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by engr
Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another case of "fired over Facebook post"
Replies: 117
Views: 14553

Another case of "fired over Facebook post"

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/judge_paterson_teachers_facebo.html A teacher in New Jersey has a group of students keeping disrupting her class. Finally, one of these students hits her. She does not hit the student, or uses any physical restraint. She does not talk back to the student. Doe...
by engr
Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development
Replies: 285
Views: 23084

Re: IAEA report on Iranian nuclear weapon development

Jahoclave wrote:After all, there's kind of a difference between aiding disparate groups who are fighting for political autonomy against a state and actively engaging in the destruction of that state.

Except it's more like "aiding groups who are actively engaging in the destruction of that state".
by engr
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 243255

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

I don't care if they demanded water or if they are Obama fans or not. No one seems to notice the sentence I highlighted - that the police doesn't want to look for author's assaulter in the OWS crowd to avoid risking "causing a riot". You know, the evil police who's always looking for escal...
by engr
Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 243255

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

I don't think this has been posted here yet. I was taking pictures when a muscular young man told me to stop. I don't like to be told what to do so I answered something along the lines of, "C'mon, it's a public park." Apparently, he didn't care to discuss it further, so took a swing at me...
by engr
Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 566198

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

The Ukrainians, much like the Palestinians, foolishly tried to win self-determination through the democratic process By Palestinians' democratic process you mean massacring the Jews in Palestine before Israel was even created? Or do you mean rioting against British - not to get independence, but to...
by engr
Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 566198

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Are you arguing that no one lived here when Israel took it over? Ah, it's that collection of maps again. I like how the authors change the definition of "Palestinian" and "Israeli" land for each map to fit their agenda. First map: there was no Arab or Jewish state, just British ...
by engr
Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 566198

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

yedidyak wrote:On a slightly lighter note - a screenshot from Haaretz's opinion column:


Wow, "Haaretz" is getting more and more leftist.
by engr
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 42322

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

ManaUser wrote:
CorruptUser wrote:The primary language difference I agree with Brits about is "aluminium", as all other recent elements end in "ium". No one says "Helum", "Sodum", "Uranum", "Lithum", and so on.

And platinium?

...and my favourite, Lanthanium.
by engr
Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:20 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Technical skills for Engineering
Replies: 14
Views: 3778

Re: Technical skills for Engineering

If you have an opportunity to learn any machining skills, by all means do it. It can help you during your studies, it can help you to get a job, it can help you to do that job well. First of all, I believe that a mechanical engineer should (maybe even must) have hands-on machining experience to avoi...
by engr
Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:00 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What is the deal with medical schools and community college?
Replies: 13
Views: 4834

Re: What is the deal with medical schools and community coll

A friend of mine (who is a former physics teacher turned engineering student) told me once that he would rather take whatever classes he can at the community college because instruction quality may be better there. His reasoning: instructors at CCs actually want to teach, unlike many college profess...
by engr
Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!
Replies: 88
Views: 11452

Re: A decent meal before execution? No more of that!

Can't remember the source, but I think the cost of last meal, at least in some states, is limited to $25 or so, which is why it is usually not an issue (especially considering how few offenders are actually being executed in the US). I don't have a problem either way. Edited: Never mind, Decker alre...
by engr
Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death
Replies: 44
Views: 8198

Re: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death

To riff off of a theme I pointed out in another thread: your solution to the problem "jail is not fixing the problem" seems to be an unquestioned "moar jail!" Arrian is right, I was talking more along the lines of more capital punishment. That being said, "more jail" i...
by engr
Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10701

Re: Physical force in schools makes a comeback

None of these nations grant any substantial civic advantages to serving. The only countries that installed a system even remotely similar were those of the Eastern Bloc, where not serving was a quasi-automatic exclusion from standing for office or matriculating at a university. Personally, I would ...
by engr
Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:35 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reactions to your Major
Replies: 344
Views: 61870

Re: Reactions to your Major

I'm an Environmental Health major. When I tell people, their reactions are usually along the lines of "Oooh cool! You save trees!" Imagine the responses you would get if you majored in health physics. I only learned what it was during my senior year when I was taking an introductory nucle...
by engr
Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10701

Re: Corporal punishment in schools makes a comeback

wait... you mean the society where you couldn't vote, weren't considered an actual citizen or even have kids unless you first served in the military? Are you sure about the "having kids" part? If I remember that book correctly, the main character's father only entered the military after h...
by engr
Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:55 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you looked down on for not having a job in college?
Replies: 22
Views: 6157

Re: Are you looked down on for not having a job in college?

