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by Soteria
Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 85114

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Hardly. In Phorrest's example, his mother said she was worried about Hillary being some sort of Satanist. She doesn't seem very rational, sadly, but you can't honestly say that anyone here is "believing them when they say what their interests aare." And even if we ignore that example, mos...
by Soteria
Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 85114

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

It's not a matter of claiming to know their interests better than them, it's a matter of believing them when they say what their interests aare, and then knowing enough history and economics to make a good guess about what candidates and policies will serve those interests. Hardly. In Phorrest's ex...
by Soteria
Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 85114

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

The situation I and Pfhorrest were responding to was about whether people can be trusted to act reliably in their own interests, not about debating. It is often a fairly odious attitude, though--that voters ought to strictly vote "in their own interests," and that you, the rational libera...
by Soteria
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 532
Views: 89276

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Unless I'm missing something, Soteria didn't change the argument he/she was making, he just presented a different one to what other people were. By accusing him of "changing the argument" you seem to be claiming he's the same as the people denying climate change altogether. Yes, you're mi...
by Soteria
Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 532
Views: 89276

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

The real problem is that implementing such controls isn't a technical engineering problem; it requires involving the political and economic system. And not just of one country, but the entire world. That problem can't be solved by engineering techniques; it requires persuading the political and cor...
by Soteria
Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 532
Views: 89276

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Is the warming human caused? It doesn't matter. (It is, but it doesn't matter) We need to do what we can to stop it, because regardless of the cause it is bad for us, and even if we weren't responsible (which we are), it would be absolutely vital that we develop a way to stop it (and we should be g...
by Soteria
Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1670: "Laws of Physics"
Replies: 46
Views: 11619

Re: 1670: "Laws of Physics"

@SuicideJunkie: Don't worry, I measured, the line is 220px long. It'll hit straight in the face when it's at its the lowest point. Yeah. I *do* believe in the laws of physics, and that ball is definitely going to hit him. Though I would argue his eyes aren't the things that are in most danger of be...
by Soteria
Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US midterm election GOP to win
Replies: 100
Views: 21776

Re: US midterm election GOP to win

So looking beyond the US for a bit, just how fucked is the rest of the world, with these election results? Will it impact foreign policy in a major way? Or the world economy? I doubt this will effect the rest of the world much. most foreign relations is the realm of the prez, who hasn't changed. Pl...
by Soteria
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Red Cross diverted aid to PR machine during disasters
Replies: 14
Views: 4226

Re: Red Cross diverted aid to PR machine during disasters

Bureaucrats are only part of the problem. The mid level bureacrats see the problem and reportrd it to higher ups to fix. It's the people in charge are the ones ignoring the problem. I think the better explanation is the Red Cross is composed of good people but are headed by corrupt (aka typical sho...
by Soteria
Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 142001

Re: Gamergate

"private citizens," sure, in the sense that they don't work for the gov't, but they're already in the public eye or they wouldn't be a target. Someone without a blog or significant online presence is not a target. Someone could dox me, but why? I probably would barely notice because nobody...
by Soteria
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 58148

Re: Ebola thread

** for pedantic gun nuts: use the legal definition of "machine gun" and maybe an M-16 instead of the military's idea of .50 monsters. I'm assuming that internal walls would eventually stop the bullets. I realize this is totally off topic, but... what? "machine gun" just means a ...
by Soteria
Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 58148

Re: Ebola thread

The politicization surprised me at first, though I don't know why. I'm pretty skeptical of the theory that conservatives have a deep-seated fear of disease. At least as presented here, it just doesn't seem very well-developed: Some of this is done on the societal level, and finds that societies with...
by Soteria
Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
Replies: 54
Views: 13102

Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

The argument, as I understand it, was that even though homosexuals have/had the same right to marry someone of the opposite gender as heterosexuals do, that they are being shorted because they can only be fulfilled, or can only love someone of the same gender. Well, let's stop there, since that's c...
by Soteria
Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
Replies: 54
Views: 13102

Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

The argument, as I understand it, was that even though homosexuals have/had the same right to marry someone of the opposite gender as heterosexuals do, that they are being shorted because they can only be fulfilled, or can only love someone of the same gender. By extension, someone could easily argu...
by Soteria
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
Replies: 54
Views: 13102

Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

The Supreme Court has refused to hear appeals against the legalization of same-sex marriage in five states, meaning that there is, or soon will be, marriage equality in 24 states as well as the District of Columbia. These states contain a majority of the US population (165 million by my count), and...
by Soteria
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Today's Independent on Sunday
Replies: 23
Views: 5642

Re: Today's Independent on Sunday

They had, and to some extent still have, a reputation built on success in open battle. Inevitably that's going to disappear if all of Europe and the US decides to send in ground troops. I think probably they just don't understand us (we certainly don't understand them), and either think we won't re...
by Soteria
Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Today's Independent on Sunday
Replies: 23
Views: 5642

Re: Today's Independent on Sunday

How will it help their cause? Their goal is an Sunni Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. How does a war with the US (and the rest of the western world) help them. They were actually very close to their goal, they had conquered huge tracts of land, were growing very rapidly, and Iraq was in a state of ...
by Soteria
Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 970243

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Completely off-topic, but your confidence in their reporting reminds me of the comments I read on an article about the Aral Sea drying up. They had satellite pictures showing the progression over 10 years, and one person commenting on it asked if we knew whether all the pictures were taken at the sa...
by Soteria
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years
Replies: 21
Views: 5893

Re: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/1409030-animals-wildlife-wwf-decline-science-world/?google_editors_picks=true National Geographic's take on this is somewhat cautious: The overall message is that biodiversity continues to decline, says Stuart Pimm, a conservation ecologist at Duke Uni...
by Soteria
Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hong Kong: Streets blocked as pro-democracy protests spread
Replies: 46
Views: 10260

Re: Hong Kong: Streets blocked as pro-democracy protests spr

You should have told him about the U.S. response to Hamas winning elections. It gives a more nuanced picture of what diplomatic retaliation looks like. I didn't give that example, but I did tell him there's a difference between what we would say publicly (and the American people at large would expe...
by Soteria
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 36549

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:Has anyone else misread the title as "Catatonia strikes back"?


Yes.
by Soteria
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hong Kong: Streets blocked as pro-democracy protests spread
Replies: 46
Views: 10260

Re: Hong Kong: Streets blocked as pro-democracy protests spr

Yeah, a Chinese friend of mine asked me what the US would do if Taiwan held a vote to decide if they should unite with mainland China. I told him that it would really be up to the Taiwanese, which he was pretty skeptical of--he thought Americans would be angry at any president who allowed something ...
by Soteria
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years
Replies: 21
Views: 5893

Re: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years

Is there some kind of peer-reviewed report, or did they just publish it on their website/to journalists?
by Soteria
Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 36549

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

CorruptUser wrote:Fun fact, Texas and Virginia both voted to stay in the Union (barely), but the people in charge happened to be plantation owners.


Source? My understanding is that Texas voted overwhelming to secede, over Houston's veto, and that Virginia did as well--after Sumter.
by Soteria
Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Civilian-enforced traffic laws
Replies: 60
Views: 17913

Re: Civilian-enforced traffic laws

If an intersection can be safely passed through without stopping then it should have a give way sign not a stop sign. Write to your local authority and have them review the intersection. Reaction times and stopping distances vary, stop signs account for this. The safe, efficient, and therefore corr...
by Soteria
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 347046

Re: Gun Control

I thought Gone with the Wind made a decent argument for why an armed society might actually be pretty civil. Not because someone might draw their gone and shoot you dead (that would be murder and you'd probably end up hanged), but knowing that you might face serious consequences for any egregious i...
by Soteria
Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I am not in shape, but would like to try.
Replies: 5
Views: 7685

Re: I am not in shape, but would like to try.

