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by Zcorp
Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can every debt be paid off?
Replies: 54
Views: 15960

Re: Can every debt be paid off?

It is possible, although incredibly unlikely, and nothing significant would happen simply by having all dept be paid. It is incredibly unlikely because there is not really any benefit to everyone for removing all dept. Debt allows us to purchase and do things that we couldn't otherwise do and often ...
by Zcorp
Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Heroes of the Storm (Moba Lite?)
Replies: 41
Views: 13213

Re: Heroes of the Storm (Moba Lite?)

It will have abusive chat. I have encountered hints of it already. Any pvp game will quickly turn toxic as the community ages and there is an expectation of skill before joining a match. It's the nature of competition, it's no different from team sports where you have this veneer of sportsmanship b...
by Zcorp
Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack


As I said, banned.

-- Zamfir
by Zcorp
Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

Besides, comedians are dicks. When Stephen Colbert encourages trolling on Wikipedia, I'm going to call him a dick. Fortunately, no violence has been incited over Stephen Colbert's Wikipedia Trolling. Similarly, I will not deny that Charlie Hebdo were dicks to religious groups (not only Islam either...
by Zcorp
Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

For someone obstensibly objecting that others seize every opportunity to turn something into partisan point scoring, you do exactly the same. Slight correction that borders on pedantic...immoral, not immortal. It is...certainly not the only religious interpretation, but it is one, and it's sufficie...
by Zcorp
Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

I do not know what are the murders' true intentions/perspectives. This is why my thoughts were in the form of questions. However, I don't think it's unreasonable to say they could be psychopaths. People who think "normally" tend not resort to unwarranted violence. You think it is highly u...
by Zcorp
Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

For my part, I was not aware that "psychopath" is such a loaded word. I used it to simply mean someone who is incapable of empathy and prone to violence. It is technically loaded, no one good would use that term professionally anymore, but popularly it means just what you meant it to, and...
by Zcorp
Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

The point ZCorp, was to generate discussion on the subject. In hindsight (especially after Zamfir's post), it generates a discussion I'd rather not march towards. So I'm retreating from my previous words and giving you the "win" if you want it. My opinions are fickle ZCorp, they can chang...
by Zcorp
Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

What then was the point of bringing up religious intolerance, and a secular/religious 'war' - they had one of those 200 years ago, and conflict in relation to it hasn't really stopped since - if it was not to discuss what that perceived in tolerance means culturally in to the future of France and w...
by Zcorp
Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

There are cultures that belief that you should respond to satire with murder, they are a subset of a religion, of a specific religion. Fighting against that belief could be and is often understood as oppression of religion, as you seemed to have understood it in your post. Erm... except this train ...
by Zcorp
Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

Then rather than say that they are acting irrationally and immorally, contravening the teaching of islam in a manner that seems devoid of sense. I will say that murder with motive is still murder, and that killing to protect a progenitor, whose visual representation is anathema principally to stop ...
by Zcorp
Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

quite frankly I didn't notice your earlier issue with the use of the term psychopath. I used it initially in its connotative vernacular my apologies to anyone else who takes issue with it but maybe we could gather our attention back to the topic rather than if the innocent technical misuse of a ter...
by Zcorp
Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

France does have a historically large Muslim population. They are also unusually suppressive of Religion and religious symbols . That said, there is no way that the magazine deserves this attack. But I have a feeling (as an outsider looking in) that the religious feel somewhat oppressed in the coun...
by Zcorp
Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Help The BIG LIST of Physically Possible Scifi/Action Movies
Replies: 30
Views: 4913

Re: Help The BIG LIST of Physically Possible Scifi/Action Mo

And you wouldn't really get between each one by thrusting 'towards' it. The easiest way of explaining how the few hours of putputting along got them to a different station may have worked is that George Clooney is really good at calculating exactly how to do a Hohmann transfer, and is omniscient to...
by Zcorp
Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

this defense of the prophet smacks of a thin veneer of hypocrisy plastered over the same sort of psychopathy that prompts the deranged to shoot up movie-theaters Assuming you are talking about James Eagan Holmes, I'll say again, the world is more complex than psychopath or not. And if you want to t...
by Zcorp
Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 27604

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

It's interesting how we feel more sympathy for the few that are gunned down instead of the millions that die from poverty, disease, etc. I imagine you are speaking generally about humans today, but I just wanted to state that individuals and eventually society does not have to feel more sympathy fo...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 2014 in review
Replies: 14
Views: 3243

Re: 2014 in review

Divinity Original Sin is what I was trying to remember when I posted. They did quite a few things well and only a few things poorly, unfortunately one of those was co-op and general UX, generally very enjoyable for fans of TBS though.
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 2014 in review
Replies: 14
Views: 3243

Re: 2014 in review

Transistor was good, but wouldn't top my list for the reasons I mentioned in the thread about it, certainly in the top 10 of this year though. I don't know how I'd rank these but a quick list of the best games I played all year: Child of Light - nearly everything in this game is of great quality, in...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7157

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

@Zcorp:on this board, topic starters do not get control over the direction of the thread. That's a choice, there are other boards where a topic starter does become a discussion leader. Here, you can expect that the discussion stays close to the original topic, but if people want to discuss that...
by Zcorp
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7157

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

Erm, I was pointing out that Common Core is, in fact, concerned with "agree[ing] on what the goals of our educational system are". It's kind of the whole point. At least for math and english. I'm speaking to the goals of the system itself, not the goals of a math course. And this is not a...
by Zcorp
Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7157

