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by GoC
Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 9828

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

Swedish consensual sex laws are a little umm... interesting. From what I understand, it's possible to retroactively withdraw consent contingent on condom usage, and the courts can even rule sex between informed and consenting adults to be rape under some circumstances (who would even bring that cha...
by GoC
Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 9828

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

I have very little sympathy for him, especially given the crime he's accused of. If he ends up in the states... It's his own stupid fault. Eh? The girls he supposedly had "surprise sex" (yes, that's the legal term) with were boasting about him after they were supposedly raped . Given the ...
by GoC
Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How the internet will affect the coming generation
Replies: 31
Views: 5552

Re: How the internet will affect the coming generation

(and according to you this is so obvious a 12 year old should know it) They should indeed. The need for anonymity should be drilled into their heads before they are allowed to open an e-mail account or create any sort of profile (I absorbed the need for anonymity from the internet itself (internet ...
by GoC
Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl throwing puppies in river...
Replies: 97
Views: 7727

Re: Girl throwing puppies in river...

Is that school subsidized? I went to school for free (technically I made a bit of money) in the US, but I wouldn't count that. Also, isn't a kilo of rice ~1k pesos in Colombia? That should be enough to feed a normal size dog for a week, so even with school at 360k pesos a dog would only need ~50k p...
by GoC
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Westboro Baptist Church runs into difficulties in Oklahoma
Replies: 183
Views: 11325

Re: Westboro Baptist Church runs into difficulties in Oklaho

SlyReaper wrote:All you have to do is hover over the link and see that it's meatspin. Then you would have known not to click it.

Never heard of meatspin before today.
by GoC
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 34684

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

I'm curious... why this kind of security at airports? Hijacking is no longer viable as the passengers will react just as they did on United 93. And as for bombing? Why bother bombing a plane when you can kill more people with a far lower chance of getting caught beforehand by bombing a shopping mall...
by GoC
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Westboro Baptist Church runs into difficulties in Oklahoma
Replies: 183
Views: 11325

Re: Westboro Baptist Church runs into difficulties in Oklaho

TheKrikkitWars wrote:
Oregonaut wrote:
BlackSails wrote:The obvious counter protest then is a beer pong tournament.


Strip beer-pong and bikini/speedo volleyball.


A shiny penny to anyone who can get on the TV news inebriatedly [nsfw]windmilling[/nsfw] the WBC protest.

Can you make that nsfw in CAPS please? :shock: :? :|
by GoC
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea Fires Upon Inhabited South Korean Island
Replies: 273
Views: 13302

Re: North Korea Fires Upon Inhabited South Korean Island

You know... I kinda just want the war to start and be over and done with and the remnants of NKs population freed. Am I a bad person? :(
by GoC
Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl throwing puppies in river...
Replies: 97
Views: 7727

Re: Girl throwing puppies in river...

You can give away your dogs, and skirting laws tends to be fairly easy although I imagine there are exceptions. Feeding them isn't really taxing either. Most people have enough disposable income to divert some of it to feeding an animal, there just won't be as much left over for other stuff. Hmm......
by GoC
Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?
Replies: 94
Views: 13870

Re: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?

[quote="CorruptUser"Edit: I don't think we are communicating here. The law already allows for harsher punishment of crimes with heinous intentions. The sentencing guidelines for a Class B Felony might range from a minimum of 2 years in prison to a maximum of 15 years, the exact sentence to be determined in each individual case. If the person's intent was a horrible intent, then he could get a harsher sentence than if the person's intent was more benign. I fail to see what the additional benefit is for changing the crime to increase the possible sentence is when the law already allows for harsher sentencing of crimes with malicious intent.[/quote]
Anyone going to answer this?
by GoC
Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl throwing puppies in river...
Replies: 97
Views: 7727

Re: Girl throwing puppies in river...

You can give away your dogs, and skirting laws tends to be fairly easy although I imagine there are exceptions. Feeding them isn't really taxing either. Most people have enough disposable income to divert some of it to feeding an animal, there just won't be as much left over for other stuff. Hmm......
by GoC
Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Researchers discover how to erase memory
Replies: 62
Views: 4004

Re: Researchers discover how to erase memory

Yes. It does matter. The same way that it matters if you kill someone and no one remembers. Killing someone is a permanent very bad effect. Diseases potentially transferred, liberty removed. That's a bullshit argument. So if it was guaranteed that there were no diseases transferred it would be ok? ...
by GoC
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 463051

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I was just wondering, throughout this discussion, there have been many comparisons between "Various Religions" and "Atheism". But wouldn't Atheism also be called a religion? I mean Atheists do have 'beliefs' just as any one from any other religion. Depends what you mean by 'beli...
by GoC
Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?
Replies: 94
Views: 13870

Re: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?

