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by Libertine
Sun Dec 28, 2008 3:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Computer Education in Schools
Replies: 34
Views: 4014

Re: Computer Education in Schools

It's not that they didn't have the lessons and therefore can't type properly on a keyboard... it's that they don't -want- to type properly on a keyboard. I disagree, mostly. It takes alot of repetition and drills to learn which fingers go with which keys. A person who has never been taught would ne...
by Libertine
Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Computer Education in Schools
Replies: 34
Views: 4014

Re: Computer Education in Schools

Definately teach the basics: keyboarding and word processing. My school had a keyboarding class in 9th grade and it was really helpful, I can type correctly and quickly. I've known other people who never had a keyboarding class who struggle to type anything, using the hunt-and-peck method and it's r...
by Libertine
Sat Dec 20, 2008 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Necrophilia
Replies: 31
Views: 8013

Re: Necrophilia

There's nothing immoral about necrophilia, but it's still highly unnatural. If you really want to have sex with the dead, you got problems, you're just fucked up. People have ideas of what they want/don't want to happen to them when they die. Nobody wants their remains to be disrespected. It's a mat...
by Libertine
Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118090

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

My mother smoked cigs when I was over 6 pounds. She is not proud of it, but was addicted. Should she go to jail? Mine smoked as well, also very addicted. She managed to give up caffeine. I suffered no obvious effects from it except for being a bit underweight. There's a significant difference betwe...
by Libertine
Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118090

Re: Rights of an unborn child

I can think of one: Any child discovered with FAS or any similar condition could be taken into custody of Child Protective Services, and the mother could be tried for child abuse. Yes, but that's after the fact. At that point, the damage is already done. I meant a way to enforce it while the mother...
by Libertine
Sun Nov 23, 2008 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118090

Re: Rights of an unborn child

And I wondered to myself, how many people actually think that? How many people actually think that the mother's comfort should come before the baby's health? Why wouldn't the child have any rights in this situation, and others like it? In this situation, where the woman intends to have the baby, I ...
by Libertine
Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NYT: Teenager's Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing
Replies: 7
Views: 2311

Re: NYT: Teenager's Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing

The more a person is exposed to, the more they'll become interested in things, and that's true of all ages. I got net access when I was 13 and spent alot of time talking online, but I also developed a genuine interest in computers and the internet and started to learn how it all works. It was a nece...
by Libertine
Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mortality
Replies: 75
Views: 9766

Re: Mortality

hack124x768 wrote:My only fear of death (aside from the usual causing pain to family and friends bit) is what happens when they find my porn folders. :p

Keep it encrypted, that's what I do anyways. I don't want anybody reading anything on my computer when I die either.
by Libertine
Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mortality
Replies: 75
Views: 9766

Re: Re:

Anyway, I was curious, is death something that you feel comfortable talking with people about, in a matter-of-fact or light manner? What about others you know, are they put off by it? It's not something I bring up in polite conversation with acquaintances, but I talk about it with friends and famil...
by Libertine
Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Magazines You Read/Subscribe to
Replies: 41
Views: 5649

Re: Magazines You Read/Subscribe to

L'Officiel, Nylon, Scientific American are all occasional reads
by Libertine
Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drugs in America, the War on Drugs, and What Should Change
Replies: 191
Views: 14600

Re: Drugs in America, the War on Drugs, and What Should Change

I also think drugs should be legalized, especially the soft drugs. Here are some of my thoughts: I don't believe everything I read about drugs. There's a ton of propaganda. I suspect the problems of drug use are exaggerated, the numbers skewed. Us 'normals' don't go around making trouble or publiciz...
by Libertine
Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: What the Bleep Do We Know?!
Replies: 42
Views: 5892

Re: What the Bleep Do We Know?!

