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by J Thomas
Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

Heinlein was a . . . excellent writer, Hahaha. NO! His skills changed over time. Maybe kind of like Picasso. I picked up _Methuselah's Children_ a few years ago and I could hardly read it, even though I hadn't noticed anything wrong when I was a kid. But _Friday_ was well-written by mainstream stan...
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

Heinlein was a . . . excellent writer, Hahaha. NO! His skills changed over time. Maybe kind of like Picasso. I picked up _Methuselah's Children_ a few years ago and I could hardly read it, even though I hadn't noticed anything wrong when I was a kid. But _Friday_ was well-written by mainstream stan...
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 33842

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

TL;DR: She's pissed off that drone strikes focus on things that don't really matter. IE: A civilian death is a civilian death, whether it is by militants or drone strikes. It bothers me that she would assert moral equivalence between the US military and Al Qaeda. I added that part. Perhaps you shou...
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

I'm sure your tax dollars are of having lots of fun warring around the globe. I'm sure he's against that waste of tax dollars as well. And I think the most important part of his statement was this: when government research money has far more plausible targets. We don't need to embrace a path of &qu...
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 33842

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

KnightExemplar wrote:TL;DR: She's pissed off that drone strikes focus on things that don't really matter. IE: A civilian death is a civilian death, whether it is by militants or drone strikes.


It bothers me that she would assert moral equivalence between the US military and Al Qaeda.
by J Thomas
Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

I do not volunteer. We have various examples of straight males tortured until they are willing to perform skilled homosexual sex, but I don't think it's clear whether we should say they in fact want to do so. And there are lots of examples of women beaten until they are willing to be prostitutes an...
by J Thomas
Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5246
Views: 629911

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Well, that's why they have staff. In my ideal world we would have some sort of proportional representation and a higher ratio of representatives to people. The two party system means that the parties can basically ignore issues they are uncomfortable with, and they can be comfortable in their seats...
by J Thomas
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13619
Views: 1614023

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hookworm#Prevention "These programs may also stress that shoes must be worn, however these come with their own health risks and may not be effective" I'm not 100% sure I trust the source cited in the Wiki article for that. It might have a bias. Agreed, just th...
by J Thomas
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

How do you know? I haven't heard of anybody trying that one, either. And I expect it would vary for your other examples. If you beat people for wanting to wear women's clothing, some of them would take a lot more beating than others. Some of them might die of the beating before they are convinced. ...
by J Thomas
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

The concept of an opposite has no inherent basis in logic, and can easily be abused, but essentially all of that is irrelevant. Gender is socially constructed. We might say that people have personality traits, partially contingent upon biology, which determine their propensity to adopt one gender n...
by J Thomas
Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

If it happens, and you don't want to face it, tell them you didn't know. It wasn't your fault. She tricked you. They will probably forgive you. But in the meantime, it is very much to your advantage not to tell anybody about her. It becomes your own dirty secret. If very few people know...
by J Thomas
Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13619
Views: 1614023

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Really? I recall reading the opposite; barefoot running is more likely to lead to foot injuries and other foot issues (for example, there's no support for one's arches, especially if you're flat-footed like me). People walk different without shoes. It results in different sets of strong muscles. It...
by J Thomas
Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

Kind of personal. But the bulk of the reason? You want to know the biggest reason for my apparent transphobia? The main reason I'd rather not even experiment with this sort of thing? Why I would get freaked out if it turned out my one night stand was trans and not cis? I'm afraid people I k...
by J Thomas
Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

Exactly. And we have the same problem with asteroid mining. At present it takes far more resources than we can afford, to find out whether it could pay off. Don't think so. Government has always funded these things. Don't mistake my ridicule of technological solutions that aren't ready for prime ti...
by J Thomas
Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

Various people claim that the trans/cis thing is not important and it's wrong to demand that people announce they're trans because it's discriminatory, and in practically the same breath argue that arbitrary age limits are right and proper! For starters, age laws are based on issues of consent; you...
by J Thomas
Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

At present it takes far more resources than we can afford, to find out whether it could pay off. A launch loop on the other hand seems a bit more doable, Why aren't we building one? Difficult or perhaps unsolvable technical issues perhaps? That's the problem with difficult technical issues, it's ea...
by J Thomas
Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5246
Views: 629911

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Term limits on Congressmen is actually a really, really terrible idea. It sounds good, but in practice it makes a Congress filled with inexperienced legislators who, having little idea what they're doing, look to more experienced people to help them. Sometimes that is people who have been in Congre...
by J Thomas
Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

I laugh at your launch loop and I whoop at your space elevator. I can write about a star ship but I can't ride in one. I'm all for either, and for mom and apple pie to. A space elevator presumes you can get the launch costs down to where it's practical to loft enough into orbit enough of the raw ma...
by J Thomas
Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

I want to point out that the people who say it's fine not to tell people you're TG but it is not only not fine to tell them you're legally an adult when they might not be, and in fact not at all OK to have sex with somebody young when you're older -- WTF? There's the argument that there's a law agai...
by J Thomas
Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

Kill two birds with one stone. Waiting won't do anything useful. Waiting for technologies that may never materialize is foolish. Launch costs will go down by the virtue of a reduction in the mass we won't have to loft. This is one of the first things I have seen from NASA in the last years that mak...
by J Thomas
Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

No technology emerges fully mature. There's always the beta version with all it's foibles, and you learn all manner of stuff actually working with tech in practice. That's gonna happen regardless of when the first time is. So, the question really is, do you want the first time to be a small little ...
by J Thomas
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