It's not being looked down upon per se that you should worry about, it's your prospects of getting a job after graduation. If you graduate with having only non-related (fast food, retail, etc.) job experience, that already places you in a bad position since you have to compete with people who had in...
by engr
Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10701

Re: Corporal punishment in schools makes a comeback

No my point is that facism (well a sort of strict militarism that is traditionally associated with facism, at least) is literally what resulted in the book, it's really not a good example (even leaving aside it being fiction) since the corporal punishment is used to promote and maintain something t...
by engr
Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10701

Re: Corporal punishment in schools makes a comeback

Glass Fractal wrote:So to sum up: Corporal punishment will lead to fascism.


If being able to walk through a park at night without fear of being mugged (or worse) is fascism... I guess I am a fascist.
by engr
Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10701

Re: Corporal punishment in schools makes a comeback

I think this quote from Heinlein has never been more appropriate :) Mr. Dubois was talking about the disorders that preceded the breakup of the North American republic, back in the XXth century. According to him, there was a time just before they went down the drain when such crimes as Dillinger’s [...
by engr
Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physical force in schools makes a comeback
Replies: 67
Views: 10701

Physical force in schools makes a comeback

...in British schools. Or, at least, it may make a comeback. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/sep/01/michael-gove-physical-force-schools Ministers are scrapping a requirement for teachers to record instances when they use physical force, as part of a wider move to "restore adult authorit...
by engr
Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 8139

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

CorruptUser wrote:I can do it too, engr.

Uh. Have you read the article you posted? That was a direct quote from it.
by engr
Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 8139

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

CorruptUser wrote:Stigmatizing and stereotyping minor-attracted people inflames the fears of minor-attracted people

So now there is a Basically Decent term for pedophiles so they don't get offended. Isn't that cute.
by engr
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:53 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much are you paying for books this semester?
Replies: 59
Views: 29814

Re: How much are you paying for books this semester?

I'm in grad school and will only be taking 2 classes this fall. Only one of them requires a book, which I luckily was able to buy used.
Now, 5 years ago, during my freshman year... :shivers:
by engr
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tottenham Riots
Replies: 261
Views: 33177

Re: Tottenham Riots

Are you honestly trying to make a moral equivalence between Britain and Libya? Britain is not quite there yet since British rioters aren't as well armed as Libyan ones and British haven't started to shoot the rioters yet (which I honestly believe they should. If you torch houses and throw molotovs ...
by engr
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tottenham Riots
Replies: 261
Views: 33177

Re: Tottenham Riots

CorruptUser wrote:Libya was a civil war (or so we were told).

One man's riot is another man's civil war.

Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
by engr
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tottenham Riots
Replies: 261
Views: 33177

Re: Tottenham Riots

Yeah, we should totally check the female rioters' hymens to make sure they are virgins! And fire on the rioters with live ammunition! No, we should declare British government illegitimate, establish a no-fly zone and bomb the crap out of London to support those brave English freedom fighters. And i...
by engr
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tottenham Riots
Replies: 261
Views: 33177

Re: Tottenham Riots

The Libyan and Iranian newspapers have been predictably hysterical. Their responses were examples of excellent, high quality trolling. They basically called Western countries out on their hypocrisy (aka "rioters in countries we don't like = freedom fighters, let's bomb their illegitimate gover...
by engr
Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tottenham Riots
Replies: 261
Views: 33177

Re: Tottenham Riots

Thesh wrote:Pissed at the police? Burn a bus and some guys shop! That will certainly solve everything.


