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by Czhorat
Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 179277

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

On the lighter side, this was the closing paragraph of Ginia Bellafante's story in the NY Times on September 30th: The encampment in Zuccotti Park is likely to remain indefinitely. At this point, any attempt on the part of the police to close things down could only result in the resurrection of Emma...
by Czhorat
Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 179277

Occupy Wall Street. Demands

They have demands! https://www.occupywallst.org/forum/detailed-list-of-demands-overview-of-tactics-for-d/ This is how I introduced them on my various social media: , the movement's been growing rapidly over the past few days, with support from unions (including SEIU, Teamsters, ant others) and siste...
by Czhorat
Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 179277

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

Dark567 wrote:
Czhorat wrote:Has anyone seen their principles of solidarity?

They seem to be a work in progress, but their hearts are in the right place, and they're trying. That's more than many can say.

Redefining how labor is valued
Scares the living shit out of me.


Can you elaborate on that?
by Czhorat
Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 179277

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

Has anyone seen their principles of solidarity?

They seem to be a work in progress, but their hearts are in the right place, and they're trying. That's more than many can say.
by Czhorat
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 179277

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

The death penalty came up because of an execution of a man who very well may have been innocent. I understand that it was an emktional issue with many of the protesters.

I'm not sure why thos makes them tea-partyish.
by Czhorat
Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 179277

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

I just visited the park where the protesters are gathering to speak with a friend of mine who's been protesting since last Sunday (and spent 11 hours in jail after being swept up in the mass arrest the other night). Everyone seems in good spirits, and the arrests seem to have galvanized them. There ...
by Czhorat
Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 485689

Re: Religion: The Deuce

And something seeming unlikely or outlandish doesn't make it false. DSenette you still haven't given me any evidence that tells me why the resurrection is unlikely, other than the knee-jerk response that 'supernatural things don't happen' What about my statement that the default position is that un...
by Czhorat
Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 485689

Re: Religion: The Deuce

True, but it would be wrong to dismiss out of hand claims made in the Bible, simply because there is no other evidence. I'm willing to concede that the supernatural claims are not proveable either way, however why should this default to being 'the bible is wrong and these events never happened'? Sh...
by Czhorat
Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Execution of Troy Davis
Replies: 49
Views: 3978

Re: Execution of Troy Davis

We have to execute people. How else can we make the point that killing is wrong? I'll share what I posted on G+: On Facebook I received links to this from at least three different people completely unconnected to eachother. Tragically, there's likely nothing we can do - this time. The clock, I fear,...
by Czhorat
Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 233678

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

It also appears that Bachmann and Santorum went after Perry pretty good about him issuing an executive order mandating the HPV vaccine for girls. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-perry-bachmann-hpv-20110912,0,7840247.story?track=rss Bachman is quickly fading as Perry is taking her far-rig...
by Czhorat
Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?
Replies: 31
Views: 7128

Re: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?

WHat are your issues with Kipling's politics? I admire his anticolonialism. In either event, I see it as different because Kipling is dead and can no longer profit from your support. To pick up this earlier thread of discussion, Kipling expressed in some of his work a definite tendency toward racis...
by Czhorat
Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 202660

Re: Ice and Fire?

Has anyone seen the discussion on ASoIaF at TigerBeatdown? http://tigerbeatdown.com/2011/08/26/enter-ye-myne-mystic-world-of-gayng-raype-what-the-r-stands-for-in-george-r-r-martin/ To summerize, the blogger found the books distasteful because if the prevalence or rape and threatened rape, that rape ...
by Czhorat
Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XKCD mentioned on Yahoo News!
Replies: 10
Views: 1848

Re: XKCD mentioned on Yahoo News!

I took Sourmilk's sour commentary as more directed towards Yahoo "News" than to the "News and Articles" forum.
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?
Replies: 31
Views: 7128

Re: Boycott all things Orson Scott Card?

