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by Zanmanoodle
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 127458

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I admire and have taken a lot of inspiration from Rand, and actually enjoyed both Atlas Shrugged and more so the Fountainhead. I particularly admire the parts about not being pulled around by guilt. Really, I never saw it as "therefore, be an asshole" but rather "therefore, don't let ...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 55689

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

And with a simple "She's doing well" we all exhale slightly. Caring about xkcd -> caring about the creator -> the creator's surroundings/happiness.

Also, I recommend learning a musical instrument or something similar. To fill the white ?? space, that is.
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 305087

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Georgia, USA here. Chrome: Blade Runner turtle. (or Electric Sheep turtle for nitpickers) Firefox: Snake variant. IE: Earthquake to Tornado... ...although I'm a bit close to the coast for tornadoes. Hurricanes would be more appropriate. OR if we're going in why you wouldn't like it here in Statesbor...
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Che Guevara: Hero or Scum?
Replies: 88
Views: 12943

Re: Che Guevara: Hero or Scum?

Scum. next topic: us founding fathers: hero or scum? Hero scum. (Mostly hero, though.) If you're going to have a "hero scum" category", how can Guevara be non-hero scum? He was clearly heroic, arguably more than anything else. Presumably more than quite some founding fathers, whose s...
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?
Replies: 122
Views: 12330

Re: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?

Second... The definition of racism I am using is Merriam-Webster's: "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race." While the views on policy expressed by those on the far righ...
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?
Replies: 122
Views: 12330

Re: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?

Sorry, but the facts don't support your position. Racism is not just hatred of black people, nor is having a female friend a refutation of patriarchy. It is very easy to be dismissive of something at face value, but the rhetoric of both is decidedly patriarchal and decidedly in favor of white privi...
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?
Replies: 122
Views: 12330

Re: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?

Meanwhile, women and marginal groups have started to assert themselves. [...] The basic Republican rhetoric is that the liberals are destroying the American identity, which is white patriarchal christian with various degrees of self-reliant bullshit. The fact that the last Dem primary was between a...
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party wants Slavery, Genocide removed from history class
Replies: 111
Views: 12098

Re: Tea Party wants Slavery, Genocide removed from history c

Okay, so I guess the question I want to ask is why can't the Tea Party just accept the fact that their heroes did bad things and still admire them for the good things they did/stood for. Why do they have to be made into perfect, infallible messianic figures? Are they worried that their good qualiti...
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Sep 04, 2011 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Che Guevara: Hero or Scum?
Replies: 88
Views: 12943

Re: Che Guevara: Hero or Scum?

If reading too much speculative fiction has taught me anything, it's that a utopian political system is A) impossible, and B) not a utopia if you have to slaughter people to get there.

In a way, he was kind of like Sarah Palin. Looks great on a t-shirt, lots of charisma, and totally clueless.
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Sep 04, 2011 1:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party wants Slavery, Genocide removed from history class
Replies: 111
Views: 12098

Re: Tea Party wants Slavery, Genocide removed from history c

I think "*A* Tea Party..." would be a more accurate headline. The downside of having such a decentralized movement is that the crazies grab all the headlines (and thus the power). Of course, the fact that the majority of them are radically right-wing doesn't help much. That said, I don't ...
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Sep 04, 2011 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?
Replies: 122
Views: 12330

Re: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?

^ditto. Or, alternatively: "Just Bullsh*t as usual." I think there is some degree of disrespect, though it's politically motivated more than anything personal against Obama. I don't think I've ever seen such pandering to the base before. Hating Obama has become politically fashionable, whi...
by Zanmanoodle
Sun Sep 04, 2011 1:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party wants Slavery, Genocide removed from history class
Replies: 111
Views: 12098

Re: Tea Party wants Slavery, Genocide removed from history c

I think "*A* Tea Party..." would be a more accurate headline. The downside of having such a decentralized movement is that the crazies grab all the headlines (and thus the power). Of course, the fact that the majority of them are radically right-wing doesn't help much. That said, I don't t...
by Zanmanoodle
Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

