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by *bird
Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Stalemate in Senate Leaves 4,000 Out of Work at F.A.A.
Replies: 31
Views: 4650

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

Does this mean no more institutionalized awkward gropings? Man, I wish the government could run out of money forever . No. TSA is not part of FAA. This just means that after you're groped, the plane you're on might be inspected (but might not!) and if it is, it's probably being done by someone who ...
by *bird
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists
Replies: 195
Views: 21402

Re: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists

I can't say much about the culture of Basketball but to say there is a tend towards violence seems odd. The world's two most popular sports (soccer and cricket) have both become less violent in the last 50 years. Watch a soccer match from the 60s or 70s and compare it to one today. As for cricket y...
by *bird
Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BAMN vs. University of Michigan
Replies: 41
Views: 5463

Re: BAMN vs. University of Michigan

As long as there is a recognition that the need for programs to address the issue are relevant to the issue of the case I have no problem with that. I.E. that attempts to institute color-blindness do not achieve equality or equal protection. Not that you have to agree, just accept that their necess...
by *bird
Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists
Replies: 195
Views: 21402

Re: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists

Aaeriele wrote:So perhaps something is biasing the results in the halfsigma link (perhaps the limitation to "unmarried non-Hispanic whites age 25-40") ?


Well duh, only non-Hispanic young white people matter, didn't you get the memo?
by *bird
Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 20662

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

Your right, there isn't any "good" interpretation to not having a job. Contract expiration isn't that bad, right? Why wasn't it renewed? :-P There are some companies with mandatory contract expirations or "breaks" to prevent the contractees from being considered full-time withou...
by *bird
Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists
Replies: 195
Views: 21402

Re: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists

I think a big step in the right direction would be for more men to feel like they are worthwhile enough as physical beings that sex with them is its own reward. Obviously transactions are always going to happen, but it's a good goal to try to get more men to feel desirable and not like they have to...
by *bird
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No "him" or "her" in Preschool
Replies: 61
Views: 7209

Re: No "him" or "her" in Preschool

I have some arguable objections. Nearly all the children's books deal with homosexual couples, single parents or adopted children. There are no "Snow White," ''Cinderella" or other classic fairy tales seen as cementing stereotypes. Then isn't that just cementing the stereotype that h...
by *bird
Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Eguchi Aimi
Replies: 27
Views: 3380

Re: Eguchi Aimi

All natural languages are beautiful. And some characters can be pronounced differently depending on context (e.g. は) But what exactly do you mean by "natural language"? There are regulatory authorities that produce a standard dialect in several languages like Chinese and German; see http:...
by *bird
Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CEO of PayPal pays students $100K to NOT attend college
Replies: 61
Views: 6042

Re: CEO of PayPal pays students $100K to NOT attend college

Two things are needed to fix colleges, first is the removal of the expectation of college, you don't need college to do half the jobs that require a degree. Half the time a degree is a course in how to bullshit effectively, and naught more. This is much less true in the STEM fields, but even in my ...
by *bird
Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pawlenty proposes three-tier tax system plus more!
Replies: 92
Views: 8599

Re: Pawlenty proposes three-tier tax system plus more!

Dark567 wrote:
ShootTheChicken wrote:Do they hope that most of the tax-funded programs and infrastructures somehow become privatized?
.....yes?


Yes, but only to the services they don't like.
by *bird
Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 96635

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

There is a distinct lack of empathy for what men are going through during the dating process in this thread. What the what is this I don't even...! Some of us that are in this thread are men. Consent in this context has little to do with the "dating process". It has to do with sex. Not al...
by *bird
Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ad company pulls gay safe-sex ad, internet riots
Replies: 31
Views: 3375

Re: Ad company pulls gay safe-sex ad, internet riots

Earlier today the ACL said the issue with the ads was about condoms, not homosexuality.


They say that as if it made it better. STDs for everyone!
by *bird
Tue May 31, 2011 7:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese prisons meet WoW
Replies: 202
Views: 10122

Re: Chinese prisons meet WoW

Great, but dictatorships fail the "benefitting humanity" test. (Again, if you have an alternative but useful moral axiom, please tell me). Dictators usually do things that benefit only them and not the vast majority of the population they rule over. "Benefitting (the majority of) hum...
by *bird
Tue May 31, 2011 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 96635

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

I don't know anyone who doesn't think it's horrendously bad. That's why it has so much shock value in jokes. Except when most people think of rape, they think violent stranger rape, not coercion/opportunist acquaintance rape, even though the latter occurs more often. Er... yes? Was that supposed to...
by *bird
Mon May 30, 2011 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 96635

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

jules.lt wrote:I don't know anyone who doesn't think it's horrendously bad. That's why it has so much shock value in jokes.