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

Can you explain to me how you think your post is relevant? It addresses neither the problem I brought up in the OP nor the specific problem I mentioned relating to annual testing and non-standard students. It doesn't even address the change in focus in the classroom to teaching the test rather than ...
by Zcorp
Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7157

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

Common Core includes as a fairly central part of it a grade by grade set of standards of things a child should know. The things listed are fairly...reasonable IMO. I care little for your obviously uninformed opinion, if you want to provide an argument on why you formed your opinion please do so. Ot...
by Zcorp
Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: So there is this guy who can run the fastest (The Flash)
Replies: 67
Views: 18123

Re: So there is this guy who can run the fastest (The Flash)

I hold hope, but doubt, that we could get a story with even a bit of the convolution and thoughtfulness of Primer.
by Zcorp
Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7157

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

I strongly disagree. They are just as important. And yet again...this is the 3rd time...no one is saying anything about sacrificing anything. You sure sound like you would sacrifice productivity if it gave better citizens. If not, I guess I read wrongly and we don't really have a disagreement. Stil...
by Zcorp
Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7157

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

The point is that civics, critical thinking and so on are good and useful skills, but they are useful AFTER the ability to earn a living. Hence one should teach them, but without sacrificing emphasis on educational achievement that leads to high workforce productivity. I strongly disagree. They are...
by Zcorp
Sat Dec 13, 2014 7:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7157

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

ZCorp: Having civics class doesn't make student unemployable. Not being able to read does. Your point here is completely going over my head. Sure, an informed citizenry is important, but productive citizens is a prerequisite. Emphasis needs to be on competency first. It's not like it's incompatible...
by Zcorp
Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7157

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

Whoa, wait a minute, what else is an education system for? One can talk about arts and civics, but one needs to eat first. I've always thought that education is an economic investment and one that gets more important every generation that goes by. Where did anyone say it is not a economic investmen...
by Zcorp
Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 7157

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

Before we can decide to hold teachers responsible for student achievement we need to do two things. First agree on what the goals of our educational system are, and second actually develop tools to accurately assess student progress toward those goals. Our system currently has neither of those thin...
by Zcorp
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 68110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Capitalism is improving the lives of the poor. That's why the whole immigration issue exists. I don't understand how you think this is relevant. Are you now arguing that the poor in America live great lives? That because America poor is better than Mexico poor there is no problem? And, if you don't...
by Zcorp
Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 68110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Imagine there is a town with two neighbors, one with a fridge full of Sam Addams beer, the other with a fridge full of Blue Moon. Each neighbor would rather have equal amounts of Blue Moon and Sam Addams. These neighbors trade their beers. Both gain. No one else loses. Ergo, economics is not a zero...
by Zcorp
Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: On Environment, Obama Declares War
Replies: 21
Views: 5066

Re: On Environment, Obama Declares War

So when Obama starts actually doing things that the left wants (immigration, net neutrality , environment etc), playing games with that is very unlikely to result in any benefit for the republicans. Is net-neutrality really a left-right thing? I'm talking about amongst ordinary voters mind, not the...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731503

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Depends how rough you want to get. Cutting off the air can take a couple of minutes. If you go for the jugular, it can take a matter of seconds. But if you slam into the jugular, the spike in blood pressure could drop someone nearly instantly (note that this can cause serious injury). I know how lo...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 68110

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

The size of the economy has changedover human history. Over time, it has grown significantly. Therefore, it is a positive sum game by definition. Done. Yeah..that's not the definition of a positive sum game. A zero-sum game is where no one can advance without taking it from someone else. A positive...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731503

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Actually, I think mosc doesn't have a clue what you're talking about, seeing as how you've refused to elaborate. Both, but I'm not asking him to understand what I'm talking about, at least not yet, and again that he doesn't know is part of the point. I'm asking him to tell me how long he thinks it ...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731503

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Do you know the gross national product of Zimbabwe? Here's a hint, I don't see how it's related either. That you don't see how it is related is kind of the point. You don't have a clue what you are talking about but want to have an opinion anyway. Again, how long do you think it takes to choke some...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731503

Re: Police misbehavior thread

What the hell are you asking? Choking someone out meaning kill them? Make them pass out? A choke hold is about cutting blood flow off to the brain causing the person to pass out. The bloodflow to Mr. Garner's brain was never cut off. His windpipe was damaged and he laid a tremendous amount of weigh...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731503

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The video is very clear that there was no choke hold used. The officer had his entire weight held by his left hand on Gardner's neck while he was off the ground. Not a hold. There was a moment, a very fleeting moment captured in a screen grab that goes around, that he has both hands together with g...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731503

Re: Police misbehavior thread

What exactly am I not listening to you on? I hear your outrage. I'm upset somebody died too. I just don't blame someone right away and try to understand the situation that lead to their death. For example if a kid jumps out in front of a car and gets killed I'm not going to crucify the driver as a ...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731503

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Also, the idea that you need to escalate over some dude selling cigarettes is...insane. You can do what you want now if it's not violent without being arrested? Or is not complying with officers who think you did a non-violent crime your civil right? Officer: You're under arrest Civilian: Leave me ...
by Zcorp
Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation
Replies: 105
Views: 14119

Re: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation

I do disagree. The US is not the world police. We can't afford, financially or otherwise, to constantly meddle with other countries every time they fuck up or someone else fucks them up. How you believe we should be behaving based on available resources does not change how we have been behaving. We...

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