It's horrible. I got through half of it before deleting it. Pseudoscience New Age mysticism, it is not a serious documentary on quantum physics. If you like real science, you will not like this film. They try to pass off mystics as being true scientists. It's the type that starts out with a few fact...
by Libertine
Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Your favorite childhood movies
Replies: 45
Views: 7032

Re: Your favorite childhood movies

I absolutely loved The Little Mermaid, I still watch it now and then. I'll even admit to having seen both the sequels. I miss the more traditional animation like that style.
by Libertine
Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies with a meaning
Replies: 44
Views: 5922

Re: Movies with a meaning

The Killing Fields and Ghost World come to mind. Lots of others that have already been mentioned.
by Libertine
Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 168924

Re: Books you never finished

I never finished "Godel Escher Bach" by Hofstadter or "Kafka on the Shore" by Murakami. I've got a bad habit of just looking up the ending on Wikipedia if I get bored/curious. I stopped reading Marcus Aurelius's "Meditations" with only about 10 pages left but it's repet...
by Libertine
Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mortality
Replies: 75
Views: 9766

Re: Mortality

I don't remember what age I really started thinking about death. Nobody discussed it with me when I was younger, and nobody close to me died when I was younger. The first person close to me to die passed away earlier this year, and it was an unpleasant end-of-life experience. My viewpoint is conflic...
by Libertine
Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EA sued over Spore DRM
Replies: 118
Views: 10617

Re: EA sued over Spore DRM

I upgrade my PC yearly. What happens if 5 years from now EA has gone under or decides to stop validating on a case-by-case basis? I call that renting.
by Libertine
Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 39893

Re: Slurs

My issue with this is "more unacceptable". I highly disagree with the idea that one slur is "more acceptable" than another. A black guy calling a gay white guy faggot is not "more acceptable" than a gay white guy calling a black guy nigger. That's a shitty outlook IMO. ...
by Libertine
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 39893

Re: Slurs

And I'm saying it is oppressive. And no, black people are not minorities everywhere. It obviously varies by region. And that they are oppressed is certainly debatable in today's society. Let's keep it that way by not having the attitude that racism or sexism or any other type of discrimination is 'o...
by Libertine
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 39893

Re: Slurs

Knowing that if I leave the house people are going to feel it's OK to be rude to me for no particular reason, and get away with it because they're technically a minority, over something that I cannot help or change sounds pretty oppressive to me. 1. burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical: an oppr...
by Libertine
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 39893

Re: Slurs

If someone calls me cracker I'm going to be pissed, I don't care if I'm in the majority or not. I don't care what is said about me behind closed doors but intentional rudeness has no place in public. Common decency and all that. The taboos against public racial slurs are probably what has kept the s...
by Libertine
Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anonymous Government
Replies: 24
Views: 2573

Re: Anonymous Government

I don't think you could trust government workers to keep their identity secret from one another. People just don't do well at keeping secrets to begin with, word would get around who is who eventually. If your idea is to vote for the policy and not the person, I think that's a pretty good idea. But ...
by Libertine
Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cringe
Replies: 225
Views: 66759

Re: Fringe

Sexual tension is way more effective when it remains JUST tension though. You could tell from the first episode that she'll end up banging Peter, which I don't really prefer -- Broyles is much more age appropriate even if he is probably a baddie. Seriously that takes all the fun out of fanfic when i...
by Libertine
Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EA sued over Spore DRM
Replies: 118
Views: 10617

Re: EA sued over Spore DRM

I don't play games, but I kept up with the Spore DRM controversy when it was released. The DRM on Spore was particularly crippling -- consumers think they are buying the game when in reality they are only renting the game. That is, at a minimum, false advertising. I'm not surprised EA is getting sue...
by Libertine
Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cringe
Replies: 225
Views: 66759

Re: Fringe

I've seen the first 4 episodes and I'm hooked. Solid characters, good plot, overreaching conspiracy theory. I was an X-Phile so this is right up my alley.
by Libertine
Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Killers - Day And Age
Replies: 4
Views: 1027

Re: The Killers - Day And Age

I'll get it when it comes out, I liked their first 2 albums. Just recently got Sawdust but haven't listened to it yet. I was a bit late to the Killers bandwagon, I regret missing seeing them live when they came to my city as they're probably my favorite band from this decade. What's wrong with Brand...
by Libertine
Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118090

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

If I'm not misunderstanding, I kinda already said that. Well, you quoted my original quote, which was "If you argue that life is the most important thing ever, why not mandate that everyone must donate a kidney or give blood?" and responded "Why not? Because they happen to believe in...
by Libertine
Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118090

