of an argument is based on how popular it is, right? Of course, since the first big critic named there is a c...
by Whammy
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto
Replies: 646
Views: 85306

Re: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto

I'll admit, my plan was just to sit back and lurk in this thread and one on another site about this subject because feminism and issues related to it have always been an interest to me. But I wanted to come in and jump in by sharing a post from the other thread about this issue on another site I'm o...
by Whammy
Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 176915

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

What did Idaho and Wyoming ever do to you ...and no tongue-sticking out smiley =P.

But yeah, I guess that would be another way to solve that particular issue....
by Whammy
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 176915

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

The real issue is that low-population rural states are VASTLY overrepresented in government. Oh god yes. Population of the 21 least populous US states: 34,884,637 Total people living in areas under the jurisdiction of the US federal government: 312,913,872 Because 21 states could elect 42 senators ...
by Whammy
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 176915

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

I'm a supporter of STV, but it aint going to happen. There has to be a point where gerrymandering is less effective with smaller districts. For example one representative per person makes gerrymandering impossible. Yeah, but three per district makes gerrymandering trivial. I don't think the size pe...
by Whammy
Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 176915

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Example, 2016: The Democrats can't field a black candidate every time, so there goes the black vote They may not do as well but I thought the Democrats had consistently more than 80% of the black vote prior to Obama. Yes, yes they have. The "blacks only voted for Obama because he's black"...
by Whammy
Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 23193

Re: Voting Third Party.

It doesn't automatically inform the electorate. It simply means they aren't making a decision solely based on party line. If they literally know nothing else about the candidates, and thus, choose to abstain...I have no problem with that. Research into voters tends to find that the most informed pe...
by Whammy
Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 23193

Re: Voting Third Party.

What you see as a flaw, I see as a feature. I'd be interested in less powerful political parties in general, large and small alike. Loss of brand-loyalty is a virtue, IMO. ...then stop arguing that you want third parties then? If you want third parties, you need to incentive parties to form in the ...
by Whammy
Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 23193

Re: Voting Third Party.

Local elections, voting third party is pretty viable. Third parties hold a pretty decent range of local elections, and many local elections are non-partisan anyway, so it's no big deal. Actually, it is kind of a big deal as doing so disincentives the creation of a party cause it breaks the link bet...
by Whammy
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 17669

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

I see even Randall has noticed the famous Nate Silver now. About four years ago, yes. (See title-text). ...replace 2012 with 2016 and this is sadly how I'm probably gonna react once all of this over. That, or I'm gonna go "Great, we're done here...now I got two years to study what the heck hap...
by Whammy
Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For those of us in non-swing states
Replies: 23
Views: 8177

Re: For those of us in non-swing states

Yeah, if someone did agree that the practicality of pooling together votes in order to win was more important than voting for the person who directly represents you best.. wouldn't they be voting for one of the main two candidates instead, anyway? :) Well to be fair to the OP, I think he was sugges...
by Whammy
Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 176915

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

In theory, I don't have a problem with voter ID laws as long as they: 1) Set up a way so people do not have to pay for the photographic ID (forcing people to have to pay for something in order to vote could easily be argued as a poll tax) and locations to get a photo ID are easy to get to for people...
by Whammy
Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For those of us in non-swing states
Replies: 23
Views: 8177

Re: For those of us in non-swing states

Note I don't mind things like "the two major parties have failed to successfully addresses issues surrounding X". Like drone strikes or the war on drugs? They Obama and Romney haven't even talked about climate change in the debates. They haven't directly talked about it, but Romney has ma...
by Whammy
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For those of us in non-swing states
Replies: 23
Views: 8177

Re: For those of us in non-swing states

Keep feeding the vermin and someday they'll be big enough to kill your cat. See, it's this kind of rhetoric that tends to bother me about third-party supporters; it's no different in my view from the major party supporters acting as if the other party is going to bring about the apocalypse =P. It a...
by Whammy
Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For those of us in non-swing states
Replies: 23
Views: 8177

Re: For those of us in non-swing states

There are people who do actually like what the major parties offer =P. You may approve of one of the candidates, and still disapprove of the 2-party system. In France it is very common for people to vote for a more extreme position than their own, not for gaining a majority, but to create a vocal m...
by Whammy
Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 176915

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

The Third Party Debate I started watching wasn't a debate. So I stopped watching it. I was disappointed with it as well. They forgot to let the candidates give opening statements, and then there was some awkward moments. And each candidate essentially just recited their previous speeches (from prio...
by Whammy
Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For those of us in non-swing states
Replies: 23
Views: 8177

Re: For those of us in non-swing states

I posted an argument here ( Is it worth going to vote ) that argues that the same reasoning we can use to vote for a third party candidate in non-swing states, can be used to vote for either of the major party candidates as well. Yeah, that's the thing that kind of bugged on this poll; it automatic...
by Whammy
Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For those of us in non-swing states
Replies: 23
Views: 8177

Re: For those of us in non-swing states

Since only the voters in swing states actually matter for electing the president, the rest of us in the USA have a prime opportunity to vote for someone outside the two-party duopoly. We don’t have to worry about “wasting” a vote because we don’t live in swing states. That means we are free to vote...
by Whammy
Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Changing the American election system
Replies: 98
Views: 23426

Re: Changing the American election system

When you say base democracy for the parties, I would assume you're talking about a primary system of some sort like we have here in the US where people (whether open to all or only registered party members varies by state) directly vote for the nominee who runs in the general election?
by Whammy
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 23193

Re: Voting Third Party.

Well, after looking at the candidates for congressional elections in my state, I'm voting third party for the Senate race at least. I did not know that apparently this guy ended up getting the Democratic nomination for Senate in my state. I mean, I doubt anyone will win against Bob Corker so it does...
by Whammy
Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 17664

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

....okay, that's it. From now on I'm just going to look at the dang report from BLS myself =P. Or at least keep more up to date with media...nope, just gonna go look at it myself. Cause this is starting to get rather funny for me; I think by now everything I said at the start of this thread is wrong...
by Whammy
Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 17664

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

Well, yeah, that's true, and I believe that is what a lot of this month's numbers were based on (people on the household surveys taking part-time jobs and considering themselves employed). Still, I'm willing to take any kind of good news I can get in terms of the economy; even a part time job at lea...
by Whammy
Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 17664

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

Actually the labor force participation rate went up . I love the idea that there's a massive conspiracy that includes reporting a fairly mediocre top-line number. But the Republicans have been saying government is incompetent, so who knows! Oh, I didn't know that the labor participation rate went u...
by Whammy
Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 17664

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

Easy enough to fix: Those hard-to-reconcile figures — a decline in the jobless rate even though job growth was relatively weak — appear to be at least partly explained by a sharp increase in the number of Americans who found part-time jobs and counted themselves as employed. The Associated Press not...
by Whammy
Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Political barriers to effective government
Replies: 29
Views: 7365

Re: Political barriers to effective government

Anyway, the discussion above me is actually pretty interesting cause a this moment I'm taking a Political Parties and Interest Group class this semester and the US party system is really...odd to say the least. Effectively speaking, parties in the US really don't have that much power compared to pa...

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