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by Dangermouse
Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176380

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

For a political structure more important than a US state, the European nation seems to be an ephemeral thing. [...] But don't worry. We'll get around to learning the map of Europe once the paint dries on the thing. You're not implying that US States are more important political structures than Euro...
by Dangermouse
Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Federal Judge rules parts of The Affordable Care Act unconstitutional
Replies: 90
Views: 8253

Re: Federal Judge rules parts of The Affordable Care Act unconstitutional

The difference though is that such a tax would be a head tax, a breathing tax, a tax that applies to everyone regardless of action. Such a tax is specifically forbidden by Article 1, section 9, as amended by the 16th amendment. "No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Prop...
by Dangermouse
Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0836: "Sickness"
Replies: 299
Views: 57572

Re: 0836: "Sickness"

Everyone in this thread whose gotten uppity and offended (I'm looking at SerialTroll and SirMustapha here) need to think long and hard about why exactly someone sneezing in your proximity makes you leap to the defense of your spiritual practices, or, why a comic about stick figures having nerdy con...
by Dangermouse
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Federal Judge rules parts of The Affordable Care Act unconstitutional
Replies: 90
Views: 8253

Re: Federal Judge rules parts of The Affordable Care Act unconstitutional

I saw this line used somewhere and I think it deserves to be repeated. Would supporters of the healthcare bill that passed be okay with a law that required every citizen to buy a car? I've never met someone who ranted about state laws that required them to get car insurance. I have. That said, it's...
by Dangermouse
Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'
Replies: 121
Views: 14710

Re: Mastercard 'hit by Anonymous Wikileaks revenge attacks'

I'm going to be an obnoxious moralist, but it seems that Joe C. Publics inability for today to buy, on borrowed mastercard credit, a Vente Mocha with two shots of caramel is pretty insignificant when compared to the actions of wikileaks in exposing massive government injustice and fraud.


my 2c
by Dangermouse
Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 19391

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

For some reason people seem to forget that a crime was committed. Had Assange been on American soil when he took possession of the files he would be in jail charged with espionage. Nope. Not a crime to publish anything (as long as it's true, that is). I believe there's precedent for this during the...
by Dangermouse
Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What Tea Partiers Really Want
Replies: 341
Views: 27061

Re: What Tea Partiers Really Want

An essential feature of bigotry is exactly what you described here: ignoring every thing that society does to lift up people like you. The list of ways in which you have it easier than the hispanic lesbian is both long and widely available to learn about if you happen to care. The ways that involve...
by Dangermouse
Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea Fires Upon Inhabited South Korean Island
Replies: 273
Views: 21999

Re: North Korea Fires Upon Inhabited South Korean Island

It sucks that assassination is not an option, though. I wonder what would happen to them if suddenly the whole royal family just, whoops, died. I think part of the problem is that we just don't know. Kim Jong-il may, in name, be the complete and absolute ruler of North Korea, but there has been som...
by Dangermouse
Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Someone-we-know tried to start WWIII
Replies: 27
Views: 3962

Re: Someone-we-know tried to start WWIII

Preventing WWIII still does not excuse James Blunt's god-awful music.
by Dangermouse
Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Deficit reduction report leaked! Oh me yarm!
Replies: 39
Views: 5453

Re: Deficit reduction report leaked! Gee Willikers!

given that a lot of our economic problems right now are centered around a housing oversupply I'm not too keen on trying to find ways to make home ownership less desirable, but I could see how something along those lines could be phased in. If you want to shock the housing industry to the efficient ...
by Dangermouse
Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 57868

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

Although I feel a bit ridiculous even making this argument since, and I use this all the time in debates on nuclear power, I live in Texas and have probably accumulated more radiation from exposure to granite in my lifetime than I would get from one of these scans. The reason the radiation is an is...
by Dangermouse
Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 57868

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

We are not talking about one person. We are talking about one in four women, or one in six if you only want to use reported assaults. Unless you are saying that people who have been assaulted or who are transitioning don't count I don't understand how you can state what you just did. Not one person...
by Dangermouse
Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Deficit reduction report leaked! Oh me yarm!
Replies: 39
Views: 5453

Re: Deficit reduction report leaked! Gee Willikers!