No technology emerges fully mature. There's always the beta version with all it's foibles, and you learn all manner of stuff actually working with tech in practice. That's gonna happen regardless of when the first time is. So, the question really is, do you want the first time to be a small little ...
by J Thomas
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

I've been hesitant to jump into this thread. But I've been growing more and more surprised at some of the people in this thread, and I have to ask: What happened to the "Don't be a dick" motto? If you know, or have good reason to believe, that someone would not have sex with you if they k...
by J Thomas
Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

No technology emerges fully mature. There's always the beta version with all it's foibles, and you learn all manner of stuff actually working with tech in practice. That's gonna happen regardless of when the first time is. So, the question really is, do you want the first time to be a small little ...
by J Thomas
Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

So honestly, what's to be gained by not telling your partner. Do you seriously not understand why someone might hesitate to out themself? In this context? If it's a relationship with a partner, I think you ought to tell early. If you wait too long they won't understand why you waited so long. It co...
by J Thomas
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Offshore Tax Havens and 21st Century Robber Barons
Replies: 20
Views: 3475

Re: Offshore Tax Havens and 21st Century Robber Barons

Heisenberg wrote:
J Thomas wrote:But if the Libertarian guy wins and we get Bush again I think I might just give up completely.

I guarantee that will not happen.


Yeah, I know, he'll never ever win. But still....
by J Thomas
Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Offshore Tax Havens and 21st Century Robber Barons
Replies: 20
Views: 3475

Re: Offshore Tax Havens and 21st Century Robber Barons

Meh. People not voting can be a good thing. Right now, elections are still mostly decided by low information voters. You get people railing over Obama being a kenyan or muslim or whatever stupid tripe is the popular thing of the day. Sometimes, I wish that less people were interested in voting, so ...
by J Thomas
Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

The attempts at justifying transphobia in this thread is astounding. I don't really think that identifying that the other party/s in a sexual encounter have the right to a full disclosure of (in their mind) relevant information really qualifies as 'transphobia'. This is as close as I've noticed to ...
by J Thomas
Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

You could, I suppose, think of consent as something that exists on a continuum, or as a skill that some people (or pairs) have more of than others. More communication is better, and the case in the OP is probably an example of very bad communication, which makes the consent dubious. That's good! I ...
by J Thomas
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

You'd be amazed how much we spend fighting teenagers with ak-47s and explosives. of course, if we're gonna be using kinetic energy weapons, this one is quite messey. Sure. This is not good for dealing with teenagers with AK47s and explosives. Maybe what we ought to do is we deal with the teenagers ...
by J Thomas
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CFAA draft would make ToS violations a felony
Replies: 19
Views: 3447

Re: CFAA draft would make ToS violations a felony

But don't you need to break the TOS in a way that involves those conditions? At least that's how I read what from what the Law Professor wrote. edit: Ok so the controversial section I think is: (2) intentionally— (A) accesses a computer without authorization, and thereby obtains— (i) information co...
by J Thomas
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

I dunno, on a scale of one-to-"species-wide extinction", I feel like "learning to deflect asteroids" is actually pretty important. I rather like the Military application of this new project. With precise projectary calculations, we could be fling natural astroides at hostile nat...
by J Thomas
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

Oh, such a reaction is certainly understandable , but that in no way makes it acceptable . Having wrong done to you does not give you the right to inflict (or threaten to inflict) murder and mayhem upon your political opponents, especially when such will be incredibly counter-productive. I agree wi...
by J Thomas
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

Jesus, Brace's ANFO comment was so far beyond the pale that it isn't even funny any more. If they'd excused it as a momentary outburst and distanced themselves from the comment then it would be okay; everyone says stupid stuff when stressed once in a while. But they didn't do that; they defended th...
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability
Replies: 149
Views: 8793

Re: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability

Cheap transit is hugely important. See, in economics, there's something called Competitive Advantage. It is the foundation of modern society. In short, it is more efficient to specialize in doing one thing, and trade that with other specialists, than it is to be a generalist. This principle also ap...
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid
Replies: 87
Views: 4806

Re: NASA plans to rassle an asteroid

Yoshisummons wrote:Ah the old saying, if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.


If it's not worth doing at all, then it's not worth doing well.
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

I just think people should have the right to retroactively withdraw consent to sex, as they do in most other cases of consenting to something. I kind of like the idea. I am just having trouble thinking about how to make it work. For example, there's this guy named John, and Mary asks him to sign a ...
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Carolina bill to eliminate secularism
Replies: 83
Views: 5187

Re: North Carolina bill to eliminate secularism

Over what time period are you considering "historically" to be? Somehow I get the feeling that there weren't that many whistleblowers in Genghis Khan's army. Or, at least, not for long. The idea that soldiers should have a code of conduct and actually treat prisoners/civilians in a humane...
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 18216

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

If there's a reasonable expectation someone wouldn't sleep with you if you revealed certain information (lying to them in other words), then you're denying them informed consent. Informed consent is required for consensual sex. I'm trying to imagine how that works for you. You're with somebody and ...
by J Thomas
Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability
Replies: 149
Views: 8793

Re: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability

We get most of this energy from fossil sources, of which we've got a limited stock that won't be renewed before a few millions years. Replacement of these sources of energy with renewable energies, while not impossible, would require a long time (many decades) and huge investments. Neither you, you...

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