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by engr
Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1162084

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Actually the smoke generally suffocates you to death first. But it's nice of you to bring up how dying in a fire is such a horrible death in such a sympathetic way for all the other people who die in fires. You see, I am a firefighter. Part of my duty is to rescue people from fires, even if they ar...
by engr
Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1162084

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Well, in this case, the suspect was actually actively shooting and killing people... seems like a reasonable action to me. Police officers are not people, remember? They are a gang of predominantly white heterosexual males voting Republican. Fuck them. If they weren't such cowards, they would've en...
by engr
Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1162084

Re: Police misbehavior thread

KnightExemplar wrote:But why the hell is anyone supporting Dorner?


The murderer is anti-police, pro-Democrat, pro-gay rights, pro-gun control, anti-NRA...
Why wouldn't liberals support him?

For the "this is a right-wing blog, I won't believe anything they say there" crowd: Huff Post's updated version.
by engr
Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people
Replies: 226
Views: 18558

Re: Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people

Now, a Catholic Hospital is using the argument that a fetus is not a person as a defense. Lets put aside your personal opinions of when your baby was a human vs a fetus vs a concept; do you understand why this is a rather hypocritical and ridiculous event? Suppose some left-leaning American voter p...
by engr
Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 56494

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Y'know, I'm not so sure appealing to the police as "the people who should have guns" helps your argument out all that much. I certainly know the communities I grew up in often used to pack because of the police, not inspite of them. Y'know, I wish that police, along with other emergency s...
by engr
Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 56494

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

People keep bringing up Israel as an example of a country where "everyone has guns" and yet there are no mass shootings (except by terrorists). The reality is that in Israel the gun control is way, way more strict than in the US. You can't legally own a firearm, at least a handgun, unless ...
by engr
Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 56494

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

I have been suffering with mental illness most of my life, with serious problems arising by age 8, and I was 35 when I first received a diagnose. I'm confident that if I had easy access to firearms during my adolescence that myself and many of my peers would be dead . I know that many of the people...
by engr
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lighting a Match in a Hospital
Replies: 14
Views: 3124

Re: Lighting a Match in a Hospital

Apollo 1 accident was already mentioned. There was also a similar accident in the Soviet space program. And there have been many instances all over the world where patients died (or were seriously burned) when a spark or a small open flame source caused a very rapidly progressing fire in a hyperbari...
by engr
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto
Replies: 646
Views: 85391

Re: Feminists protested MRA who spoke at U of Toronto

OK, so it seems that I made a big mistake there. Firstly and I invented some comparison of men's rights groups to the KKK. This was a shameful thing for me to do. I really thought I had read such a comment but it isn't there. So end of story I invented it. That has actually shaken me more than it s...
by engr
Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564857

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

I think for all parties, they're effectively talking points. When Israel started to build settlements after 1967 war, I believe that was one of the main ideas, to use them as talking points. The construction that is going on now, though... I think it has more to do with the fact that Israelis don't...
by engr
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564857

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

How do the pro-israeli posters here think of settlements? As I recall, most of them are against settlements. I obviously don't speak for all pro-Israeli posters here, but here's my take on it. Settlements certainly don't help, but I don't think their evacuation would make peace any closer, either. ...
by engr
Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564857

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Surely this means that rocket attacks can now be viewed as acts of war? I don't think it will change anything. Egyptians were sending fedayeen from Gaza into Israel in 1950s (an act of war from a recognized country), but Israel was still considered an aggressor in Sinai war. PLO was sending terrori...
by engr
Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564857

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

So far there have been 13 rockets launched from Gaza after the ceasefire took effect.
by engr
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564857

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

That's also a basic function of government, but obviously not the only or the primary reason to resist a blockade that turns your home into an open-air prison. That's like saying Israel was brought into existence purely to murder children. I'm glad that strategy is working well for Palestinians! Al...
by engr
Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564857

