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by paulisa
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4876
Views: 748224

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Interestingly, France just laughs its ass off every time there's a problem with the Russian natural gas lines, because they are almost fully nuclear. I'm actually convinced that most of the anti-nuclear movement is actually Russian front groups, because they'd be foolish not to try to eliminate nuc...
by paulisa
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 924740

Re: Trump presidency

I know I'm kinda late to the party, but to me the concept that a business - an economic entity that involves people but is not human - can have a religous belief (and be protected in that belief) is mind boggling, bordering on absurd. But I know that attitudes in the USA are different, so I'm findin...
by paulisa
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 924740

Re: Trump presidency

This man's case brings up a separate issue I'd like to ask you all about. Maybe this isn't quite the right topic thread for it, but I'll ask anyways. This man was charged for voting in two separate states. He claims he only voted on local issues and not national issues. My thought is, why shouldn't...
by paulisa
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: do you think all railroad crossings should be replaced with overpasses?
Replies: 15
Views: 5787

Re: do you think all railroad crossings should be replaced with overpasses?

Closing pedestrian-only level crossings is a wonderful illustration of "why we can't have nice things." Pedestrians and other traffic that is solely muscle-powered is impacted most severely by detours, so closing pedestrian crossings can cause people to take a car to destinations that they...
by paulisa
Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I haven't used proper nail polish remover in years, and I seldom wear nail polish and never with a top coat, so take this with a grain of salt. When I use lab acetone to remove nail polish, I wipe a bit of it over every nail and let it sit for a second or two before I mechanically remove the polish ...
by paulisa
Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 46153

Re: Mars Colonization Thread

OT: lighter than air balloons: I'm wondering if you could have a Nitrogen / Hydrogen mix, that wouldn't be as explosive however. (N2 + 3H2 -> 2NH3, H2 reacts with everything , but if you could prevent (or mitigate) the O2 explosion, maybe it'd be safer?) Yeah, that's ...
by paulisa
Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I have a dresscode-question for all the knowledgable ladies here, since I'm not good with subtle distinctions in this area. I was recently confronted with the problem of dressing for a presentation in an all-male environment, where the dresscode was not known to me in advance. So I decided to go con...
by paulisa
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Right to Record
Replies: 72
Views: 25410

Re: The Right to Record

I am deeply uncomfortable with this kind of extrapolation. Being observed and being recorded are not the same thing, or people would not want to record anyway. Not really. Memory is a recording device too. It's simply an unreliable recording device. So every time you are being observed but are coun...
by paulisa
Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So I heard you like youth unemployment...
Replies: 41
Views: 10784

Re: So I heard you like youth unemployment...

To clear up a little misunderstanding from further up, Germany kinda-sorta has a minimum wage. What it in fact has is minimum wages for sectors, which are negotiated by representatives of the workers (usually unions) and the employers of the sector. The contract usually also sets things such as allo...
by paulisa
Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4876
Views: 748224

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Not quite as dark as some of the previous news, but very strange to me: 6 minutes a day for bathroom breaks? I can imagine that some people "misuse" the toilet facilities to get an extra break, but if the overall productivity of a worker is suitable then it's the workers business how long ...
by paulisa
Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37836

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

Aside concerning food labeling: It seems weird to me to only state the amounts per serving, since the assumed serving size of these two products are very different. In Europe (usually, I think), nutrient content is given "per serving" as well als "per 100g/ml", which make...
by paulisa
Sat May 31, 2014 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can (and should) judicial punishment benefit society
Replies: 97
Views: 24124

Re: Can (and should) judicial punishment benefit society

The stuff about scrapping offenders cars is rather silly, and I suspect that's why no one else has mentioned it. Ownership and possession are two different things. I don't have a drivers licence, but there's nothing stopping me from owning 50 cars if I have the space for them. I'm only f...
by paulisa
Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Exporting Dirty Industries Export Pollution Back to US
Replies: 11
Views: 3984

