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by Rockberry
Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Self-Esteem = Success? Destruction?
Replies: 42
Views: 4877

Re: Self-Esteem = Success? Destruction?

Maybe too much self esteem (especially forms of narcissism) is bad thing. But I can attest that low self esteem can be a crippling problem.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0706: "Freedom"
Replies: 122
Views: 23073

Re: "Freedom" Discussion

Good one Randall.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hit the person above you with a random object!
Replies: 1656
Views: 104335

Re: Hit the person above you with a random object!

Throws my printer at SlyReaper's head.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google bosses convicted of privacy violations in Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1564

Re: Italy convicts Google executives over Google video content

I find this utterly disgusting.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Apples vs Oranges
Replies: 94
Views: 61683

Re: Apples vs Oranges

Love orange juice, hate eating oranges. Don't mind eating apples though, moderately like apple juice.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Caprica
Replies: 114
Views: 13345

Re: Caprica

I saw the pilot a while ago and I thought it was ok. Definitely very different to BG.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why are most mathematical constants so small?
Replies: 66
Views: 7152

Re: Why are most mathematical constants so small?

Does it have anything to do with base 10 system we use?
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rationality vs Morality
Replies: 15
Views: 3227

Re: Rationality vs Morality

You are assuming that there is only one form of rationality, one in which the greatest benefit to self is the most rational. This is only one form of rationality, also rationality and morality don't have to be mutually exclusive, one could say taking the $25000 would be more moral AND more rational...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?
Replies: 287
Views: 34125

Re: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?

I think it is a form of racist discrimination but a relatively innocuous one. As long as people don't make global judgements about others based on physical/sexual preferences I don't really have a problem.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: YMCA Peace School in Jerusalem
Replies: 22
Views: 1812

Re: YMCA Peace School in Jerusalem

Well these people give me hope that there are reasonable Israelis there - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%27Tselem
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 169674

Re: Iain M. Banks

I was wondering if anyone had gotten into his books? I am currently half way through Player of Games and I have Consider Phlebas queued up. Everyones thoughts... I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's probably the best scifi author at the moment. Not only does he create fascinating worlds, char...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man flies plane into building, Austin Texas.
Replies: 51
Views: 5172

Re: Man flies plane into building, Austin Texas.

I really don't feel that this was terroism. This seems to have been a calculated attack on the entity he believes had wronged him. Terrorism, by definition, is an action perpetrated to cause fear in a group or general populace. I don't beleive that was the intent nor the actual outcome in this case...
by Rockberry
Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Just because I disagree with you doesn't mean I'm biased. And you're no paragon of objectivity either, sir. Compared to you, i'm the rock of Gibraltar of objectivity. Yeah, good one. Thanks for the chuckle. I've clearly said that I feel there is blame on both sides. Yes, I've heard the insipid &quo...
by Rockberry
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recomend me some Sci-Fi !
Replies: 107
Views: 19973

Re: Recomend me some Sci-Fi !

The ender's game series, and the ender's shadow series, by Orson Scott Card, are both awesome. Yeah, but Card sounds like a complete arsehole and I don't want to buy his books - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orson_Scott_Card#Personal_views Anyway, I'd recommend authors such Ian M Banks, William Gibs...
by Rockberry
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

...But please stop constructing these inane strawmen... ...Nice strawman... ...you people sound a lot like the climate-change... ...You have about the same credibility as a holocaust or climate change denier. Lol. "Maybe if I just start throwing out accusations that have been leveled at me and...
by Rockberry
Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

But I take the position that an individual must be severely misguided to think that the ethnic cleansing and oppression of a stateless, powerless people is somehow morally justifiable. I believe we call that "begging the question". You have never actually proven that the creation of Israe...
by Rockberry
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Finally, please refrain from dismissing all those who disagree as having faulty moral faculty (and thus abnormal and all the more dismissible). It isn't helpful, it is scarily totalitarian and arrogant. The people who disagree with us don't (for the most part) eat babies or kill kittens. Their mora...
by Rockberry
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Hawknc wrote:Stop double/triple posting, and stop posting entirely if you're not actually contributing a useful opinion or fact to the conversation. These rules will be enforced from this point on in this thread.


What's double/triple posting?

Edit - Oops, I read the forum rule. Won't happen again.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

No, I define normal in this context as someone with a functional moral faculty. Which has been summarized by many people in many places and in many times as: Don't do to other people what you wouldn't want done to you. The basic premise of Zionism is that the worst thing in the world is to be drive...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Ok, so to conclude. You have found exactly *one* instance of communal violence occurring in Palestine prior to zionism and therefore you think this totally justifies the ethnic cleansing of nearly a million Palestinians from their ancestral homes more than a hundred years later and cooping the rest...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man flies plane into building, Austin Texas.
Replies: 51
Views: 5172

Re: Man flies plane into building, Austin Texas.

fjafjan wrote:I wonder if he'd been 'Brown', what would have been different...