I am SO FUCKING TIRED of the bullshit that will result in the majority of politicians from both sides completely ignoring this report. I say we implement the whole damn thing. It's not perfect. In fact, I think it sucks in a lot of ways. If we need to, we can tinker, but for the love of all that's ...
by Dangermouse
Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 40694

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q248/aeroplane909/xkcd/bacon.png In a controversial new theory, "The Big Bacon" AKA "The Big Banger", scientists suggests the universe began when a non-entity thought about bacon, and the imaginary bacon reciprocated. Certain scientists have st...
by Dangermouse
Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Takes House, Democrats hold Senate (barely)
Replies: 103
Views: 9113

Re: GOP Takes House, Democrats hold Senate (barely)

3 of the Iowa Supreme Court Justices that concluded in favor of marriage equality (unanimous decision) were also voted out of their jobs as well. Gotta love populism in a country where people don't even grasp half of what they're voting for on a ballot. And, having worked the polls for all yesterda...
by Dangermouse
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute
Replies: 159
Views: 15177

Re: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute

" Its great that headstones in Arlington don't -have- to be crosses, but the use of the cross in the modern world has more to do with the culture of burial within the military than it does with christianity. Yeah, a cross on a hillside or a cross necklace obviously has to do with christianity,...
by Dangermouse
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute
Replies: 159
Views: 15177

Re: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute

Its great that headstones in Arlington don't -have- to be crosses, but the use of the cross in the modern world has more to do with the culture of burial within the military than it does with christianity. Read what I bolded - that is a positively ludicrous claim. No, it isn't. Either make an argum...
by Dangermouse
Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute
Replies: 159
Views: 15177

Re: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute

Ok, the Swastika was actually an inverted symbol stolen from the Hindu. That symbol meant good fortune, luck, and the blessings of the sun. The symbol of the Reich came to mean the exact opposite for those oppressed by it. It was transformed from a positive symbol into a negative symbol. As someone...
by Dangermouse
Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute
Replies: 159
Views: 15177

Re: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute

The world is suffuse with symbols that originated within a religious tradition, we continue to use these symbols even though that religious connotation has been stripped. Its great that headstones in Arlington don't -have- to be crosses, but the use of the cross in the modern world has more to do w...
by Dangermouse
Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute
Replies: 159
Views: 15177

Re: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute

Christian symbols really don't function as christian symbols when used in a war memorial. A cross gravestone is a cultural gesture that has its roots in christianity, but after ~2000 years, it merely means 'grave stone', much like the religious symbolism of greek and roman buildings becomes mere fo...
by Dangermouse
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School board member in AR Clint McCance - homophobic tirade
Replies: 62
Views: 5979

Re: School board member in AK Clint McCance - homophobic tir

Poor oppressed Christian douchefuck. I hope he loses his job. Of course, there probably will be little else that comes of this. Haven't you heard? White american males are oppressed and marginalized! After all those years of fostering oppression and marginalization, we should be experts. All I know...
by Dangermouse
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute
Replies: 159
Views: 15177

Re: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute

Seriously, though. This sort of thing makes you look like the Christian who tries to justify the Inquisition. Not seeing high points in something is a pretty far cry from justifying the low points. 1) Christianity is not a monolithic religion. 2) So what if some bigot somewhere in the south used th...
by Dangermouse
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School board member in AR Clint McCance - homophobic tirade
Replies: 62
Views: 5979

Re: School board member in AK Clint McCance - homophobic tir

Jessica wrote:Poor oppressed Christian douchefuck. I hope he loses his job. Of course, there probably will be little else that comes of this.



Haven't you heard? White american males are oppressed and marginalized!
by Dangermouse
Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rand Paul Supporters attack woman from MoveOn [TW violence]
Replies: 57
Views: 6684

Re: Rand Paul Supporters attack woman from MoveOn [TW violen

He probably thought that the constitution protects the right to curb stomp as political free speech.
by Dangermouse
Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Federal Dept of We Know Better Than You strikes again!
Replies: 89
Views: 8440

Re: The Federal Dept of We Know Better Than You strikes agai

I see a difference between acting in the best interest of the people, and using funds raised from the people as leverage to control minor details of their lives. There really isn't much of a difference when you boil it down, actually. Doesn't the former still require the use of funds? The problem h...
by Dangermouse
Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Federal Dept of We Know Better Than You strikes again!
Replies: 89
Views: 8440