Re: Exporting Dirty Industries Export Pollution Back to US

Not knowing anything about the newspapers involved, I'll just post the links and ask the forumites to evaluate the sources: British sovereignty ‘at risk’ from EU-US trade deal: UK in danger of surrendering judicial independence to multinational corporations, warn activists No Fracking Way: How Compa...
by paulisa
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Exporting Dirty Industries Export Pollution Back to US
Replies: 11
Views: 3984

Re: Exporting Dirty Industries Export Pollution Back to US

Well, with things like the transatlantic FTA, hopefully we can bring down the price of manufacturing in the west low enough that evading pollution controls costs more in tariffs than it saves. Do free trade agreements consider pollution controls? Because I thought one of the biggest failures of the...
by paulisa
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30107

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

I think the relevant wording here is "dwelling unit kitchen counter surfaces," since there are many appliances that are useful to have on the counter but not necessarily all the time. The sockets are not serving the sink but the area around it, since that is usually where most of the count...
by paulisa
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 233153

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

I had a prof who liked to reminisce amount the good old days when they would a) smoke in the lab, b) pour their VOCs down the sink, and c) throw their cigarette ends down the sink after the VOCs, sometimes resulting in a small pyrotechnics display. Romour has it that there exists a photo of an orga...
by paulisa
Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 54995

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

Just limit the people you can assign your vote to. Allow people to assign their vote to a single immediate family member (spouse, parent, sibling, or child), in a witnessed legal document like a will. In cases of total and permanent disability only. This isn't forcing that person to vote for who yo...
by paulisa
Fri May 31, 2013 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

So this is an idea that popped into my head when discussion bra sizing with my mother, who was recently shocked by the fact that cup volume is also dependent on band size... Wouldn't the most useful measurements for bras be the following: a) the band size, being the circumference of the body below t...
by paulisa
Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Woes
Replies: 22
Views: 19053

Re: Tea Woes

Since I also noticed this "skin" on top of my teas, even when using high-quality teas, I decided to experiment. I found that this skin does not form when using deionised water, but also forms in a saucepan if the water is boiled and then left to cool. So I guess it's just some salts that p...
by paulisa
Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food ideas for those that live/cook alone
Replies: 18
Views: 8766

Re: Food ideas for those that live/cook alone

My standby when I'm not feeling up to doing anything much is still pasta, though a lot less since I've actually started taking my lunch break at work. I like cooking large amounts on Sundays and freezing it, so that's what I often take to work for lunch and I can pretty much choose what I feel like ...
by paulisa
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Thank you both very much, I guess I'll stick to my current doctor unless something weird crops up. I was worried about the hCG-diet because my mother is on it at the moment, and she tends to not evaluating methods and medicines in general, and the doctor's website was very much like advertising, tha...
by paulisa
Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

My mother lately advised me to go to a new gyno, who specialises in hormonal abnormalities (I probably have PCOS, but not my last gyno said that if I don't want to use hormonal BC at all it's not worth testing). I looked at his website and am getting distrustful, because he mainly offers hormonal an...
by paulisa
Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 66430

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Just because people have also made it a religious principal does not change the fact that there are good, non-religious arguments for it. What differentiates a religious argument from a non-religious one? Why is it a morally relevant distinction? A religious argument boiles down to "my god sai...
by paulisa
Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Still losing jobs, France to increase the cost of firing
Replies: 98
Views: 11420

Re: Still losing jobs, France to increase the cost of firing

I'm no big fan of Rand, but shit like this makes me think that Atlas Shrugged really does have lessons for the real world... Acting like the economy is some static machine instead of an dynamic organic set of process that involve creative destruction that requires flexible labor markets, will certa...
by paulisa
Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I got flashed in the middle of the day once: I was walking down a large street with two huge bags of clothes and one of two guys walking the other way suddenly pulls the waistband of his sweatpants down and starts jumping around to make his dick bounce. I could hardly keep walking with a straight fa...
by paulisa
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32848

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

To me as a non-american, the statement "Drinking a soda is normal" is amazingly amusing. offensive: fucking *water* is normal, and most people would be very happy if they had some Yeah, that doesn't add much to the discussion, but I don't really have an opinion on the idea. I guess it does...
by paulisa
Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Makeup 101
Replies: 137
Views: 51748