As someone who has gotten into shape (and out of shape) multiple times, I can say that probably the two best ways to get in shape for me were crossfit and crew (rowing). Both emphasize using the entire body and core strength rather than big muscles. The ergometer, aka erg or rowing machine is the si...
by Soteria
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Pronunciation of Sudo
Replies: 90
Views: 46555

Re: The Pronunciation of Sudo

Since both pronunciations unambiguously mean one thing, it makes sense to interpret both as valid ways to describe executing a command as superuser. Therefore, the correct stance is not choosing one over the other and anyone who says otherwise is not only wrong, but also a bad person. Nonsense. The...
by Soteria
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 347046

Re: Gun Control

You do remember why the Earps had that gunfight, right? The "cowboys" were not good guys, but in the end were killed just because they were carrying firearms in town. Who said anything about good guys? And no, they weren't. They were killed because they wanted a fight. This is akin to say...
by Soteria
Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Creator of the Pop-Up Ad Issues a Public Apology
Replies: 16
Views: 6333

Re: Creator of the Pop-Up Ad Issues a Public Apology

I think his point was less to apologize for the pop-up ad itself and more to apologize for helping push the internet to ad-based revenue, which is so antithetical to privacy.
by Soteria
Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 35038

Re: Scottish Independence

I don't know if I'd call it terrible and tragic, but I do agree that it's a major decision and shouldn't be decided by a bare majority.
by Soteria
Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 347046

Re: Gun Control

You do remember why the Earps had that gunfight, right? The "cowboys" were not good guys, but in the end were killed just because they were carrying firearms in town.


Who said anything about good guys? And no, they weren't. They were killed because they wanted a fight.
by Soteria
Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 150373

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

From what I understand, the Korean DMZ is also a nice WildLife Preserve. Is it a Three Mile Strip or a Five Mile Strip? What does that have to do with guiding our actions and reactions in 2014? Blameless and Perfect we stand? The Americans of the US and our model. Blameless and Perfect? I think we ...
by Soteria
Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 970243

Re: Police misbehavior thread

But who will watch the watcher that watches the watchmen?
by Soteria
Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 150373

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

I don't think you can "declare war and lie about it." Declaring war by definition is a public statement of intent. And historically we (the west) definitely have intervened by sending in troops to fight for whichever side we decide to back. You'd have to have a pretty short-term memory to ...
by Soteria
Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 970243

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Speaking of NYC police having to pay out money--http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/drug-law/nyc-pays-after-cops-mistake-three-men-s-jolly-ranchers-crystal-meth They repeatedly searched these guys after they came out of the store with some candy. Apparently the cops watch too much TV and think yo...
by Soteria
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 150373

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

Well, in some cases "western" reporting can certainly seem pretty unified. I remember during the whole fuss about Georgia, most of the focus seemed to be on the evil things Russia was doing and how Georgia is a US ally being bullied by their larger neighbor. You never heard from *any* west...
by Soteria
Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 970243

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Human rights lawyer arrested for standing on sidewalk while Muslim. Police also suspicious because she has a different last name from her husband. I don't know how they would be able to tell she was Muslim. Another article said she "was wearing a traditional Indian tunic and pants on the day o...
by Soteria
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 150373

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

Is this a newer escalation beyond the original russian incursion for a land link to Crimea? I'm trying to figure out if you are referring to something new, like the resurgence of the rebels beyond what Russian troops provide. OT, I was referring to Sherman's march to the sea, and the concept of tot...
by Soteria
Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 578120

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Lucrece, there are other kinds of rape besides movie-rape. https://www.musc.edu/vawprevention/research/sa.shtml Yes, men don't go around with knives demanding sex, but rape is still a problem. Most of it involves getting an acquaintance drunk, and having sex despite them saying no, or being unrespo...

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