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by TheStranger
Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24682

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

This is a horrible amendment. Congress is not supposed to know what is constitutional or unconstitutional. Sure, they may be able to look back on previous precedent, but that's not their job. Their job is only to legislate. A court has to make decisions regarding constitutionality. You may say that...
by TheStranger
Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36427

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

Firstly: I was under the impression that many aromatherapy oils have been shown to be effective in some ways (like tea tree being a good antifungal agent). I could be wrong. That's just herbalism, it's relatively easy to verify using the scientific method (run a chemical analysis on the components ...
by TheStranger
Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: You can't sue God..
Replies: 49
Views: 5423

Re: You can't sue God..

This guy is a state senator?

It seems like a huge waste of taxpayer money in my book... I hope the guy get's hit with the court costs.
by TheStranger
Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51074

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

I think we can do without the paranoia mongering. Hey, your average male high school teacher is going to find some of his female students attractive, yet he manages not to sleep with them, often times even when they're consenting and willing to keep it secret. I guess he's just not tempted? Pfft. A...
by TheStranger
Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Dan Abnett
Replies: 35
Views: 12293

Re: Dan Abnett

I picked up "Titanicus" yesterday. So far it's pretty good. It's a nice look at two of the lesser written about parts of the Imperium, the adaptus mechanicus and the titan legions. It's only out in hardcover though which was a hard $25 pill to swallow. I think my Iron Snakes hardcover was...
by TheStranger
Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51074

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

I have met many who think homosexuality is a disorder that can be cured. How would you classify paedofilia? Because it strikes me as a good candidate for a psychological disorder. Jailing this guy would be going way to far in my book, as he has yet (apparently) to have broken any laws. What this sh...
by TheStranger
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51074

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

What makes you think the psychological aspects to paedophilia are any different then homosexuality? The only problem with paedophilia is that there is no real way for the child to give consent, thus it's inherently wrong and abusive to ever commit such an act. And you can't really be addicted to so...
by TheStranger
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In the World's Eye...Obama wins? (Reader's Digest)
Replies: 99
Views: 10521

Re: In the World's Eye...Obama wins? (Reader's Digest)

To the best of my knowledge, all US presidents so far have looked after the interest of the people in the US first of all. However, this can be achieved with or without alienating the rest of the world. If the rest of the world likes the president, his job will be easier. For example, if President ...
by TheStranger
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51074

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

mrandrewv wrote:Well I see what you mean, but I also get his point.

I think he is saying that he wishes there was no stigma attached to the ADMISSION of the problem, but only on giving in to the problem.

Dunno if that makes sense...


A better analogy would be drug use... or some other addiction.
by TheStranger
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 51074

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

I'm not sure about some of his language use... Nevertheless, I wish it did not have to be this way. I wish it were no different than admitting to being homosexual, in light of the increasing amount of tolerance thereof. This isn't an orientation... it is a psychological disorder. It's not 'coming ou...
by TheStranger
Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In the World's Eye...Obama wins? (Reader's Digest)
Replies: 99
Views: 10521

Re: In the World's Eye...Obama wins? (Reader's Digest)

So you don't think the interests of the people in the US are best served by having the final say in world economic policies or by being the most powerful nation in the world? Global issues affect the US and the US affects global issues. Certainly vote for the candidate who represents your interests...
by TheStranger
Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In the World's Eye...Obama wins? (Reader's Digest)
Replies: 99
Views: 10521

Re: In the World's Eye...Obama wins? (Reader's Digest)

Considering that the president of the US's job is to look out for the interests of people in the US I don't see how this opinion is "that" important. When I vote I look to a candidate who will represent my interests, not those of someone from another country (which makes high marks from ot...
by TheStranger
Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the government regulate marriage?
Replies: 51
Views: 4610

Re: Should the government regulate marriage?

That is the religious groups prerogative. I'd also think that even if she had a civil union that the group (congregation? I'm not sure what that's called in the Hindu faith) would still have kicked her out... since most religious groups don't go in for the whole 'cohabitation' bit. At least in the ...
by TheStranger
Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the government regulate marriage?
Replies: 51
Views: 4610

Re: Should the government regulate marriage?

Here is the problem with your argument. I am not the one confusing religious and civil marriages in the US. It is the religious people who want to get married, and the churches that say they can not. One of my friends mothers (a hindu) got married civilly, but not religiously, after her husband die...
by TheStranger
Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the government regulate marriage?
Replies: 51
Views: 4610

Re: Should the government regulate marriage?