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

But at the end of the day, Hamas is willing to negotiate and Israel flatly refuses to, as you admit. So condemning Hamas for not seeking peace with Israel is both factually wrong and deeply hypocritical. What HAMAS has consistently been proposing over the years is a variation of hudna, a.k.a "...
by engr
Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177155

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

http://www.mymcr.net/articles/2012/10/31/free/doc509177080d86b328196509.txt Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was. "I'm frightened by the level ...
by engr
Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Another highschooler wondering about majors
Replies: 9
Views: 6567

Re: Another highschooler wondering about majors

I've always thought I'd be a biologist of some sort, maybe a wildlife zoologist sort of person. My dream was always to be one of the people in National Geographic who travels to rainforests and other amazing outdoorsy places and discovers frogs and tracks llamas and chases lemurs. Camping and hikin...
by engr
Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: PhD salary
Replies: 14
Views: 11524

Re: PhD salary

In my neck of woods (a state school in US, mechanical engineering department) graduate research or teaching assistants get about $1800/month; also, most of your tuition costs and most of the health insurance (90%) is covered.
by engr
Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 23215

Re: Voting Third Party.

I normally don't like to consider votes for people who can't win wasted, but if you make a protest vote, and nobody knows about it. IT WILL be a wasted vote. The whole point of a protest vote is to demonstrate something or other to the world. So, Unless you expect to ever see a figure regarding how...
by engr
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 23215

Re: Voting Third Party.

He's not running, fyi. Doesn't matter, you can still write him in. It's not like he'd have a chance of getting elected in the first place. This is a protest vote more than anything else. (Also, he interprets the constitution as it fits him. In some cases, he'll broadly interpret something (bizarrel...
by engr
Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 23215

Re: Voting Third Party.

I will most likely voting for Ron_Paul in this November. I don't like his "deregulate everything" attitude. I don't like his position on drugs. I do like his strict constitutionalism (change should be implemented the proper way, through constitutional amendments, not through unconstitution...
by engr
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564857

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Footage of "peaceful Palestinian protesters" trying to burn an Israeli border guard to death . Other guards were watching it happen from the watchtower and were ordered not to shoot at the protesters. The commanders were afraid of giving the order to shoot out of fear of being court-martia...
by engr
Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism as a civil rights movement
Replies: 570
Views: 53400

Re: Atheism as a civil rights movement

and wouldn't it be nice if people could you know...be free to be themselves instead of having to wear long sleeves because someone might be offended by something that is of EXACTLY ZERO consequence to them? It makes me chuckle a bit when people say "tattoos are just my way of expressing myself...
by engr
Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564857

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Wanna see something interesting and oddly relevant to this topic? 1. Open up Bing translator 2. On the left, type up "ופרמדיק" (means "and a paramedic" in Hebrew). 3. Put "Hebrew" and "English" into top and bottom fields. 4. Click "Translate". 5. Enj...
by engr
Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: It's all about the food
Replies: 16
Views: 9929

Re: It's all about the food

Butterscotch scone and chocolate croissant.
I do not recall having them at Pitt, but at VT they have them at some locations, and I really love both.
by engr
Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $80,000 bill for scorpion sting
Replies: 209
Views: 29413

Re: $80,000 bill for scorpion sting

I guess it depends what you mean by lack of willpower. From the mechanism you described, it seems that it is much easier to avoid getting fat in the first place. Once you are fat, yeah, you are kind of screwed. Which is what I am finding right now (my BMI places me just into the "overweight&qu...
by engr
Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $80,000 bill for scorpion sting
Replies: 209
Views: 29413

Re: $80,000 bill for scorpion sting

TANSTAFHealthcare. Not sure if sarcasm [Fry's face here] or you actually understand that nothing is free. But, I suppose I should have thought of that before being hit by that car. I mean, it's my fault that I was standing on that particular corner on that particular day. Personal responsibility, e...
by engr
Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $80,000 bill for scorpion sting
Replies: 209
Views: 29413

Re: $80,000 bill for scorpion sting

(Why does this happen every time there's a debate on US healthcare? "Durr, why should I have to pay for X condition I don't think is legit?" You already are. You're paying for that AND for someone else's condition Y that you might assume is more legitimate. The solution to this is not nec...
by engr
Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 110238

