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by VannA
Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 277221

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

Maybe some of that trust is misplaced. I don't know. My friends and relatives in CSIRO would say a lot of it is. While probably being guilty themselves. My Friends at Garvan are not as bad, but more administration politics goes on, from what I can gather. As I mentioned way back in the early pages,...
by VannA
Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 14864

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

Moral responsibility comes with prediction of consequences, not with intent.

Did you act with the prediction of good consequences, but was wrong? Then you're good, but foolish.
by VannA
Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 277221

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

I get the feeling Max would benefit greatly from some basic systems theory. The two posts I've made we're both intended to support the other folks on here who've indicate the result of keeping IR in the system for longer is multiplicative. I don't have access to the tools (in a training course) to s...
by VannA
Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 277221

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

Max. If the total, energy state of the atmosphere rises over 10 years, would you expect the average temperature to increase? Noting that the temperature increase would not have to be large, or distributed. Let's pick stereotypical ice-cap or glacial melt. And, if we, as I believe has been show, the ...
by VannA
Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant
Replies: 1676
Views: 396707

Re: SYDNEY PEOPLE! Currently Orgasmising: Sometime in 2012 m

Given Eggs benedict is like, my favourite, I concur, I have also not yet eaten at Lou Jacks, as it appears full whenever I walk past with my washing.
Regardless. Shall we say the 10th, then? Brunch times?

10th November, Lou Jacks, 11:30, 12? I shall enquiry if bookings can be made.
by VannA
Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 95139

Re: Radical Feminism

I think that part of the problem with gender is the tangled knot we've created with our definitions, and our resistance to the notion of expanding those definitions when it becomes clear that there is benefit in doing so. Added to the (Potentially discussed in the last 11 pages) fact that we tend t...
by VannA
Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 277221

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

Nooo. It would bounce it around inside the subsystem that gas itself consists of. If you treat all CO2 as an amorphous blob, then I might agree. But it isn't. It's a system of many smaller system, and if you increase the amount of those subsystems, things take longer to go through them. The longer t...
by VannA
Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Political barriers to effective government
Replies: 29
Views: 6812

Re: Political barriers to effective government

This is, more explicitly, a problem with party based politics, in my opinion. Remove the parties, treat all votes as conscience votes, remove bill sponsoring, promote problem-based legislative crafting, and use a 3rd body of staff from multiple skillsets to draft legislation. Make politics about exa...
by VannA
Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 14864

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

No, I was just comparing the absence of good and ill in death to what would be present otherwise . If a person stops counting as a victim the moment they die, then quickly executing a happy hermit that nobody else will notice gone would be less of a crime than punching someone who will have hurt fe...
by VannA
Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 14864

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

But by that standard any crime would leave you with more total suffering, as well as more total enjoyment, than being murdered. So presumably if you're saying something was worse than eliminating someone entirely, it means it made their existence a net negative. Otherwise, I'm afraid I don't unders...
by VannA
Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 14864

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

Not at all.

I'm saying their total value of hurt is higher. Nobody is 'better off' dead. It is a non-state of personhood.
by VannA
Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 14864

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

I would suggest, in terms of overall social cost, rape and murder are very close, and the overall hurt, IMO, greater with rape. Doesn't that count for something? When someone is murdered, everything they can bring to the world is lost. Where does abortion fit into your model? If you want to start j...
by VannA
Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 277221

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

I like, in that sense that actually I am abhorrent of, how this conversation is still talking about mechanics, which is perfectly pointing out the real flaws, in my opinion, with this argument, and the issues inherent in it. What we are doing economically and physically, with regards to mining and p...
by VannA
Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 14864

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

Killing people is indeed a crime of the highest degree, above absolutely any non-killing crime. . Are you religious? There are a few crimes I hold worse than killing. Killing affects the families of the victim, and they, in a very real sense, are more a victim than the murdered person. I would sugg...
by VannA
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant
Replies: 1676
Views: 396707

Re: SYDNEY PEOPLE! Currently Orgasmising: 13 or 14 March 201

I demand this occurs in November. But not the 3rd or 17th.