I still don't think that the mentioning of his behavior is primarily an appeal to prejudices, especially considering that it has been suggested by witnesses that King's behavior was a cry for attention, which is relevant to the case itself. On top of that, the sentimentalization of his clothing cho...
by Zanmanoodle
Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

What is your issue with the sources? They're gay-related sites, but the content you're concerned with is the direct quotes they present. Should gay people be disqualified from participating in your view? Is their content any more suspect than that of heterosexuals? Are you going to sit and pretend ...
by Zanmanoodle
Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

What is your issue with the sources? They're gay-related sites, but the content you're concerned with is the direct quotes they present. Should gay people be disqualified from participating in your view? Is their content any more suspect than that of heterosexuals? Are you going to sit and pretend ...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

It gets to me that even in his undeserved death, his image is being drawn through the mud to pander to the sexual anxiety people have about gay/trans kids. That they're lustful monsters whipping their dicks around and making suggestive tongue gestures at their allegedly neutral straight victims. No...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

It gets to me that even in his undeserved death, his image is being drawn through the mud to pander to the sexual anxiety people have about gay/trans kids. That they're lustful monsters whipping their dicks around and making suggestive tongue gestures at their allegedly neutral straight victims. No...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

I have to disagree with the "maybe". It might be the defense's job to mitigate the judgement on their client, but it doesn't make it any more tasteful, because they still managed to paint Larry as the aggressor and Brandon as the poor popular kid with no choice but to shoot Larry. a) They...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

King was guilty of doing what any girl his age would. But instead of either being just rejected or flirted back with, he was crucified for it. He was rejected (or told to stop it) constantly, and he continued his advances with intent to provoke, not because he just wanted to flirt like any girl his...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

On another note, it also seems that the trend of bully-induced suicides/murders is a much more recent trend than bullying itself. One reason many be that strength and fortitude as virtue have become terribly unfashionable. Depression and anxiety are totally cool, however. They even have t-shirts! Y...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

On another note, it also seems that the trend of bully-induced suicides/murders is a much more recent trend than bullying itself. One reason many be that strength and fortitude as virtue have become terribly unfashionable. Depression and anxiety are totally cool, however. They even have t-shirts! Y...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

I don't think the cross-dressing was as much a problem as the unwanted sexual advances, which are not within the confines of free speech. Again, the school faculty should have at least advised King to stop metaphorically "wearing red in Crips territory." Why, specifically, is it not withi...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case

That's one of those sentences that can be used to justify the never-use-the-passive-voice proscription. I would very much like to know who made such...ill-advised accusations. LOL, that is a pretty terrible use of the passive voice. The passive voice has been used effectively at times 8) but not he...
by Zanmanoodle
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mistrial declared in US gay student killing case
Replies: 110
Views: 10027

Re: Gay Panic defense still alive and well.

There are so many things wrong with this. The shooter was guilty, no doubt there, and the mistrial smells strongly of BS. On the other hand, it's hard to justify any severe school discipline of the tormentors when the victim is walking up to them afterwards saying "What's up, baby?" like a...
by Zanmanoodle
Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 294469

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Tirian wrote:Even further back, Reagan joked before a radio address that he had called out a nuclear strike on Moscow without realizing that the mike was live.


Okay, that one's funny. Probably more so in retrospect since we didn't get nuked.
by Zanmanoodle
Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 7617

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

Then if I don't need therapy to control my desire to touch every breast in sight, why would a pedophile need therapy to control their urges? It follows that if they are seriously considering acting upon their desire by breaking the law, then their problem is that they are either a bad person or lac...
by Zanmanoodle
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 7617

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

But when someone desires to kill someone or molest a child as much as I desire naked boobies, they could very well be considered dangerous. Do you go around sharking every woman you see? I would hope not. You see, you have this desire to see breasts, but you choose not to act on the desire when it ...
by Zanmanoodle
Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Both Extremes
Replies: 20
Views: 3245