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

So you wouldn't mind if somebody, say, killed you, or your parents, or a random stranger right in front of you? They're just atoms to be dispersed? You won't like my answers, but I'll be honest. You're free to think I am evil incarnate (and I hereby predict the response "Yeah, I do"). If ...
by Libertine
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118090

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

I don't value the life of anything that can't sustain life on its own without aid from any one specific host. I think you've hit a key point and your analogy of releasing an animal into the wild is how I feel about the situation also. Except my view extends even further to "Life is not 'sacred...
by Libertine
Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Soundtracks (movies, games, whatev)
Replies: 51
Views: 4320

Re: Favorite Soundtracks (movies, games, whatev)

My favorite is the Paprika soundtrack. I also like the LotR soundtrack and the Titanic soundtrack.
by Libertine
Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")
Replies: 113
Views: 7988

Re: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")

I always assumed it is partly taxpayer funded, because the police force is paid for by taxes (isn't it?) and they are the ones in charge of traffic and crowd control. And our tax dollars go for pretty much anything the local government decides to do or endorse (like fireworks shows, at a public disp...
by Libertine
Sun Oct 05, 2008 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: E-books
Replies: 28
Views: 4691

Re: E-books

I like e-books. Saves me the trouble of wagging a ton of heavy books around with me everytime I move. And I can curl up in bed and read them on my Eee PC without my arms getting tired. I get them off bittorrent. I do buy traditional books, but if it's a novel I usually throw it away when I'm done re...
by Libertine
Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")
Replies: 113
Views: 7988

Re: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")

But does every group get to have their fun if it involves shutting down a major city for an entire day? I say have your fun, meet in a park, or a place that's designated a RECREATION AREA. Not the middle of friggen market street where you have to have a ton of cops and state paid for security etc t...
by Libertine
Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118090

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

It's kinda like saying, "You have no qualms shooting a wolf. What's so different about shooting your pet dog Mr. Scruffles? After all, they're both in the canine family." This might be nitpicky, but there is no difference between shooting a wolf and shooting a dog. None whatsoever, other ...
by Libertine
Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Questions about society and knowledge
Replies: 34
Views: 4489

Re: Questions about society and knowledge

⋅ What level of efficiency (as in, about what percent of knowledge and/or mastery) in arts, sciences, etc. is expected from the individual in these societies, at certain points in his/her life (adulthood for instance)*, ⋅ How intelligent the average citizen is considered to be (...
by Libertine
Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the government regulate marriage?
Replies: 51
Views: 4613

Re: Should the government regulate marriage?

If the government wants to go with "household" income, why shouldn't I be able to invite my sister, a single mother, to live with me so she can raise my nephew without the stress of being a single parent without enough education to support herself, and take her off the welfare rolls and l...
by Libertine
Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the government regulate marriage?
Replies: 51
Views: 4613

Re: Should the government regulate marriage?

SJ Zero, if you don't think the government should deal with marriage at all, then how are they going to decide financial matters? Should they pull out of that altogether and just let people take care of themselves? Indon made a very good point about taxes, for example. If a single man makes $100,000...
by Libertine
Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the government regulate marriage?
Replies: 51
Views: 4613

Re: Should the government regulate marriage?

It doesn't matter whether the regulation is at the state or federal level -- both enforce the views of the majority on every citizen. They are not really two different scenarios. Letting the state manage marriage but not the federal government doesn't change anything. Marriage as a religious institu...
by Libertine
Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")
Replies: 113
Views: 7988

Re: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")

I think the main reason non-homophobes dislike gay parades is because it goes against our cultural sense of modesty and privacy regarding sexuality. I don't think that's the right attitude to have but I'm certainly not in the norm -- apparently most people are offended by open sexuality be it gay or...
by Libertine
Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tarantino
Replies: 67
Views: 4808

Re: Tarantino

I pretty much hate what I've seen of Tarantino's movies. It's just not my style. He uses violence in lieu of a plot, which bores me. I don't see the appeal of movies like Grindhouse. I could tolerate Reservoir Dogs. I saw Kill Bill 1. I'd already seen Lady Snowblood in the original Japanese. I did n...

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