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by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything
Replies: 154
Views: 31628

Re: Wrong on the Internet: The Final Theory

The moon's orbit around the Earth is the same as a spinning top. A spinning top doesn't "drain" any energy; it would spin forever if not for friction. And there's no friction (at least, not very much) in space.
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the AK rifle series, dies
Replies: 25
Views: 5586

Re: Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the AK rifle series, die

I'm guessing the death toll from civil wars and international conflicts (in which assault rifles like AK and AK knockoffs are the preferred weapon) absolutely dwarfs the death toll from shootings in the US.
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 123
Views: 145267

Re: What-If # 0076.5 Merry Xmas

If a humanzee was created, what rights would it/he/she deserve?
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pakistan polio workers targeted
Replies: 88
Views: 11483

Re: Pakistan polio workers targeted

If it leads to an uncomfortable conclusion, it's worth taking a second look. How is a religion written by a dude centuries old at fault here? Maybe there's just a patriarchial society that doesn't empower women and is ravaged by income inequality? Yeah, that might have something to do with it. Desp...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism in cultures other than your own
Replies: 97
Views: 25915

Re: Racism in cultures other than your own

Taking a hard stance against immigration of all Muslims probably isn't a very respectable way to express concerns about Islamic political ideology. It's a difficult problem. Religious fundamentalism of any kind (I'm thinking Muslim and Christian specifically, but that's only the tip of the iceberg) ...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

I mean there was a whole spectrum of parenting styles, all the way from parents who only tapped to parents who went all the way up. But all had the same baseline. I don't know what that means. I mean that I grew up surrounded by families which fell at every point along the spectrum, from your "...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: FDA forcing antibacterial soap makers to prove claims/safety
Replies: 40
Views: 6599

Re: FDA forcing antibacterial soap makers to prove claims/sa

Flu, viral pneumonia. No. Very, very rarely lethal in immunocompetent persons. Try Ebola. Infectious diseases are numerous and their clinical courses are varied. Any statement about bacterial illness vs viral illness is a broad generalization with many exceptions. I was more speaking in terms of th...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: FDA forcing antibacterial soap makers to prove claims/safety
Replies: 40
Views: 6599

Re: FDA forcing antibacterial soap makers to prove claims/sa

How many infections are actually caused by bacteria, anyway, in comparison to viral infections? Viral illnesses are more common, but with the odd exception (HIV, SARS, etc.) they are self-limiting, which is to say, you feel lousy for a while, but then your immune system takes care of the problem (a...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: FDA forcing antibacterial soap makers to prove claims/safety
Replies: 40
Views: 6599

Re: FDA forcing antibacterial soap makers to prove claims/sa

How many infections are actually caused by bacteria, anyway, in comparison to viral infections? Antibacterial soap probably runs a marginally better chance of preventing foodborne illness, but it won't do lickety-split against the flu or a common cold. And I'd guess that it's a little like passwords...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

And was that a tap on the behind, or beating with sticks? The whole gambit. Full spectrum. It seems obvious that severe beatings would make you afraid of a tap on the behind, but in this case it is the severe beatings that are producing the harm, not the tap in and of itself. I mean there was a who...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British gov. wants all sex websites blocked by default
Replies: 54
Views: 13491

Re: British gov. wants all sex websites blocked by default

Yeah, the definition is the tricky part. Do websites self-select? No one would. Does the ISP scroll through every page on the internet and rate it on the basis of how porny it is? "Pornography filters used by major internet service providers are blocking websites offering sex education and adv...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"
Replies: 93
Views: 47400

Re: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"

Accelerating at 9001 times the speed of light per nanosecond should be perfectly possible so long as you only keep it up for less than 1/9001 of a nanosecond. Jerking up to that acceleration should be possible for even longer. I'll take your word for it. :P But seriously, I love how things like thi...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 73318

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

Returning to the original what-if.... So a supernova at 1 AU is nine orders of magnitude brighter than a nuke pressed against your eyeball. I thought "yeah I have a pretty good idea how much a billion times more power is." Then I realized something -- this means that the wavefront from a s...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

I can certainly cite studies. My primary evidence, admittedly, is extensive personal experience with hundreds of children who were raised (to varying degrees) with the same philosophy my parents used. And was that a tap on the behind, or beating with sticks? The whole gambit. Full spectrum. There a...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything
Replies: 154
Views: 31628

Re: Wrong on the Internet: The Final Theory

Yeah, I basically can't math either, but when he said that the reason we don't notice is because everything is expanding uniformly, and yet it has the effect of resembling motion (or any effect at all, for that matter) he failed basic life and clearly can't life at all. If everything was expanding ...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism in cultures other than your own
Replies: 97
Views: 25915

Re: Racism in cultures other than your own

The thing that springs to mind most quickly is not racism per se, but the culture of infantilization fetishism in certain Asian countries (Japan mostly, though it's present in China and elsewhere too).
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37389

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

Not having an effect on employment, aka not causing more unemployment is a evidence against the claim "raising minimum wage is bad because more people will be unemployed." That said, I want to see more studies on this to repeat the effect if possible. http://businessinnovation.berkeley.ed...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pakistan polio workers targeted
Replies: 88
Views: 11483

Re: Pakistan polio workers targeted

Quick question. If the arm is removed, is the kid still properly vaccinated? Assuming they survive amputation by what is likely not a licensed surgeon, without anaesthetic and antiseptic, likely resulting in gangrene? **is sick to my stomach** Depends on whether it was a bloodstream injection or an...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pakistan polio workers targeted
Replies: 88
Views: 11483

Re: Pakistan polio workers targeted

But that in specific is a quote from Apocalypse Now, right?