Re: Radical Feminism

If what you posted is indeed the mainstream view among third-wave feminists, then it is also off-topic for this thread, which is about radical feminism as differentiated from mainstream feminism. It's hard to discuss radical feminism if we first don't agree on what's radical and what's mainstream. ...
by engr
Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 110238

Re: Radical Feminism

No, the problem was in characterizing *all* third wave feminism as the same as this one extreme example of it. That would be like defining Christians as "violently extremist homophobes" because some people have committed religiously motivated anti-gay hate crimes. It's funny how when I po...
by engr
Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 110238

Re: Radical Feminism

Let's just say that hypothetically there's a person who is unfamiliar with the waves of feminism. How would you describe first wave to them as compared to second, third, and nth? First wave feminist: "We want the same legal rights as men." Second wave feminist: "We want to be able to...
by engr
Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 110238

Re: Radical Feminism

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:I would not describe Christina Hoff Sommers as the mainstream alternative to radical feminism.


Oh, she's definitely not mainstream. She's a dissident, a "traitor". When I say "old school", I mean old, like, first-wave feminism.
by engr
Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN blog notes that 31 states gives Rapists custody of child
Replies: 66
Views: 11093

Re: CNN blog notes that 31 states gives Rapists custody of c

What, did I just read liberals criticizing the state of Texas and the US Supreme Court for being too picky in the use of death penalty? What parallel universe is this?
by engr
Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 110238

Re: Radical Feminism

For anyone interested in criticism of radfems by a more "old-school" feminists, I highly recommend Christina Hoff Sommers' books. She defines herself as an "egalitarian" feminist, as opposed to "gender" feminists, and claims that the latter have basically hijacked the f...
by engr
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Some general academia rant
Replies: 74
Views: 49000

Re: Some general academia rant

1) University is not job training . You come to university to receive a detailed knowledge base, and the intellectual skills (research, synthesis, etc) to apply that knowledge to a broad range of careers. From my own lab, students have gone into biotech/pharma, government work, business, law, medic...
by engr
Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN blog notes that 31 states gives Rapists custody of child
Replies: 66
Views: 11093

Re: CNN blog notes that 31 states gives Rapists custody of c

On a related note, I believe there are cases where an adult female was convicted of statutory rape of a minor, and that minor had to pay her alimony...
by engr
Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School Forces Deaf 3-Year-Old To Change His Name
Replies: 58
Views: 11049

Re: School Forces Deaf 3-Year-Old To Change His Name

I was wondering if his new name will be Dick...

Yes, it's in a very bad taste, I now.
by engr
Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 3 years in prison for 1 minute demonstration (Pussy Riot)
Replies: 39
Views: 7412

Re: 3 years in prison for 1 minute demonstration (Pussy Riot

Russian Embassy in UK's official release: http://www.rusemb.org.uk/article/161 Many of those who read British press get a wrong impression that Pussy Riot band members were wrongfully detained and convicted for being against President Vladimir Putin. Regrettably, the majority of newspaper articles u...
by engr
Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 3 years in prison for 1 minute demonstration (Pussy Riot)
Replies: 39
Views: 7412

Re: 3 years in prison for 1 minute demonstration (Pussy Riot

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Pussy Riot are basically the same, and if our government shits all over terrorists, we should shut up when Russia shits all over political activists. When the government shits over terrorists and drug dealers, more power to it. When it shits over suspects by detaining the...
by engr
Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 3 years in prison for 1 minute demonstration (Pussy Riot)
Replies: 39
Views: 7412

Re: 3 years in prison for 1 minute demonstration (Pussy Riot

Finally a journalist said it: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/21/west-hypocrisy-pussy-riot The west's hypocrisy over Pussy Riot is breathtaking Our courts now jail at the drop of a headline – for stealing water or abuse sent on Twitter. So who are we to condemn Russia? Simon Jen...

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