I don't think you can be a Mormon and support gay rights. His chosen religion might be forcing his hand. But, you know, I'm not gonna boycott Rudyard Kipling or J.R.R. Tolkien because I find their political views offensive. Sure you can. Oh, don't get me wrong - demanding gay marriage in Temple wil...
by Czhorat
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting a country to a libertarian state
Replies: 46
Views: 6410

Re: Converting a country to a libertarian state

In a more general sense, to answer mutestorm's question, is that when people are planning/budgeting for their lives, they make certain assumptions about how their revenue stream and expenses operate. People who use Medicaid, for example, probably wouldn't have proper--or any--health insurance cover...
by Czhorat
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ye olde booke thread. e.
Replies: 31
Views: 6809

Re: Ye olde booke thread. e.

I still don't get if we're just talking books in their original language, or if we're including translation I'm not sure that it matters. I suppose a better question would be why we're talking about this. Is it just bragging rights, or do we want to talk about what value we find in older literature...
by Czhorat
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?
Replies: 31
Views: 7128

Re: Boycott all things Orson Scott Card?

What about those who are against all marriage and think that gay marriage is a red herring for equality? I mean, hypothetically? If they were on record opposing marriage before the gay marriage equality issue came to the forefront? I'd respect them, but disagree. That's clearly not the position of ...
by Czhorat
Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?
Replies: 31
Views: 7128

Re: Boycott all things Orson Scott Card?

This thread is going to get derailed/locked super fast, but I have a few thoughts. The NOM doesn't strike me as an unusually bigoted organization. From my brief googling, it appears to only be against gay marriage. Like it or not, about half of americans (NOM and Orson Scott Card are both american)...
by Czhorat
Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?
Replies: 31
Views: 7128

Boycott all things Orson Scott Card?

His books. [url]Intergalactic Medicine Show[/url]. Anything else he comes up with that can give him revenue or positive recognition. Why? A year ago he took a position on the board of the National Organization for Marriage, a group of professional bigots devoted to fighting against gay rights, speci...
by Czhorat
Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?
Replies: 31
Views: 7128

Re: Author's Politics, or do you care what an author thinks?

What if the author's politics are so repugnant to you that you refuse to support them with your money? I've suggested publicly elsewhere that people boycott the work of Orson Scott Card to protest his membership on the board of the professional-bigot group NOM. The idea of supporting someone who wou...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands
Replies: 387
Views: 24256

Re: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands

Again, why do you assume what you have bolded is intrinsically true? If we each use public services, and I become rich, and you become not rich, why do you point to public services as an indicator that a rich person has benefited more? I think that Belial's point is that one gets rich by operating ...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 250514

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Well as was mentioned before, if users pick their phrases, the math works out less in their favor, because they're unlikely to do so suitably randomly. And yeah, it is harder to do the math on phrases people might pick, apart from pointing out that if it's one of the most common (million/billion/tr...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands
Replies: 387
Views: 24256

Re: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands

Yes, that is the point; libertarians support paying taxes to a government that maximizes their economic freedom. Again, with the binaries: libertarians don't believe that all taxes all the time are always bad. Steroid turned up in the thread a while ago. All bets are now off as to what your "t...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting a country to a libertarian state
Replies: 46
Views: 6410

Re: Converting a country to a libertarian state

"George Bush's War" was well known for being the first in recent history to put government contractors (instead of the military) on the ground. I don't know the extent of it, nor do I know the history. I do know that the media exploded with respect to Blackwater, but I don't really rememb...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands
Replies: 387
Views: 24256

Re: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands

Yes, that is the point; libertarians support paying taxes to a government that maximizes their economic freedom. Again, with the binaries: libertarians don't believe that all taxes all the time are always bad. The problem isn't the idea that "taxes are theft", but with the very narrow def...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 13587

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

Statistically, the United States has higher survival rates for trauma care, serious illness, long-term illness, you name it, than nearly anyplace else in the world. We also enjoy shorter wait times for both emergency and non-emergency medical care. There is a reason that people come here from aroun...
by Czhorat
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What books would you like to see made into movies?
Replies: 97
Views: 73043

Re: What books would you like to see made into movies?