Which is still making me sick to think about it.
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything
Replies: 154
Views: 31628

Re: Wrong on the Internet: The Final Theory

Sorry if my example implied they were on the Earth's surface, I meant if they were in space, stationary, next to each other. Then they will expand until they collide, but because everything is expanding, this will manifest as mutual gravitational attraction between the two objects. Which, to be fai...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pakistan polio workers targeted
Replies: 88
Views: 11483

Re: Pakistan polio workers targeted

The arms-cutting-off was a quote from a fictional movie, right? Please?
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 62987

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

RogueCynic wrote:I thought it ended at the sixth panel and found it quite profound. When I got to this thread and read the rest, up to the last panel it was deeeeeep. The last panel blew it for me.

I also thought it ended at the sixth panel.
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything
Replies: 154
Views: 31628

Re: Wrong on the Internet: The Final Theory

Haha, I have this book lying around. Anyone want it? Otherwise it's eventually going into the paper recycling to be turned into something useful. It sounds like it'd be useful to use as a paperweight. Obviously until the internal battery runs out and it doesn't have the energy to exert pressure dow...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

It's impossible to maintain "innocent until proven guilty" without effectively accusing a rape victim of being a slut. It's impossible for CPS to be able to protect abused children without completely obliterating parental autonomy. It's impossible for women to have legitimate, fair contro...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

It's impossible to maintain "innocent until proven guilty" without effectively accusing a rape victim of being a slut. It's impossible for CPS to be able to protect abused children without completely obliterating parental autonomy. It's impossible for women to have legitimate, fair contro...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

The world is fucked. Maybe, but I intend to keep going until it explodes in my face. But what I don't and won't do is to expect that everything can be fixed. I currently settle for doing the best we can, and learning to live with the rest. Most days that works. As do I. But agnosticism is seeming m...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

The CPS is screwed because every time they don't do something when something does happen, even if the "warning sign" was scrapes and bruises every 3 yr has, society is in an uproar. And when they do do things right, like when they raised the FLDS rape compound in 2008, society only saw ch...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

The entire child welfare system is screwed. "We beat our kids with sticks, we've already been turned down for a domestic adoption, we've beaten other families' kids with sticks as well, and one parent has a history of mental illness. Can we adopt a dozen kids from Africa?" "Sure, sou...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything
Replies: 154
Views: 31628

Re: Wrong on the Internet: The Final Theory

Two objects....passing each other....are actually expanding....so they seem closer....which makes us think they are orbiting? Can't you see? It's clearly shown in the diagrams! Well, at least it is for the part where they have passed eachother and they expand tangentially... and then the universe e...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

... I was simply asserting that any motivation-by-pain, no matter how slight, carries a non-negligible risk of producing fear and distrust and a sense of betrayal. No choice being presented at all. You're free to take exception to my assertion, of course. Do you have any evidence of the whole "...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1140469

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Here's a reason to begin all conversations with "I do not consent to any searches." Would it have mattered in this case? The cop smelled marijuana, which if I'm not mistaken already constitutes probably cause for a search (legally, not morally, obviously), and the woman in question even a...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"
Replies: 54
Views: 17195

Re: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"

Is anyone up for recalculating GLR's numbers if one were to read just the Cliff/Spark Notes versions? :mrgreen: Hmm, let's see. I tried searching for "average length of cliff notes in comparison to original" but I just got results for "average penis length" so that's unhelpful. ...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything
Replies: 154
Views: 31628

Re: Wrong on the Internet: The Final Theory

I scanned a couple of pages for a bit of amusement: http://imageshack.us/a/img209/1775/5atm.th.jpg http://imageshack.us/a/img824/6965/0ocn.th.jpg The second one explains that the electric charge is actually a different rate of expansion at the sub-atomic level. Yes, every atom is like a little TARD...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Well, not to nitpick, but false dichotomy there. Maybe it's not necessary to run the risk of making your child fearful in order to prevent the chance of them sticking a bobby pin in an electrical socket. Not to nitpick, but you were the one that provided the dichotomy. I was pointing out that it wa...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 39902

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

I should probably add that the "hunt" part of the "modified hunt and peck" I now do has atrophied entirely. I can type with my eyes closed almost as well as with them open, although somehow typing with them open still helps with accuracy, peripheral vision I guess. I typed that ...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

You can tell people who spank freely with their hand. A suddenly raised hand will often be accompanied by an involuntary twitch or flinch or the part of the child. Yep, absolutely. Same reason I have panic attacks when people direct the word "excuse" at me. Is that "excuse" with...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

If there's a chance that using even a slight amount of pain to motivate your child could make your child feel fearful, distrustful, and betrayed, wouldn't you want to try to find another approach? Like everything, it's all a balance. Slight chance of making my child fearful vs great chance of child...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371235

Re: Gun Control

Meanwhile, all the petty criminals who already have access to guns would slaughter everybody. That's... not how it works in the real world. There are many countries in the world where firearms are banned, or nearly so, and you don't see spree killings by petty criminals like you're suggesting. Why ...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 29631

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Funny how the people who are so crazy about personal responsibility do everything they can to deflect it.
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371235

Re: Gun Control

Petty criminals don't go around murdering people just because someone passed a law. Of course not. That's a terrific strawman. Now if you want to argue that the lack of guns will lead to increased crime, then we can measure that. Precisely. Take any city which has banned guns and compare its murder...

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