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by Crius
Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is a contract pledging to vote a certain way legal?
Replies: 29
Views: 5520

Re: Is a contract pledging to vote a certain way legal?

This probably could done using absentee ballots, assuming the law allows for two things: - The ability to empower someone to turn in your ballot for you - Absentee ballots taking priority over in-person votes if a person does both Basically, you fill out an absentee ballot and give it to an organize...
by Crius
Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 174657

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

If I donate to an organization that gets involved in public policy like abortion and gay marriage, and the election of politicians behind my viw, can it be considered "charity"? Why are the LDS and Catholic Church, and churches in general, applied the special status of charity when their ...
by Crius
Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 14270

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Thursday Next. She can jump into fiction and bring other characters out, getting around the 5-person limit. Maybe the limit on items too?

The rest wouldn't matter as you could get who you need at any point during the mission.
by Crius
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
Replies: 48
Views: 7564

Re: £13tn hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

But to call it a tax, the money should end up at the government, right? That only happens in the specific case of government debt, and even then only when the inflation exceeds the expectations at the time that the coupons for the bonds were set. Money fresh off the printing press (or electronic eq...
by Crius
Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon Pushing for Same-Day Delivery
Replies: 33
Views: 6664

Re: Amazon Pushing for Same-Day Delivery

http://andrewhy.de/amazons-markup-of-digital-delivery-to-indie-authors-is-129000/ http://andrewhy.de/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/amazon-worst-for-authors-takehome.png That's... quite a misleading graph if you're using it as a general statement on Amazon. It's an accurate number for his book, and onl...
by Crius
Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 16539

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

The multiplier effect is definitely real. Some fraction of the money you spend, if tracked from person to person, ends up coming back to you every year. Spending money in places from which more of that money makes it back to you, means you end up better off financially. Don’t think it matters becau...
by Crius
Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?
Replies: 238
Views: 34562

Re: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?

@GhostBear: I would challenge the assumption that only the owner would benefit from increased productivity in your scenario. The immediate benefit would go to the owner, of course, but increasing productivity would change both the owner's supply curve (for produced goods) and demand curve (for labor...
by Crius
Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?
Replies: 238
Views: 34562

Re: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?

A capitalist owns the means of production, which, combined with labor, produces something of value. However, the capitalist does not actually contribute to the production process; hence, the capitalist is an exploiter. This is true of all capitalists. A capitalist, as the name might suggest, contri...
by Crius
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Unemployment Down once again.
Replies: 54
Views: 8111

Re: Unemployment Down once again.

What I've seemed to notice is that many people treat "Keynesian" as another synonym for "liberal" or "progressive"; basically using a word as a negative word to attach to something they don't like without actually knowing what the word means. It gets annoying sometimes...
by Crius
Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Education from OWS thread
Replies: 201
Views: 21210

Re: Education from OWS thread

On the other hand, your bls promises large job growth in the coming decade for civil engineers and environmental engineers, and below average to none for mechanical, computer hardware, electrical and electronics. Perhaps the result of a different time outlook or different data, but if someone uses ...
by Crius
Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Education from OWS thread
Replies: 201
Views: 21210

Re: Education from OWS thread

On the other hand, your bls promises large job growth in the coming decade for civil engineers and environmental engineers, and below average to none for mechanical, computer hardware, electrical and electronics. Perhaps the result of a different time outlook or different data, but if someone uses ...
by Crius
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238425

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Also also: holy shit, are you saying they spend $425 million on lobbying in a year? Just the finance industry? Did you miss a zero somewhere, dare I hope? Depends on what you count as the finance industry... finance, insurance, and real estate spent $475 million in 2010 , though I wouldn't consider...
by Crius
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Honey - we have no idea where most of it comes from
Replies: 28
Views: 4449

Re: Honey - we have no idea where most of it comes from

So how much of our food is actually forensically traceable like honey that contains pollen? Like, if I gave a scientist a can of green beans, could he figure out where they were grown?
by Crius
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fiber prevents cancer
Replies: 60
Views: 6990