Re: The Federal Dept of We Know Better Than You strikes agai

That just means that a state's ability to secede would depend on its ability to repel the national government's attempts to assert itself. If the state is determined enough, that might not be too hard (attitudes toward civil war have changed a lot in the last 150 years). If a single state seceded, ...
by Dangermouse
Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Federal Dept of We Know Better Than You strikes again!
Replies: 89
Views: 8440

Re: The Federal Dept of We Know Better Than You strikes agai

The Federal Highway Administration has banned all capital street signs and has specified the font as Clearview. This will cost New York City 27.5 million dollars. http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/09/30/2010-09-30_bureaucrats_order_city_to_change_every_street_sign_leading_ny_to_say__it_is_ju...
by Dangermouse
Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Voter intimidation in the US elections
Replies: 65
Views: 6027

Re: Voter intimidation in the US elections

Minimum wage is basically pointless. It doesn't really do anything economically. Unless you are one of the people it hurts. Then it seems pretty pointed. Other than that I agree with you, the dems haven't done much to lift up the minorities that vote for the party. Thing is tho' that the dems aren'...
by Dangermouse
Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 48794

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

I don't see how we get computers, rockets, the internet and satellites from nuclear weapons. which is why I said: "look at where we've gotten based on the gains from the Space Race and the Atomic Age:" We do get computers, rockets, the internet, and satellites from nuclear weapons. The in...
by Dangermouse
Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 29468

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

They can do better, but they tend not to. It's pretty much impossible to improve in the Prius' highway mileage w/o reducing the size/drag area. It's not likely because most people aren't willing to drive a car that's a bit more than half the size of Prius to get 55-65mpg instead of 45mpg on the hig...
by Dangermouse
Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 29468

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

I'm not a luddite and I dont advocate atavism, but diesel engines kick the living shit out of all other hybrid/electric/alternative fuel systems, in terms of environmental impact as well as cost (both up-front and long term). A Mercedes OM602/OM616/OM617 diesel has just over 100 unique components (a...
by Dangermouse
Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Slate Article on Peter Theil
Replies: 10
Views: 1771

Re: Slate Article on Peter Theil

How exactly can you be a 'hyper libertarian' and not support the right of women to vote?


Hello, cognitive dissonance.
by Dangermouse
Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is enlightenment?
Replies: 79
Views: 15252

Re: What is enlightenment?

Enlightenment is using your reason freely and not letting others thing for you.
by Dangermouse
Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Time article on American extremism
Replies: 60
Views: 5207

Re: Time article on American extremism

I see no reason to fear what my government, or your government... I see a reason to fear individuals who take part in your government individually and as groups... It's worth reiterating that gun ownership is not an effective equaliser with the FBI, BATF, DEA, NSA, CIA or National Guard... If you c...
by Dangermouse
Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This just in: going to elite schools matters.
Replies: 20
Views: 3002

Re: This just in: going to elite schools matters.

Maybe this is because a Harvard undergrad can drink his way through school and then work at an investment firm for 200,000k a year simply because he knows the right people. Networking matters.
by Dangermouse
Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue
Replies: 18
Views: 3113

Re: In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

Could someone help me out here, as a non-computer nerd? Why doesn't Iran (or any other government with sensitive computer systems) simply keep these machines...wait for it...unhooked from the internet? Like, if you have a machine that does some super sensitive task, keep it in a room unplugged from ...
by Dangermouse
Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 44140

Re: Ground zero "mosque"

That's the second time you've put in single quotes something I did not say. Are you using quotes in some way I am not familiar with? In any case, you have incorrectly summarized my position. I am specifically saying to not teach Muslims any lesson, but to act in our own interests, which will have t...
by Dangermouse
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 44140

Re: Ground zero "mosque"

What I find absolutely perverse is how the media has even given consideration to the argument that Muslims should be sensitive to 9/11 victim's feelings. You really find that notion so weird? All over Europe, you will still find plenty of (mostly elderly) citizens who just hate Germans. All Germans...
by Dangermouse
Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Prop. 8 Federally Overturned
Replies: 479
Views: 41996

Re: Prop. 8 Federally Overturned

But we're talking about the court decision overturning Prop 8. I have yet to see anybody explain why Walker's decision was legally incorrect - that is, that he got the standard wrong, that he ruled incorrectly on evidence, or anything of the sort. Well, we haven't been talking about that for a whil...

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