Re: Both Extremes

The far left would probably be communists, or Noam Chomsky, who aren't particularly well represented in American politics at all--the United States hasn't really had much of a real left-wing political movement since the 50s or 60s. It's not that the movement has disappeared, it's just been relocate...
by Zanmanoodle
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Both Extremes
Replies: 20
Views: 3245

Re: Both Extremes

By internet standards, I'm pretty damn conservative, and I frakking hate the Tea Party. Personally, I'm much closer to libertarianism, but the actual libertarian party is useless. Small Government is a legitimate ideology that I am usually behind. Unfortunately, the Tea Party seems to forget the who...
by Zanmanoodle
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 294469

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

The appropriateness of humor varies from situation to situation. Natural disasters are almost never appropriate material. Neither are terrorist attacks, unless it's after a while and at the expense of the terrorists. A good pun is usually okay sooner than most jokes. On the other hand, the "too...
by Zanmanoodle
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 7617

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

3) If a guy comes into your imaginary counseling office and tells you that they have a constant desire to go out and rape women, the first thing you think is not going to be "Aw, you poor thing." It's going to be "Stay away from my house." Then you'd be the shittiest counselor i...
by Zanmanoodle
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 7617

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

2) Comparing pedophilia to homosexuality doesn't really work, since homosexuality doesn't involve violence or the violation of a child's right to not be sexually abused. As far as the origins being similar, saying that it is genetic puts it under too large an umbrella to call it an illness or not. ...
by Zanmanoodle
Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 7617

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

A couple points. 1) As I see it, the watch-lists and sex offender registries are more about protecting potential victims than punishing the pedophiles. If someone had smallpox or leprosy, then we would quarantine them, but not out of punishment. (I know, it's a sloppy metaphor) 2) Comparing pedophil...
by Zanmanoodle
Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Most Beautiful Piece of Music
Replies: 68
Views: 21402

Re: The Most Beautiful Piece of Music

I have no one choice, really. But here goes.

This right here. When I was in high school, I went biking through a lot of paths in the woods behind my neighborhood. All of Zeppelin's acoustic folk-y work felt perfect there.
by Zanmanoodle
Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 294469

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I imagine that being president would be a living hell for him, though, because his ability to actually make the changes that he wants will be severely constrained. I think everyone of them have that problem. Probably no small part of why U.S. presidents go grey so quickly in office. I thought that ...
by Zanmanoodle
Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 294469

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I wouldn't say that Obama was president therefore he'd be great in private equity (or CEO of a pizza company), so why would the reverse be true? He'd still be better off than somebody without the experience of being president, all other things equal. Of course, that also depends on how good a presi...
by Zanmanoodle
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 294469

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

The social conservatives are getting smarter, it seems. Whenever they get into something like abstinence, marijuana legalization, or gay marriage, they preface their opinion with "Call me old fashioned, but..."
by Zanmanoodle
Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 294469

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

There's a secret to the whole the Ronpaul movement: Nobody actually agrees with more than half of what he says, but they desperately want to see the GOP head in a more libertarian direction, and he's the man to do it. That said, Huntsman and Romney are the only two candidates that are remotely quali...
by Zanmanoodle
Thu May 05, 2011 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 119516

Re: Does God Exist?

I meant to use the Bible Code as an example of coincidences creating the illusion of factual authority. The plain way to put it would be to say that the ratio of inexplicable accuracies to plain inaccuracies isn't statistically significant. Stephanie Meyers is also a Mormon. I suggest you find some ...
by Zanmanoodle
Thu May 05, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 119516

Re: Does God Exist?

The Smithsonian seems to disagree: http://irr.org/mit/smithsonian.html While I'm not debating the accuracy of the things you pointed out, there's also an entire series of Wikipedia articles dedicated to anachronisms and inaccuracies in genetics, archaeology, and geography. I know it's Wikipedia, but...

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