Do you all acquiesce?

And in Newtown, because I am lazy, and live there. But also because it is awesome.
by VannA
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 14864

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

This may not be the case in other countries, but in the United States there is no royalty nor is there any nobility. most of the political power comes from the civilians, and it's therefore not entirely accurate to speak about the state as though it were some entity separate from your self. I'm not...
by VannA
Thu May 12, 2011 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: About steering human evolution
Replies: 94
Views: 7363

Re: About steering human evolution

Looking at things from a perspective where you see the communicating of a sickness as causing harm through negligence (which I think is a valid point of view) it makes one wonder just where the government's role in that lies. Somewhere along the line we decided that government and societal controls...
by VannA
Wed May 11, 2011 8:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex couples
Replies: 285
Views: 13748

Re: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex coup

They should be covered in standard civil contract law. Fuck 'civil unions' if the law recognises the ability of an entity to enter a contract, then that is one of the things they should be able to specify in a contract. IE, If I and my 2 partners want those rights, it is flatly illegal, in my count...
by VannA
Wed May 11, 2011 7:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex couples
Replies: 285
Views: 13748

Re: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex coup

I'd rather not see governments demanding things of religion; I'd rather they basically ignore one another as much as possible. This is actually why I'm opposed to a legal recognition of marriage entirely. So, things like hospital visitation rights and the ability to file a joint tax return... you j...
by VannA
Wed May 11, 2011 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: About steering human evolution
Replies: 94
Views: 7363

Re: About steering human evolution

I'm relatively sure I can build a case that doesn't impact supposed parent rights any more than parents may impact rights of their offspring, that would involve taking offspring into care.. but I'm not sure. Needs more work/thought. Oh, do tell. Lets start with what rights you want to attribute to ...
by VannA
Wed May 11, 2011 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 20767

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

For this thread, let's please agree to consider evil the perpetration of violence against people for reasons other than actual self-defense--in other words, violence against the innocent. Are you using violence only in a physical sense? And how are you then defining good? Given that your subsequent...
by VannA
Wed May 11, 2011 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: About steering human evolution
Replies: 94
Views: 7363

Re: About steering human evolution

I'm a fan of the creche, and non-biological parenthood. This indirectly answers some of the points raised :D The 'right to reproduce' is one that is emergent from other 'rights' that I hold as being worthwhile, so I can't really argue with reproductive rights. I'm relatively sure I can build a case ...
by VannA
Wed May 13, 2009 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wikipedia fails again
Replies: 44
Views: 9801

Re: Wikipedia fails again

Minerva wrote:good, honest factual contributions which are credible, people will attack them if they don't agree with their particular hippy pseudoscience views.


*cough* Or valid dissenting scientific opinions.
by VannA
Fri May 01, 2009 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persistent Vegetative State
Replies: 12
Views: 2338

Re: Persistent Vegetative State

I don't beleive this is an area that should be legislated, or at least, not with out a lot of fiddlyness. I, personally, would be reasonably comfortable if the missing-persons-declared-deceased rules were applied to those in a coma. (IE, you're in a coma for 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, whatever is ...
by VannA
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cringe
Replies: 225
Views: 62056

Re: Fringe

What? Really? No other commend on this show? I like it :oops: I especially like the whole current idea regarding the abilities of those exposed to the trial substance. I mean, it is relatively well accepted that 'observation' in the collapse of a quantum wave form is not the 'obersvation...
by VannA
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: New Joss Whedon Series: Dollhouse [Spoilers Within]
Replies: 803
Views: 69266

Re: New Joss Whedon Series: Dollhouse [Spoilers Within]

Every time I fall asleep, get too drunk, or get banged on my head too hard, there is an interruption in my consciousness. As yet, every time I've managed to reboot. Ie, start with "consciousness is what information feels like when it is being processed". Imagine you build a computer. It t...
by VannA
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)
Replies: 2377
Views: 123898

Re: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)

This show has been thoroughly mimicing the worst of the print comics in every detail. (Lack of consistancy, clarity, rebooting of stories, changing character definitions, etc, etc) Does that mean it has succeeding in its purpose? I don't even know why I watch it any more. Nor do I know how a fuck-up...
by VannA
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 134677

Re: Twilight?