Well, this tactic certainly worked pretty well in LA, Detroit, Paris... Oh wait, it didn't.
by engr
Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death
Replies: 44
Views: 8198

Re: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death

Yeah, but who's advocating letting them go? Especially for repeat crimes? Obviously, there are not many of those who say frankly "murderers and rapists should be set free". But the fact is, under current system in the US an average rapist only serves 5.4 years in prison and an average mur...
by engr
Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death
Replies: 44
Views: 8198

Re: Six cops beat schizophrenic homeless man to death

I think of the reasons that the USA suffers so much more from police brutality than other Western nations is, well, to put it bluntly, that you are a nation of sadistic sociopaths whose first impulse upon being confronted with a crime is to make the perpetrators suffer . I will rather live among &q...
by engr
Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Swedish guy attempts to build fission reactor in his kitchen
Replies: 35
Views: 6815

Re: Swedish guy attempts to build fission reactor in his kit

poxic wrote:That is several kinds of awesome, and also several kinds of stupid. The two are frequently associated.


"My husband is an engineer, and you know how they are - really booksmart but have no common sense whatsoever" (c)one random lady I met.
by engr
Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Swedish guy attempts to build fission reactor in his kitchen
Replies: 35
Views: 6815

Re: Swedish guy attempts to build fission reactor in his kit

J the Ninja wrote:When he asked the Swedish radiation authorities about if this was legal or not, they arrested him

Duh. Either ask questions like these before doing stuff or don't ask at all.
by engr
Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
Replies: 10
Views: 4204

Re: The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)

They no longer give the final score right away? And the official scores are in November?! Holy crap...
by engr
Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 38738

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

If you'll permit me to go all left-wing for a moment, it's a bit sad that paying back other countries and banks (the main holders of US debt) is more important than paying federal employees, medicare, the army, or any of the rest of the Government's commitments. That actually sounds right-wingish. ...
by engr
Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Paying for College
Replies: 32
Views: 5375

Re: Paying for College

My ideas of US financial aid system were very different from what I actually saw during my 5 undergrad years. I was told that basically if you are a good student you will get aid. Yeah right. When I graduated from HS in the US, I had a 4.0 GPA, but I also was not a US citizen or even a permanent res...
by engr
Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 54058

Re: 0914: "Ice"

baralong wrote:I get the "woke up in a bath tub of kidneys with his ice missing" bit, but what does the "Welcome to the AAA Club!" mean?

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/aidsmary.asp
by engr
Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In Defense of Flogging
Replies: 35
Views: 6285

Re: In Defense of Flogging

and most people would happily accept corporal punishment over jail time if they were given the option. Hence, this will be a less effective deterrent (and I doubt flogging will "reform"anyone, so deterrent is really the only effect is has). People who argue that corporal punishment is les...
by engr
Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kuwaiti woman politician calls to legalize sex slavery
Replies: 41
Views: 6234

Re: Kuwaiti woman politician calls to legalize sex slavery

Роберт wrote:Daily Mail?


There are plenty of other sources if you don't like this one.

Kuwait Times
Al Arabiya
RussiaToday
International Business Times
by engr
Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kuwaiti woman politician calls to legalize sex slavery
Replies: 41
Views: 6234

Kuwaiti woman politician calls to legalize sex slavery

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2000292/Men-allowed-sex-slaves-female-prisoners-job--WOMAN-politician-Kuwait.html?ito=feeds-newsxml A Kuwaiti woman who once ran for parliament has called for sex slavery to be legalised - and suggested that non-Muslim prisoners from war-torn countries would m...
by engr
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CEO of PayPal pays students $100K to NOT attend college
Replies: 61
Views: 6279

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

http://www.fastweb.com/student-life/articles/3146-paypal-ceo-pays-students-100k-to-quit-college A survey conducted by Fastweb of our 16-year-old members revealed that 78% of teenagers would still go to college even if they knew they would be a millionaire without a college education. But is that rea...

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