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by EMTP
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8496
Views: 774694

Re: Trump presidency

Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, met twice with the Russian ambassador prior to the inauguration and lied to Congress about it. (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice last year with the top Russian diplomat in Washington whose interactions with former Trump national security adviser Mike ...
by EMTP
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kubo and the Two Strings
Replies: 61
Views: 14455

Re: Kubo and the Two Strings

I think the acronym you should be using is IMWO. Is that your WO on the matter? :lol: I actually have quite a bit of education/experience with this via two MAs, one in English Lit and the other in Literary & Cultural Theory. "Cultural appropriation" is a relatively new concept and, IM...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2100
Views: 413185

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I might be; I know that Mearls said *some* early supplement had Sorc subclasses that added bonus spells, and those were a mistake they weren't repeating. I think you're thinking of Unearthed Arcana, the online column where they release playtest materials. One of their VERY early efforts was a ludic...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Alternatively, you could feel free to stop being homophobic when queer people in the medical profession tell you that's what your medical opinions amount to. Again, inconveniently for you, that's a matter of reality reality, not imagined reality. In reality reality I'm neither homophobic, nor have ...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 368224

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

This is a big one: Sickle cell disease cured via gene therapy. Now a team in France seems to have developed a treatment that would work for everyone with the disorder. First, the team took bone marrow stem cells from the boy when he was 13, and gave them extra, mutated versions of the gene that code...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

believe me, i am well aware that many doctors are extremely lacking in basic human decency and are chock-full of the homophobic and virulently transphobic ideas that you are currently putting forth. Gender Studies professors, I'm telling you. It'd be a great sideline for them, academics are always ...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm not interested in a 9th level Basic Human Decency badge. Clearly. HAHAHA! It's funny because because instead making an argument you can put your words in someone else's mouth. And it's also funny because I work in the community with the poorest, sickest, craziest, more marginalized people in so...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

also, lots of gay folk i know don't have sex, at all. if you're affirming someone is having sex with men because they said they're gay, you're probably holding some homophobic ideas about queer people that reduces us ton the kind of sex we have and should maybe examine that. if you're a doctor who ...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Oh, pardon, I missed that you already answered this question! I think you're off base, though -- we don't think of things as social identity as being medically relevant, do we? The stress caused by those identities might be medically relevant, sure -- but I wouldn't expect the word 'lesbian' on a m...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2100
Views: 413185

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Note that Sword Coast's new Sorcerer subclasses are committing a sin that wotc's since stayed away from - they add more spells to the Sorcerer's Spells Known list. This has proven to be too powerful of a benefit, and so they don't do it any more. Hmmm, maybe you're think of something else? The only...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8496
Views: 774694

Re: Trump presidency

Is the chart reflecting the views of GOP voters vs. Trump? Because a lot of things marked as somewhat abnormal (complaining about voter fraud, criticizing "activist" judges, etc.) is fairly standard fare for the GOP. First, I would say the ratings are subjective. I don't think there's any...
by EMTP
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

No it's not. Sexual behavior is a medically relevant fact, orientation has nothing to do with it. If your sexual behavior as a woman is that you exclusively date and have sex with women, the term for that is lesbianism. First though, in this particular case the way it's being used is all screwed up...
by EMTP
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

WHAT THE FUCK Woman goes to doctor for blood tests, "Lesbianism" appears under her list of problems! It was listed as a medical problem to.... protect her from being offended? I was interested in this, but the link leads to an empty page. Perhaps it was pulled because it was inaccurate? O...
by EMTP
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8496
Views: 774694

Re: Trump presidency

In my defense, Republicans are really supportvie of Trump right now. He's done a lot of what they want, (aside from the big issue of putin/russia philia that Trump has). Even the trade stuff isn't completely out of line since it means more corporate welfare, which the GOP loves. https://projects.fi...
by EMTP
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: solving the refugee crisis
Replies: 62
Views: 19166