Your post sort of assumes that all families could potentially get married easily. If this were the case, your arguments would be sound, but there are many times in which it is not. For example: I think that you are confusing the notion of a civil marriage with a religious one. The first is one that...
by TheStranger
Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the government regulate marriage?
Replies: 51
Views: 4610

Re: Should the government regulate marriage?

And a policy that gives money to married couples is 'marriagist' (not a real word but you get the idea). We are discriminating against unmarried families because married ones are statistically better. No different than discriminating against blacks because whites are statistically better Both are w...
by TheStranger
Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the government regulate marriage?
Replies: 51
Views: 4610

Re: Should the government regulate marriage?

This is fallacious. You are doing several illegal operations here. The most obvious is that you affirm the consequent. However, without seeing your reasoning it is not possible to determine exactly which fallacies lead to this. In short, Gunfingers was arguing that the reason why marriages are more...
by TheStranger
Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meditations on $700 billion
Replies: 100
Views: 12848

Re: Meditations on $700 billion

I'm not interested in government regulation of those either, and this is why. The idiot banks that give stupid loans go under and should be allowed to? Unless it was those policies / regulations that led to the banks making those bad loans? Are there other uses for the 700B? Sure... but I don't wan...
by TheStranger
Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Questions about society and knowledge
Replies: 34
Views: 4479

Re: Questions about society and knowledge

What level of efficiency (as in, about what percent of knowledge and/or mastery) in arts, sciences, etc. is expected from the individual in these societies, at certain points in his/her life (adulthood for instance) I don't think there is a great deal of expectation with regards to art. Scientific ...
by TheStranger
Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does atheism inspire "good" works like religion claims to?
Replies: 83
Views: 7117

Re: Does atheism inspire "good" works like religion does?

Actually, Hitler was a Roman Catholic. In his writings, he makes references to God, and there are references to God within the Nazi party. I'm not going to look it up until I get home at which point I'll probably ninja it in, but I believe the SS motto explicitly mentioned God, and Hitler mentions ...
by TheStranger
Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does atheism inspire "good" works like religion claims to?
Replies: 83
Views: 7117

Re: Does atheism inspire "good" works like religion does?

In terms of pure evil, communist atheists in China and Russia each killed more than Hitler's Holocaust. Wasn't Hitlers Holocaust an "atheist" ideology against religious groups (among others). That being said, atheism is a negative belief... most atheists don't go around with "hey I d...
by TheStranger
Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Future of Humankind (merged threads)
Replies: 64
Views: 6928

Re: The Future of Humankind

Star Trek definitely drops the ball with regards to what it's technology vs. what it could be... even the holodeck technology is massively underused.

If you want to talk crazy post-human future in fiction then look to Dan Simmions work.
by TheStranger
Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama releases science plan, endorsed by 61 Nobel Laureates
Replies: 64
Views: 5874

Re: Obama releases science plan, endorsed by 61 Nobel Laureates

All but the last one are good specific ideas... but that last one loses me (generic political speak in my book).
by TheStranger
Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: American Financial situation
Replies: 158
Views: 9768

Re: American Financial situation

Without hard numbers there is no way to tell how many of these bad loans were the result of predatory lending practices or from government policies that 'encouraged' higher risk loans.
by TheStranger
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: They tried to overhaul Fannie/Freddie regulation in 2003
Replies: 9
Views: 1206

Re: They tried to overhaul Fannie/Freddie regulation in 2003

Both sides have <insert generic sports metaphor> on this one. It is my belief that one of the instigators of this whole issue was the push by the government to give homes to more people... regardless of their ability to pay for it. It was those mandates that opened the door for this. Now that's not ...
by TheStranger
Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 10921

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

Maskirovka wrote:Marcy Kapture 4 prez

Honestly I'd rather be jobless and whatever for a while and let the economy collapse than continue on this path of retardedness.


except for the piles of corpses that might be interesting.

An interesting breakdown of how the bailout could actually work.
by TheStranger
Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout
Replies: 112
Views: 10921

Re: Paulson's 700$ Billion Bailout

Given the size and the risk involved every action by this bailout should be put under a microscope... 'ell an electron microscope.