I don't see the value in having a beloved book made into a movie. A book with good descriptive prose comes alive to me in my mind, and the silver screen never quite matches my expectations. What specifically would one expect to get from a film of Neuromancer that one couldn't get from the books? Is ...
by Czhorat
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ye olde booke thread. e.
Replies: 31
Views: 6809

Re: Ye olde booke thread. e.

Do you count The Illiad as 8th Century BC, or the date of the translation (Alexander Pope, 1715 - 1720)? I've recently been reading all the classical literature I never have, to kind of piece together how it influences writing today. The aforementioned Homer and some of Pope's other work. I was fasc...
by Czhorat
Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 32760

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

I've skimmed through the thread and seen alot off people suggest the opt-in opt-out way which is a brilliant idea. I mean if you want to help people when you die why not? However I think the system here in Belgium is designed idealy: By law you are organ donor . If you die in a hospital and are abl...
by Czhorat
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 28270

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

Right. Of course, if everything you do is in the browser, I'd suggest that you might maybe spend too much time in YouTwitFace and you might want to think about the tiny detail that every second you throw into the gaping maw of the Distractionator is another second off your life that you won't get b...
by Czhorat
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.
Replies: 31
Views: 3259

Re: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.

Then again, this is just another example of where the Republican party has really been going. It's not about the deficit, it's not about a balanced budget or fiscal responsibility, it's about punishing people who they perceive as voting Democrat. Wat. I see the Republican house passing a bill autho...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Alternative therapy - Train tracks?
Replies: 22
Views: 2672

Re: Alternative therapy - Train tracks?

It's easy to tell who'se been using this therapy.

Spoiler:
Just check for track-marks.
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.
Replies: 31
Views: 3259

Re: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.

Yeah, but it sounds snappier than "detectors that allows people to determine if the intent of the post was satirical or not". On topic: Is the FAA self funding most of the time? What is their reasoning for blocking the Hutchison compromise? Also, am I reading this right in that it will ta...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Alternative therapy - Train tracks?
Replies: 22
Views: 2672

Re: Alternative therapy - Train tracks?

If you're close enough on the rails as the train approaches you will feel the electricity as the train car discharges the electricity through the rails and in to the ground but put enough distance between a subject and the train car and the inherent electrical resistance of the rails drops off the ...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend me a good short story author...
Replies: 48
Views: 55949

Re: Recommend me a good short story author...

I love short fiction. I'd not read too many in a row (they seem very similar in tone), but the unsentimental westerns of Annie Proulx are worth reading. (One of them became the film Brokeback Mountain ). You can't go wrong with classics. I find the short fiction of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawt...
by Czhorat
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.
Replies: 31
Views: 3259

Re: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.

podbaydoor wrote:I'm pretty sure it's satire.


I think you're right.

I know I don't post a ton around here, but it shouldn't be all that hard to guess at my politics.
by Czhorat
Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.
Replies: 31
Views: 3259

Re: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.

How are airports supposed to make money if they have to deal with these meddlesome federal inspectors? If an airline has enough fatal accidents, market forces will drive people to choose different carriers, solving the problem. There's no need for big-government forcing the regulatory will of a cent...
by Czhorat
Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Free Morning After Pills, guess the country
Replies: 63
Views: 4997

Re: Free Morning After Pills, guess the country

They should be allowed to share costs, because of the very nature of insurance. People buy insurance, pay their expected expenses (plus extra) to transfer the expenses over to the insurance company. Except, if the person no longer has to pay for his/her own expenses, there is little reason not to i...
by Czhorat
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 20098

Re: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?

To take this back on topic completely, there is only one difference to "a universe with God" and "a universe without God" except for one thing. As both universes look exactly the same**. The only difference is one has a moral law giver and one does not. Any other description of ...
by Czhorat
Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another cop encounter caught on tape.
Replies: 59
Views: 5326

Re: Another cop encounter caught on tape.

The primary creator and enforcers of gun laws are the individual states (with individual cities being in second place), and as such the population and political makeup of the state will have far more to do with the gun laws than the Fed. Which is how it should be. Why? The use of a firearm in the m...

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