Except when most people think of rape, they think violent stranger rape, not coercion/opportunist acquaintance rape, even though the latter occurs more often.
by *bird
Thu May 26, 2011 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme Court to California: Reduce Prison Population
Replies: 83
Views: 8764

Re: Supreme Court to California: Reduce Prison Population

If it didn't work the first time around, what are the odds that 'the same thing, but more of it', will do any better? Harsher does not necessarily mean "the same thing, but more of it". Jail time is harsher than probation is harsher than a ticket. This reminds me of crime legislation in C...
by *bird
Thu May 26, 2011 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese prisons meet WoW
Replies: 202
Views: 10122

Re: Chinese prisons meet WoW

Threatening to pull out of China won't do much.

1) The gold farm accounts are probably not in China anyway
2) There are alternatives (not great ones, but they are there)
3) It's a demand side problem as well. Someone's buying up all this gold to play with.
by *bird
Sat May 21, 2011 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7723

Re: Study proves black women are ugly

Please take a look at the author's credentials. He has no background in psychology and very little background in biology. Why should we even pretend to listen to him again?

By the way, I think he actually believes all the nonsense he's spouting. It's kinda scary.
by *bird
Tue May 17, 2011 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Asian Like Me
Replies: 16
Views: 3046

Re: Asian Like Me

A lot of racial minority kids get told by their parents that they have to work twice as hard to get to the same place that an equivalent white kid would. TLP seems to be giving the dating-esque argument equivalent of "if only you worked harder you wouldn't be poor!" and only provides the ...
by *bird
Sun May 15, 2011 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Asian Like Me
Replies: 16
Views: 3046

Re: Asian Like Me

I think the main thing he's getting at is that being Asian doesn't automatically make you a beta male, even if an over-oppressive family atmosphere can contribute to it. Basically he's pointing out that Yang is pinning his issues on his race (which is to say: his parents, "society," expec...
by *bird
Sat May 14, 2011 1:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Asian Like Me
Replies: 16
Views: 3046

Asian Like Me

http://nymag.com/news/features/asian-americans-2011-5/index.html As a summary, Wesley Yang writes about the "Tiger Children" culture of Asian Americans and how it affects the people actually in the culture. He interviews various Asian Americans in New York and gets their experiences. In pa...
by *bird
Thu May 12, 2011 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mike Huckabee Teaches American History
Replies: 78
Views: 7273

Re: Mike Huckabee Teaches American History

JamesP wrote:If these mentally ill homeless were locked up it was probably for their, or the world at large's safety. Letting them onto the streets is probably not a good thing.


Not a good assumption. Homosexuality was considered a mental illness (as in it was in the DSM) as recently as 1973.
by *bird
Tue May 10, 2011 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK
Replies: 97
Views: 9771

Re: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK

I'm aware that it is a family issue already, but I don't think it should be. Families are already under enough pressure trying to keep the students housed and fed. Tuition should be based on the benefit it gave the student (hence, graduate tax). Doing so removes the incentive to take the jobs that ...
by *bird
Tue May 10, 2011 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2 imams pulled from plane heading to North Carolina
Replies: 59
Views: 6940

Re: 2 imams pulled from plane heading to North Carolina

So far as I recall, neither are the majority of Muslims. Quite right, but in recent times the saying 'not all Muslims are suicide bombers, but the vast majority of suicide bombers are Muslim' does hold true. The vast majority of the Muslim community does condone and condemn these actions; it really...
by *bird
Tue May 10, 2011 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 32264

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

Interesting that women are only supposed to have female role models, and men are only supposed to have male role models. For that matter, black and white role models are strictly segregated too, at least for men. Basic Human Decency always seeks to widen the divisions between groups - and calls thi...
by *bird
Mon May 09, 2011 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 32264

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

It should be noted that most of these women were collaborating with men who deserve much of the credit. Meitner collaborated with her nephew, Otto R. Frisch, who had some of the crucial insights in conceiving and explaining fission. (He also was the first to propose a specific mechanism for creatin...
by *bird
Wed May 04, 2011 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape
Replies: 254
Views: 23173