Why should society particularly penalise bias-motive crimes? Because society sees bigotry as a problem, and when people use that bigotry as part of their reasons for a crime, they are reinforcing that social ill. When actions are particularly problematic they attract more punishment. Society should...
by GoC
Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How the internet will affect the coming generation
Replies: 31
Views: 5552

Re: How the internet will affect the coming generation

Letting your kid do whatever they want - even play in the abandoned factory down the street or hop a bus to the red light district isn't reasonable. That's the equivalent to letting your kid use the internet without private controls and where you can't see them or the screen. Hell, I can't imagine ...
by GoC
Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Researchers discover how to erase memory
Replies: 62
Views: 4004

Re: Researchers discover how to erase memory

It's only a matter of time until it works on people, and then you'll start waking up in bed with pain in the ass and wet eyes, and won't know what happened. Rape jokes: the height of hilarity. Doubly aggravating given the theoretical applications of traumatic memory deletion for rape survivors or o...
by GoC
Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pornography only for people over 18?
Replies: 55
Views: 17642

Re: Is pornography only for people over 18?

Zanmanoodle: A bit of education by parents or in the sex ed classes can correct that quite easily.

Also, sex is a physical function... :?

I gather the people here view BDSM as immoral...?
by GoC
Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 39193

Re: The Bechdel test

He/him/-man being used as a gender-neutral default The first two are indeed annoying but there's nothing wrong with -man being the gender neutral default. It was the gender neutral default long before it meant male. I think it would be easier to just reintroduce wer (that way we're only replacing o...
by GoC
Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pornography only for people over 18?
Replies: 55
Views: 17642

Re: Is pornography only for people over 18?

However, a 12-14 year old kid watching a graphic video of a dominatrix or some other thing I'm not sure I should post on this forum (involving more than two people and more than one orifice at a time) and other such... less-than-standard... acts might have some longterm effects when it comes to dev...
by GoC
Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How does one become a famous scientist?
Replies: 84
Views: 11748

Re: How does one become a famous scientist?

Um, even if those echelons are composed of a majority of drug users (which I really doubt and two anecdotes will not convince me), I expect the majority of drug users do not end up in such lofty positions. That's because drugs is a very broad category. There's the "good" drugs (amphetamin...
by GoC
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 39193

Re: The Bechdel test

I think that sexism is the "irrational belief that a sex is inferior to the other". Since no sex is inferior to the other , there can't be a good reason to be sexist beacuse a good reason is not irrational. Unfortunately that depends on how exactly you would judge superiority. There are s...
by GoC
Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 39193

Re: The Bechdel test

1) It includes at least two women 2) ...who have at least one conversation alone... 3) ...about something other than a man or men. About that last one... whenever I listen in on conversations I find the ones that guys have with guys to be far more interesting than girls with girls (guys with girls ...
by GoC
Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Project Prevention: Paying addicts to be sterilised
Replies: 144
Views: 7192

Re: Project Prevention: Paying addicts to be sterilised

Everyone is irrational to some degree, but should we intervene by saying that irrational people should not be presented with a choice? Is there some line you can draw where people more rational than X should be allowed to make important choices about their lives, and people below X aren't? This is ...
by GoC
Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Project Prevention: Paying addicts to be sterilised
Replies: 144
Views: 7192

Re: Project Prevention: Paying addicts to be sterilised

Everyone is irrational to some degree, but should we intervene by saying that irrational people should not be presented with a choice? Is there some line you can draw where people more rational than X should be allowed to make important choices about their lives, and people below X aren't? This is ...
by GoC
Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racist Republican is Racist
Replies: 84
Views: 6910

Re: Racist Republican is Racist

Racism is not limited to calling one race inferior and another superior. Fredrickson's definition, I feel, is useful here. The narrower the definition of a word the better IMHO. Yeah, it helps us white people deny the institutional/cultural racism all around us by projecting it all onto a "boo...
by GoC
Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Loan Sharking
Replies: 14
Views: 4164