Exactly my thought.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

aleflamedyud wrote:I love it when someone tries to define "normal" as "agrees with me".


No, I define normal in this context as someone with a functional moral faculty.
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

... in 1828, in Baghdad. In 1834 a cycle of violence and pillage began in Safed . In 1839 a massacre of Jews took place in Meshed in Iran followed by the forced conversion of the survivors, and a massacre of Jews occurred in Barfurush in 1867... No mention of Palestine. What a surprise. Keep diggin...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Err.... I was replying to stevey_frac . I know. I still can object to you strawmaning him as ignorant when he says this: I support Israels right to exist as a country, and defend itself from Palestinian aggression (such as rocket attacks during a cease fire). and you say this: Israel broke the ceas...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Actually read that page and the next by Bernard Lewis. The Ottomans condemned claims of blood libel and such claims were propagated by European Christian parties especially the Greek press and Greek and French diplomats. All we know is that claims of blood libel were recorded in Jerusalem in in the...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Lalalalalalalalala -- not listening! -- lalalala... The source for this is a dubious publication by an equally dubious "Ariel Center for Policy Research." Forgive if I remain heavily sceptical. We all know how heavily entrenched Zionists are in the propaganda business. Well, that's mature...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

The majority of people by the way, outside of the US, are overwhelmingly in support of the Palestinians. That is an interesting point (if a tad ad populum). Normal people by the way, outside of the US, are overwhelmingly in support of the Palestinians. Then you're not normal. You're also heavily un...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

I'm referring to Palestine prior to the Balfour declaration. Your link doesn't help in that regard. Too bad. Except the point was his, not yours, and referred to general Arab/Turkish treatment of Jews, which included Palestine, among other regions of Arab/Turkish rule. From link: " The Damascu...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

"Relative peace and harmony" by the standards of old-world 19th-century empires tends to mean oppression and servitude by today's standards. For example, go read up on pre-Zionist Muslim treatment of Jews . Better than Christendom? Hell yeah. Oppression coupled to periodic persecution? Al...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Hostile colonists who are obligated to undergo military service are hardly civilians. Normal people by the way, outside of the US, are overwhelmingly in support of the Palestinians. Apartheid/colonial apologist like yourself are hardly "normal". Of all the things you've said thus far, thi...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Hostile colonists who are obligated to undergo military service are hardly civilians. Normal people by the way, outside of the US, are overwhelmingly in support of the Palestinians. Apartheid/colonial apologist like yourself are hardly "normal". I'm outside the US. Check. I'm normal. Chec...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Too many scientists?
Replies: 79
Views: 10503

Re: Too many scientists?

any career benefits after you are done the research, any status while you are doing the research, Really? These conversations always drive home just how different various fields are - in mine, lots of effort is made to get the grad student to give talks/posters at conferences, to meet with faculty ...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

No, I reject that completely and utterly. Both sides aren't equally culpable and responsible for starting and perpetuating this conflict. The Palestinians are a victim of an abhorrent, subhuman, colonialist, racist, supremacist ideology - Zionism. Their reactions are completely understandable. The ...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:48 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ask an English teacher!
Replies: 102
Views: 9761

Re: Ask an English teacher!

I'd say that would depend why you hate him. Memories of mind-numbing boredom while studying Shakespeare in secondary school. Al Pacino in Looking for Richard , my senior AP English teacher, and Kenneth Branagh's versions of Hamlet and Othello, made me completely reverse my opinion on Shakespeare. I...
by Rockberry
Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College "Skews" Political Spectrum
Replies: 78
Views: 5896

Re: College "Skews" Political Spectrum

I'm not American but I got :
You answered 22 out of 33 correctly — 66.67 %


Suck it!
by Rockberry
Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Humans aren't blank slates. We're animals with big brains and we come equipped with a large body body of automated emotional/physiological responses... Lol yes. Unfortunately, your portrayal of the Palestinians is merely that of animals, minus the big brains, given that you've limited them to merel...
by Rockberry
Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 10793

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

I used to be very much against the idea of home schooling but being bullied (and left with permanent emotional scars) changed my mind against that. Schools can often be little better than prisons.
by Rockberry
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ask an English teacher!
Replies: 102
Views: 9761

Re: Ask an English teacher!

bigglesworth wrote:I'd say that would depend why you hate him.


Memories of mind-numbing boredom while studying Shakespeare in secondary school.
by Rockberry
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 9526

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Ok! I get it! You argument can be summed up as "Its perfectly OK for Jews to engage in colonialism and ethnic cleansing... and anybody who resists or fights back is evil"! What strange notions of morality you must hold. This is how Supremacism addles an individual mind. Strawman #60. You ...
by Rockberry
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ask an English teacher!
Replies: 102
Views: 9761

Re: Ask an English teacher!

I hate Shakespeare. Am I an uncouth brute?

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