Re: solving the refugee crisis

However, there was lots of empty land, and it was no big deal, at least in the beginning. If you're talking about the US, your history is about a hundred years out of date. No, there was not a lot of empty land. Yes, it was a big deal, as you could deduce from the fighting and dying that went on. N...
by EMTP
Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8496
Views: 774694

Re: Trump presidency

According to AP, Trump is asking for a $54B increase in the defense budget . Sorry for linking to a tweet, but they haven't published an article yet on it. The put out an article on it, so the link is updated. This increase is actually far less significant than the effort to gut discretionary s...
by EMTP
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8496
Views: 774694

Re: Trump presidency

Politicians (Trump included) generally follow through with 70% or more of what they promised. Though in Trump's case, it's hard to tell where Trump begins, and where his various staffers power playing ends. That manwhore signs anything you put in front of him, which explains why his staff has been ...
by EMTP
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 47
Views: 20071

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Pathophysiology of critical care:

Air goes in and out; blood goes round and round; any variation on this is bad.
by EMTP
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28599
Views: 3382869

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Road users are already charged for access to the roads (license and registration fees), why not roll the cost of road maintenance into that and not fuel? Break the payments up into monthly installments so you don't have a huge bill every year when you renew. Because neither of those give a correlat...
by EMTP
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8496
Views: 774694

Re: Trump presidency

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/26/us/politics/trump-budget.html Trump calls for standard Republican budget, boost the military, maintain medicare/social security/ and gut everything else. Interesting note, there's no sign of Trump's calculations being based off Trump's promised 3% gdp growth(outra...
by EMTP
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kubo and the Two Strings
Replies: 61
Views: 14455

Re: Kubo and the Two Strings

I really enjoyed the movie as a work of art and entertainment. The animation is a true technical and artistic triumph. I cannot endorse the egregious whitewashing in the voice cast, and the overwhelming whiteness of the film crew. The director gave an extremely copout answer to a question about thi...
by EMTP
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 24828

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

Important misconceptions include: 1. That it is the weapons/methods that define terrorism, rather than the targets (civilians) or the type of actor (by definition, non-state.) 2. That terrorists are obviously and dramatically morally inferior to say, someone choosing to serve in a military or securi...
by EMTP
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: solving the refugee crisis
Replies: 62
Views: 19166

Re: solving the refugee crisis

While I agree with the idea of fairly open borders, borders are there for a reason. When you enter somebody else's country (with that country's blessing), you are a guest . If you do so without that country's blessing, you are an intruder. There are many reasons to be an intruder, some of them very...
by EMTP
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2100
Views: 413185

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Anyway, chatting about 5e. Thoughts regarding the Sword Coast book that just came out? It's been *super* popular, to the point where I almost ran out since friday, but I'm not sure how much of that is just players starved for any content other than adventures. Anyone get a chance to review and comm...
by EMTP
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Chess!
Replies: 86
Views: 29356

Re: Chess!

I have been an avid fan since my father taught me to play when I was seven -- I haven't played in a tournament in almost 20 years -- I'd like to get back into the serious stuff. Presently I play in coffeehouses and at chess.com. Peak ELO was 1560. Chess.com thinks I'm higher than that now, but I dou...
by EMTP
Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1114500

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Something I noticed in that Rust Belt comparison is the German manufacturing thing. They're technologically advanced, and have double our manufacturing sector employment as a proportion of the economy. I mean, sure, Germany isn't exactly like the US in many ways, so it isn't an easy answer of "...
by EMTP
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?
Replies: 89
Views: 20990

Re: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?

I don't think we can guarantee ANYTHING for 200 years. I mean, that's almost as long as the US has existed, and it's changed pretty wildly a bunch since then. Nations rise, fall, circumstances change, different parties gain power. Exactly which is why it would be foolish to embark on a centuries-lo...
by EMTP
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?
Replies: 89
Views: 20990

Re: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?