Re: Loan Sharking

So, my first instinct is that people are better off having options than not having options. Are you assuming people are rational? Anecdote: A friend of the family in Colombia took on a loan at a very very high interest rate (about 100% IIRC) a bit over ten years ago. He's payed back only half of it...
by GoC
Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open Source Legal System
Replies: 53
Views: 5509

Re: Open Source Legal System

5) Laws are phrased in a logic-predicate like language that can be machine parsed. Understanding human language is considered a Hard AI problem. [quote="Levelheaded"]The biggest problem though, is public apathy. It can be hard enough for poor / middle class people to catch fifteen minutes...
by GoC
Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racist Republican is Racist
Replies: 84
Views: 6910

Re: Racist Republican is Racist

Pez Dispens3r wrote:Racism is not limited to calling one race inferior and another superior. Fredrickson's definition, I feel, is useful here.

The narrower the definition of a word the better IMHO.
by GoC
Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 5882

Re: First possible habitable planet found

Take a very fat dude who weighs 300lb. Can he easily survive in the modern world? If yes then an astronaut at 200lb could survive in a 1.5g world.
by GoC
Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: We Are All Bad People
Replies: 65
Views: 12008

Re: We Are All Bad People

So basically: Because our social norms tell us we don't have to and aren't bad people for not doing so. My norms allow me to live a happy and productive life. You enjoy that your norms leave people despondent. Is it any wonder that, since both are arbitrary and social, I choose the ones that promot...
by GoC
Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 30767

Re: Grönd zero mosque

stdragon wrote:Practically a terrorist.

Yes. Yes he was.
by GoC
Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libertarians to LGBTs: We Want YOU!
Replies: 78
Views: 5973

Re: Libertarians to LGBTs: We Want YOU!

Now, if the problem is that some believe it is the government's job to defeat personal prejudices (discrimination, in particular), you're going to have a tougher time of that. Governments never eliminate prejudice; if anything, they reinforce it by telling people that they need to behave a certain ...
by GoC
Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture
Replies: 56
Views: 8412

Re: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture

I wonder how many different cultures China has... I wonder how much of that is related to how well the kid speaks Chinese. If the kid is fluent, will the racism really be that bad? If the kid can't speak Chinese, then, yeah, I could imagine the racism would be at least as bad as a Mexican kid who ca...
by GoC
Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: We Are All Bad People
Replies: 65
Views: 12008

Re: We Are All Bad People

One of my hobbies is convincing people that they are selfish using exactly the reasoning used in the OP. It's fun and introduces them to the wonders of having an in-group and an out-group. Though... there is one minor problem with accepting in-group/out-group as a good reason to discriminate... ther...
by GoC
Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?
Replies: 41
Views: 6419

Re: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?

We shouldn't exclude people from the world on the grounds that they aren't mature enough to join it and make the right decisions. I nominate this the Quote of the Thread. Counterpoint: Children. :P I think you're making a fundamental error in presuming that tribal peoples are less capable of making...
by GoC
Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Health insurers drop children-only plans
Replies: 41
Views: 2587

Re: Health insurers drop children-only plans

gmalivuk wrote:Well to be honest it's pretty easy to make more babies...

Good point. A baby hasn't accumulated any valuable and irreplaceable life experience.
by GoC
Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Expulsions of Roma from France
Replies: 89
Views: 6512

Re: Expulsions of Roma from France

The problems are not the camps. The problem is how the camps and the people in them are treated and their reactions to being threated that way. Why is it that things are never actually the fault of the culture of a minority group? :roll: If ideas can be wrong then a culture (a collection of ideas) ...
by GoC
Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully
Replies: 99
Views: 6941

Re: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully

The law is a difference. Cracking shareware is illegal Thank God the US is the only country stupid enough to have DMCA legislation. :? Personally, the reason it bugs me is because they controll what I can do with it after it's in my hand . But this is true of any product that the cost isn't the phy...
by GoC
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?
Replies: 41
Views: 6419

Re: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?

If you can prove, without a doubt, that giving a child a vaccine cures him of chicken pox, while the child who doesn't get it dies, then they'll believe you. I don't see how this would be a logistical issue. Things should only be taught as truth if they can be irrefutably proven, otherwise they're ...
by GoC
Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pornography only for people over 18?
Replies: 55
Views: 17642

Re: Is pornography only for people over 18?

I think the point of the later age for porn is it not only means that 16 year olds will have a healthier sex life without influences by crazy fetishes, so they can know what normality is. This doesn't stop people from looking it up anyway, and no child will get arrested for looking at it, but at th...

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