Re: Makeup 101

Re: eyeliner on the waterline I can do eyeliner on the waterline of the bottom lid just fine, but the waterline doesn't go right to the inner corner so I tend to not line that part. I think it doesn't look too bad that way. What I just cannot manage is doing anything to the waterline of my top lid. ...
by paulisa
Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living alone: anecdotes and such
Replies: 69
Views: 13736

Re: Living alone: anecdotes and such

I like living alone for many reasons. First, all mess in my flat is *my* mess, and I don't have to justify it to anyone. This is important to me because my mother used to exaggerate wildly when trying to get me to put stuff away, saying stuff like "this is lying here for a week" when it wa...
by paulisa
Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The War on Women
Replies: 96
Views: 17409

Re: Ongoing attacks on modern medicine, and half of all peop

And I'm still trying to figure out who would be best to write to in order to remind folks that doctors who knowingly mislead their patients are still dangerous criminals. This kind of stuff makes me wonder what kind of world these people live in. Sure, as a pinko commie european I can never underst...
by paulisa
Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.



rant:

Spoiler:
fucking SI-units, ever heard of them? I guess only imperial women have bodyshapes.
by paulisa
Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Gardening Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 9933

Re: The Gardening Thread

I have a balcony on which I fully intend to plant strawberries this year. I also have a peppermint in a pot (which is a devil for lice, so I might throw it out) and a year-old oleander cutting from my parent's garden. In abour four years it should be blooming, and in ten it will be too big to carry ...
by paulisa
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Thank you, that was what I was looking for. I must have remembered it wrong when I thought contraception was mentioned. I guess it would be relatively trivial to work out a cummulative chance of pregnancy with contraception, but it's way too early in the morning and statistics was way too long ago.
by paulisa
Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Does anyone remember a calculation of the cummulative risk of an unplanned pregnancy in the life of a woman using contraception? I think it came up in one of the abortion threads but I can't remember, and I think the answer was somewhere around 1.2 unplanned pregnancies. So now I'm in a debate about...
by paulisa
Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I find the cup easier to insert than tampons, especially easier than changing tampons because I was usually rather dry after taking a tampon out. With the cup, I sometimes wet the rim with water or lube, but mostly it slides in without trouble. However, figuring out how to fold it and in what positi...
by paulisa
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I Shouldn't Have To Say This
Replies: 2609
Views: 396214

Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

ISHTST: A lowered sidewalk on a corner/crossroad does not indicate a parking space. Seriously, I think that half the parking-signs and coloured lines on the floor could be done away with if people learned to fucking park sensibly. IE not on the pavement, not within 5m of a crossroad, and definitely ...
by paulisa
Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 86603

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

Well... So what? Are you seriously saying that if I sit in my bedroom, ripping a DVD onto my computer - an act that potentially breaks US law but not my own - that that should matter to me? It probably should matter to you if the US can get their hands on you and care enough to prosecute you. You v...
by paulisa
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Strangely, the black man in the photograph looks like a fairly handsome, normal chap, whereas the non-blacks look freaky. Similarly with the right-hand picture of the black woman. I noticed that, too. My guess for the cause was the cross-race effect . So I didn't mention in because I thought if I d...
by paulisa
Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 94744

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

I'm not sure the fact that physical copies can only be in one person's possession at a time really matters. There is still the very real possibility that after borrowing a copy, the individual in question does not choose to purchase a copy for themselves. The fact that the original owner couldn't m...
by paulisa
Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Thanks everyone for laying my fears to rest. Of course it's logical that both thigh size and hip width affect whether the thighs touch, but I've seen so many people writing that it's always gross that I've been wondering whether all the people I know are martians, because the vast majority has touch...
by paulisa
Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526640

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

And now for something completely different... Body issues! So I sometimes read about how people whose upper thighs touch when their feet are together are gross and fat and whatnot. This keeps bugging me, because I must be doing it wrong, but if my ankles and knees (bones) are touching when I...

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