Re: The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape

Accidental pregnancies are something you should feel bad about, but not redeem yourself for. Who should feel bad for them? Only the woman who's pregnant even though more than one person actually contributed to said accident? Even when they took all the necessary precautions? Even when the default p...
by *bird
Wed May 04, 2011 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape
Replies: 254
Views: 23173

Re: The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape

Accidental pregnancies are something you should feel bad about, but not redeem yourself for. Who should feel bad for them? Only the woman who's pregnant even though more than one person actually contributed to said accident? Even when they took all the necessary precautions? Even when the default p...
by *bird
Wed May 04, 2011 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape
Replies: 254
Views: 23173

Re: The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape

The day that their legislation has specific provisions for even protecting the life of the mother is the day that I'll believe pro-life representatives believe in protecting anything but unborn humans. You mean, like, the Hyde Amendment? None of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be expend...
by *bird
Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another Article about the Education Bubble
Replies: 79
Views: 7369

Re: Another Article about the Education Bubble

*This has long been a goal of the labor movement, since a decline in the supply of labor means an increase in the price. But for most people, the sooner you start working, the better off you are. Minimum wage laws and child labor laws both exist not to protect the poor or children, but people whose...
by *bird
Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ sales
Replies: 94
Views: 11066

Re: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ s

Then, of course, one can make appeals to liquidity and freedom, but it hardly seems necessary. Someone who sells their kidney can use the money to start a business or go to college or make some other improvement to their life. They wouldn't do it if they didn't think it was worth it, and once the b...
by *bird
Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:
Replies: 134
Views: 15190

Re: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:

Uh, yeah, we said that Japan would be dominant in the 90s as well. How's that outlook doing? It may that I drive a Japanese car, I play my Japanese game station on my Japanese TV. But what do I know? I was only in elementary school in the 90's when there were Japanese cartoons all over the TV It's ...
by *bird
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Krugman on Texas; Sailer on Krugman
Replies: 42
Views: 4439

Re: Krugman on Texas; Sailer on Krugman

Aside from the whole fact that graduation rates and test scores aren't the same thing, my question about the Sailer article is: why would you separate the races when talking about a state wide education system in the first place? It seems to me like the argument is that non-whites are stupid, so we...
by *bird
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:
Replies: 134
Views: 15190

Re: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:

The problem is, while I support scholarships based on community, I have fundamental disagreements with communities based on race. You have problems with, say, a Swedish cultural center? Civil War Reenactment Societies? Renaissance reenactments? I could go on. We already give focus in large part in ...
by *bird
Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:
Replies: 134
Views: 15190

Re: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:

2) East Asians, Southeast Asians, South Asians and Middle Easterners can't really be added together like that since majority implies a common background or identity and that certainly isn't the case. My actual point was that universities, left alone to work without any kind of affirmative action fo...
by *bird
Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 14818

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

Also, I don't like the implication made by this O'Brian fellow that people only vote Liberal because they're young and foolish. A number of conservative groups have taped interviews with college students, getting them to state such gems as "wealth should be redistributed because that's fair&qu...
by *bird
Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:
Replies: 134
Views: 15190

Re: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? LOL

That said, I think that the entire infrastructure of paying for higher education in the United States is profoundly fucked up in general , to the point that race plays only a tiny part in the real problem. A lot of the problems in advancement and education racially actually have to do with what hap...
by *bird
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women are no longer discriminated in science?
Replies: 54
Views: 5269

Re: Women are no longer discriminated in science?

Looking at the maternity and paternity in some other countries, we're getting pretty screwed. Granted, we're not socialist, but getting only 12 weeks unpaid when some other countries guarantee a year paid at least partially, just doesn't seem quite right. Other countries probably also have more of ...
by *bird
Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 33269

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

...and if we eliminated the minimum wage, we'd probably have lower unemployment too. Doesn't make it good economic policy. Actually, yes, it does. I prefer a system where workers without skills can be paid to acquire skills. The introduction and gradual raising of the minimum wage seriously hurt fi...
by *bird
Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Feminism & Egalitarianism
Replies: 111
Views: 21798

Re: Feminism & Egalitarianism

Are you familiar with the Bechdel test? I am; I don't watch movies frequently, so I can't even recall the last 10 I saw, and even if I could I wouldn't expect them to be indicative of movies as a whole. I estimate 2-8 of them passed the Bechdel test (I believe Inception did, I believe Robocop didn'...

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