I revel in the hate. It feeds me.

I have held my stance, and refused to read them. I seem to be continually proven wise :P
by VannA
Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Tom Robbins?
Replies: 13
Views: 1941

Re: Tom Robbins?

Jitterbug Perfume is one of my favourite books.

I've read Half-Asleep, and Fierce Invalids..

I think I shall Amazon the rest.
by VannA
Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Quantum of Solace
Replies: 40
Views: 6140

Re: Quantum of Solace

I saw this movie far too close to a very large screen, so the cutting made me angry. Very Angry.

As did the bullshit storage technology for fuel cells.

The rest was awesome, though we didn't see enough of Strawberry Fields (Check the credits.. that was her name. Is awesome Bond girl name.)
by VannA
Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Socratic sagacity
Replies: 12
Views: 3010

Re: Socratic sagacity

Heinleinisms!
by VannA
Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK is a police state
Replies: 136
Views: 8838

Re: I don't know what to think about Big Brother.

I would strongly suggest obtaining 'Brave New World'

And then reading 'Brave New World - Revisited'

As well as 1984.
by VannA
Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drugs in America, the War on Drugs, and What Should Change
Replies: 191
Views: 12004

Re: Drugs in America, the War on Drugs, and What Should Change

. The rest of your argument regarding my distaste for the government becoming involved with rights on this particular issue doesn't really make sense. I argue that the government shouldn't restrict rights based off of how it wants people to behave, and your response is it can anyway if it feels lik...
by VannA
Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drugs in America, the War on Drugs, and What Should Change
Replies: 191
Views: 12004

Re: Drugs in America, the War on Drugs, and What Should Change

As far as real-world change goes, I'd be satisfied if the government legalized all drugs except for opium derivatives, with the usually-proposed regulations and vice taxes. That way I could go the supermarket and pick up a gram of kush whenever I feel like just spending the rest of the night laughi...
by VannA
Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Economic Results of Socialism
Replies: 39
Views: 3875

Re: The Economic Results of Socialism

High clawback rates discourage people from taking low-paying jobs, but high tax rates discourage people from investing in, starting and expanding businesses (I'm presently learning firsthand about these). Excessively high company tax rates will, high personal tax rates usually start to do the oppos...
by VannA
Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexual Marriage?
Replies: 394
Views: 29286

Re: Homosexual Marriage?

Why two? No, seriously, why only two? From a pragmatic standpoint - there's already a framework for only two. And if we want gay marriage to be accepted, pushing for polygamy at the same time is a good way to make sure it doesn't happen any time soon. I'm all for polygamy, myself - but that is not ...
by VannA
Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bone Marrow Donation
Replies: 16
Views: 2493

Re: Bone Marrow Donation

I have heard that it is hideously painful, but that is second- or third-hand. It isn't.. at least not in Australia, anymore. A week of self-administrated injections, that force the production of more marrow cells. A few sessions of apheresis and you're done. The most annoying thing was the boredom ...
by VannA
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Replies: 69
Views: 6051

Re: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

No.. but I liked it a lot.

Samurai Jack and Windu are close to similiar figures, at least in characteristics.
by VannA
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Now with spoilers!)
Replies: 341
Views: 34600

Re: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Now with spoilers!)

The terminator of the week vibe is a little annoying, but I can live with it. It was a good episode. I still don't like the actor who plays John. He doesn't embarrass himself, but all of the other actors are doing a much better job than him, and he's the focus of the whole thing. Really, the only t...
by VannA
Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is America more right-wing than other democracies?
Replies: 109
Views: 8095

Re: Why is America more conservative than other countries?

Yakk wrote:The first world consists of:
USA
Canada
European countries, mostly in western Europe.
Japan
South Korea
Various small states in south east Asia.


*cough*

Points to Location.

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