Re: Fiber prevents cancer

I already explained that taxes on unhealthy foods would more than cover the subsidies on healthy foods. Even if they didn’t, we’d still be better off with well-placed taxes and subsidies to correct for inefficiencies in the free market, where long-term healthcare costs are not accounted for in tran...
by Crius
Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Honey - we have no idea where most of it comes from
Replies: 28
Views: 4449

Re: Honey - we have no idea where most of it comes from

Ultrafiltered honey is very clear and has a longer shelf life; it crystallizes more slowly because the high temperature breaks down sugar seed crystals, making it preferred by the supermarket trade . I'd agree that it is "preferred by the supermarket trade" but I'd put more faith in the r...
by Crius
Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Honey - we have no idea where most of it comes from
Replies: 28
Views: 4449

Re: Honey - we have no idea where most of it comes from

Removal of all pollen from honey "makes no sense" and is completely contrary to marketing the highest quality product possible, Mark Jensen, president of the American Honey Producers Association, told Food Safety News. "I don't know of any U.S. producer that would want to do that. El...
by Crius
Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fiber prevents cancer
Replies: 60
Views: 6990

Re: White bread causes cancer

Angua wrote:people who wear jogging shoes a lot are fitter than people who don't, and therefore if everyone wore jogging shoes, we'd all be a lot fitter.


Wearing sandals causes obesity!
by Crius
Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 22223

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

If Israel has any second-strike system set up, it's pointed at Iran. I'd expect that Tehran would get nuked at least if Israel gets hit by a nuke.
by Crius
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 305676

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

There's probably enough difference between Senator Obama and President Obama to make a decent case, though. The main one off the top of my head would be his support of raising the debt ceiling.
by Crius
Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Whitehouse opens petition site
Replies: 224
Views: 31026

Re: Whitehouse opens petition site

sourmìlk wrote:
Magnanimous wrote:
sourmìlk wrote:But since when do people object to fluoride?

It's a chemical and it's in our drinking water. You do the math.


So, do people object to water in our drinking water?


I take it you haven't seen the polls on whether we should remove dihydrogen monoxide from our drinking water?
by Crius
Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8517

Re: Philly Curfew

How exactly are you going to have tip-offs for on-the-go opportunistic attacks? Do you really think teenagers would risk their reputation and peers for rewarding a police tip-off? The attacks aren't that often - the report only states a few in the last few months. The big issue here is the loss of ...
by Crius
Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "The world is getting warmer" said Romney
Replies: 42
Views: 6789

Re: "The world is getting warmer" said Romney

Superfreakonomics relied pretty heavily on quoting Nathan Myhrvold's (patented) method, but the idea behind it has been around for a while. If I remember correctly, the estimated price in Superfreakonomics was ~$200 million, which is obscenely cheap compared to most CO2 reduction alternatives. The o...
by Crius
Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "The world is getting warmer" said Romney
Replies: 42
Views: 6789

Re: "The world is getting warmer" said Romney

Forests tend to be net heat increasers if I remember correctly, so its not always clear either how changes to the land will affect things like this. From what I understand of city planning (which is relatively little), cities are attempting to include more trees and other greenspaces these days bec...
by Crius
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pawlenty proposes three-tier tax system plus more!
Replies: 92
Views: 8777

Re: Pawlenty proposes three-tier tax system plus more!

I'd wager that the U.S. experience would be more akin to England's than Japan's largely because of cultural similarities. Of course Japan and England have similar scope of infrastructure (they're both similarly sized island nations) compared to rail infrastructure in the U.S. so the U.S. experience...
by Crius
Fri May 20, 2011 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Europe's farmers fear drought
Replies: 22
Views: 2391

Re: Europe's farmers fear drought

broken_escalator wrote:I read it but there isn't much to discuss except "that sucks".

Unless we're going to discuss theoretical solutions to droughts (cloud seeding, ice-9, make god cry, etc) but that could be off topic.