A small scale aerosol SRM trial could be stopped with little to no termination shock. Similar fluctuations in the amount of solar radiation the earth receives happen frequently through the solar cycle and volcanic eruptions. Yes, you could experiment and get a better sense of how it would work. But...
by EMTP
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?
Replies: 89
Views: 20990

Re: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?

There are a number of problems with SRM. I'll focus on one that hasn't been referenced here so far: duration of the effort. Aerosols and their cooling effects, cloud brightening, etc., last for a few months, whereas CO2 lingers in the atmosphere for centuries. This means that once you start SRM, you...
by EMTP
Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 69673

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Comparing the US military to acts of mass violence as we are discussing here is...dishonest. Yes, war has casualties, and if we're comparing wars between countries, fine. But that's not really the same thing as the mass shooting that happened here. All you're doing is being evasive. Nonsense. What ...
by EMTP
Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 69673

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

That the Jews cause a disproportionate amount of violence is a verifiable fact. No, I'm afraid that's the opposite of being a "verifiable fact." It's what's called a "nonsensical claim" sometimes colloquially described as "not even wrong." [Note: I have made a small te...
by EMTP
Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 69673

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

That the Jews cause a disproportionate amount of violence is a verifiable fact. No, I'm afraid that's the opposite of being a "verifiable fact." It's what's called a "nonsensical claim" sometimes colloquially described as "not even wrong." But I don't think we can desc...
by EMTP
Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 69673

Re: US Anti-LGBT policy lead to 50 dead in Orlando Nightclub Shooting

But it matters quite a lot if you are interested in questions like "How do we stop this from happening in the future?" He's bad by my definition on any number of levels, and for this type of attack there is no marker which you could use to stop him. That is not true: What is true is that ...
by EMTP
Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 69673

Re: Terror attack on Orlando gay club

Everything I'm saying has been mentioned before - he's claiming he's doing it for them and supporting their cause, but there's no proof that he's actually part of the group in any measurable way. He is a part of the group in the one way that counts. He has done murder in their name. He has incited ...
by EMTP
Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Coyne, just because a lot of people are criminals doesn't means it's OK. In addition, independent doctors don't screw you as badly. So there's that. Lastly, it's not like they provide the same or better care, is worse care for more money. I'd be curious what your source is for "independent doc...
by EMTP
Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Refugees travelling to Europe
Replies: 139
Views: 23141

Re: Refugees travelling to Europe

You might've had a point, if I DIDNT see the Syrians as incredibly homophobic, antisemitic, etc prior to the civil war. Given that you're American (My assumption), that is... incredibly ironic. How's Ferguson been the last year? You don't have to look as far as Ferguson; you can just look at Egypt,...
by EMTP
Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Whatever lab grown bodies may or may not be, they will in fact consume resources just like a real person. How much does it take to keep a body alive until you can use it. How much would they add to the total consuming population? Or are we going all science fictiony and assuming accelerated growth ...
by EMTP
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Arrow
Replies: 16
Views: 8271

Re: Arrow

I finally finished season 3, after abandoning the whole series for months -- which given my standards for sci-fi entertainment, is not a good sign. Really, this show is kind of terrible [third season spoilers ahead.] The constant recourse to hand-to-hand fighting is deadly dull, especially when (...
by EMTP
Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 54497

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

Brother in law is Israeli, Sephardi. He hates the Haredi; they don't pay tax and they don't join the army yet they think they should have a right to dictate how all the other Israelis have to behave. Really, the Israeli-Arabs are more supportive of Israel than the Haredi and Hassidim are. Most isra...
by EMTP
Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iranian Deal reached
Replies: 59
Views: 12782

Re: Iranian Deal reached

The deal appears to be a win-win-win, as far as the interests of Iran, the United States, and the rest of the world are concerned. Iran made immense concessions in this deal, including drastically reducing their active centrifuges, eliminating their stockpile of HEU, and drastically reducing their s...

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