Yet another reason we need to institute gay marriage.
by Crius
Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 400245

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

All I know is that if a teleporter would be functionally the same if the source were just shot in the head and the body dumped, that is a teleporter I don't want to go through.
by Crius
Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Future farm: a sunless, rainless room indoors"
Replies: 75
Views: 8127

Re: "Future farm: a sunless, rainless room indoors"

The Economist ran an article a few months back on this, though it focuses more on urban farming in general. The problem with it, as others mentioned, is the cost of electricity. I could see this being adopted heavily at some point in the future, but that would require electricity becoming much cheap...
by Crius
Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: For every job lost due to copyrigt infringement, 12 are made
Replies: 19
Views: 2550

Re: For every job lost due to copyrigt infringement, 12 are

Did he count all the lawyers who got hired to pursue copyright infringment cases?
by Crius
Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 33706

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

If the Wisconsin law assumes that Unions are budget busters, why are Police and Firefighters excluded. 1. Because for some reason, they deserve to be unionized and teachers don't. The reason I don't like the teachers union has much more to do with the impact I believe they are having on our educati...
by Crius
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: S. Dakota GOP look to legalize "pro-life" domestic terrorism
Replies: 115
Views: 11887

Re: S. Dakota GOP look to legalize "pro-life" domestic terro

In a lot of cases, lots of things are justified as "defense." I can't stop thinking about the situation where an abusive husband shoots the doctor, claims she "didn't want an abortion so it's justified", even though she tried to get one. He might even coerce her into changing he...
by Crius
Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: S. Dakota GOP look to legalize "pro-life" domestic terrorism
Replies: 115
Views: 11887

Re: S. Dakota GOP look to legalize "pro-life" domestic terro

All this bill seems to be doing is lowering the bar for justifiable homicide when defending a pregnant woman, not legalizing murdering an doctor performing an abortion. I'm sure the real goal is to give the recognize the fetus as more of a "person", though. The real danger is the hyperboli...
by Crius
Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Excise a decade from the 20th century
Replies: 64
Views: 6092

Re: Excise a decade from the 20th century

I'm surprised the 80's get so much hate. Clearly the Great Depression and WWI aren't nearly as bad as 80's fashion.
by Crius
Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Int
Replies: 90
Views: 8751

Re: 200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered

That said, it's not nearly as garbage as 25GB caps. That's absurd. You can watch, what, 2 HD movies? Seriously, even with a 250GB cap, I don't understand how Netflix would work at all. Netflix will take up to about a GB/hour, so 25GB will give you more than 2 movies. That's more like 10-15 movies a...
by Crius
Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Auspocalypse 2: Cyclonic Boogaloo
Replies: 25
Views: 3204

Re: Auspocalypse 2: Cyclonic Boogaloo

pseudoidiot wrote:So what is the difference between a hurricane and cyclone?

*too lazy to search Google or Wikipedia*


A hurricane is a strong tropical cyclone in the atlantic ocean, apparently. So it's a subset, basically.
by Crius
Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot
Replies: 453
Views: 55420

Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

You know what's absolutely fucking nuts? In 2009, Senator Thune introduced an amendment as a rider to the Defense Appropriations bill that would have given anyone permitted to carry a concealed weapon in any state the right to carry in any state. In less restrictive states, the residents would have...
by Crius
Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot
Replies: 453
Views: 55420

Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

You think Palin would hire an elitist intellectual as a speechwriter? She only hires real Americans.
by Crius
Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Vaccine could be effective against... cocaine !?
Replies: 44
Views: 4811

Re: New Vaccine could be effective against... cocaine !?

Since many drugs function due to thier similarities to neurotransmitters or other chemicals already present in the human body, is it possible for the body to become immune to it's own neurotransmitters?
by Crius
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Strange death of birds and ~100k fish in Arkansas
Replies: 42
Views: 5471

Re: Strange death of birds and ~100k fish in Arkansas

I blame ball lightning.
by Crius
Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man faces criminal charge for reading cheating wife's e-mail
Replies: 46
Views: 5888

Re: Man faces criminal charge for reading cheating wife's e-

I think the reason why this feels weird is that a married couple generally jointly owns everything. The examples people were using before - getting into a car and driving off, entering an unlocked house - wouldn't apply here, as the house and car wouldn't be "hers", it would be "their...
by Crius
Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Modern Robin Hood, or criminal?
Replies: 33
Views: 3523

Re: Modern Robin Hood, or criminal?

Now, what is the homeowner here doing wrong? Should she stop filing oppositions because the banks keep giving up on her case? Personally, I think the banks don't really have anyone to blame but themselves. If you start a case four times (or whatever) and repeatedly drop it before you win, you shoul...

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