Thankfully the Democrats seem to be opposed to just handing Paulson a 700B check. They are asking for oversight and legal review of the bailouts actions. link
by TheStranger
Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why are gay people so gay?
Replies: 62
Views: 6042

Re: Why are gay people so gay?

With obvious exception of the one about which we speak. Although I lack actual statistics, my guess would be that homosexuality has actually grown and developed as rapidly as you would have assumed any other minority would have become extinct. My point was that since homosexuals are a minority it i...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why are gay people so gay?
Replies: 62
Views: 6042

Re: Why are gay people so gay?

A question I might pose for you would be -- why are you NOT homosexual? Answering logically should give you some insight. Logically speaking it makes a level of sense that homosexuality represents a minority, as any species where it was a majority would rather rapidly become extinct. The question a...
by TheStranger
Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Long term political character assasination
Replies: 8
Views: 1583

Re: Long term political character assasination

Indeed. I assume you meant "winning the war" in an ironic way? The US military was winning on the battlefield, I would agree, but it has lost legitimacy in the eyes of the Vietnamese people, and so lost the the main theatre of the war. Death counts matter little in guerrilla warfare, afte...
by TheStranger
Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of the current financial crisis - cultural?
Replies: 36
Views: 3461

Re: The cause of the current financial crisis - cultural?

Why not have wind power in San Francisco, hydroelectric power in Sacramento (with the rivers,) and Solar power running L.A.? Sure, there won't be _OIL_ to answer every cities heating and air problems, but if we can harness free energy to power non-mobile consumption units, that seems to make more s...
by TheStranger
Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6563

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

I explained that earlier in this thread. As one example of an 'interest-free' banking method, rather than interest, a one-time fee is added to the amount the loan pays back. Provided the loan is paid back in a timely manner, the loan is still profitable. Wouldn't the fee on a sizable loan (say a ho...
by TheStranger
Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6563

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

Okay, I'll be honest. What do companies like Lehman Brothers and AIG actually do? Primarily insurance (life insurance and auto insurance) for AIG. I believe that their problems came from using the sub-prime mortgages as backing against their securities. No need to invoke socialism at the first inst...
by TheStranger
Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of the current financial crisis - cultural?
Replies: 36
Views: 3461

Re: The cause of the current financial crisis - cultural?

I just hope Shell and Chevron are investing in those energy technologies with all the money they've made. Their commercials are claiming this is the case. Well, they have enough patents they've accumulated over the years to make good on that promise. Well it should be noted that the company that fi...
by TheStranger
Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The cause of the current financial crisis - cultural?
Replies: 36
Views: 3461

Re: The cause of the current financial crisis - cultural?

Gas companies have been making record _profits_ the last two years. Not record REVENUE, as in the money they take in irregardless of costs. They are getting more PROFIT, Revenue divided by cost. Meaning that if cost has gone up, the revenue has gone up MORE than the cost of oil, dramatically more. ...
by TheStranger
Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bolivia, Honduras, Venezuela expel U.S. ambassadors
Replies: 14
Views: 1728

Re: Bolivia, Honduras, Venezuela expel U.S. ambassadors

Thadlerian wrote:Or to Norway, another country with nationalized natural resources.


Even that is enough to make the current owners nervous, unless the government is willing to pay the full fair market value for what they are nationalizing.
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bolivia, Honduras, Venezuela expel U.S. ambassadors
Replies: 14
Views: 1728

Re: Bolivia, Honduras, Venezuela expel U.S. ambassadors

In a sense I can understand the oppositions fear... they only have to look to Zimbabwe to see what the possible outcome of this process could be.
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6563

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

Anyway, you're still arguing FOR the system from WITHIN the system. Insulting me and telling me to join a Buddhist monastery or whatever isn't really an effective argument. If you want to say "that's not how the world works", that's fine. Simplistic, but fine. Anyway, "good for the l...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...
Replies: 89
Views: 6563

Re: A Very good documentury on how the global economy works...

You keep asking for a country that's a free democracy that uses a different economic model. For one, you're just throwing that out as a straw man. That's the point, there isn't one. Humanity hasn't been able to adopt a system for the greater good because we're all selfish. However, academically, th...
by TheStranger
Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Long term political character assasination
Replies: 8
Views: 1583

Re: Long term political character assasination

A few years out in the wildnerness might do wonders for the Republican brand name. This is very true... the Republican party is in dire need of a good cleaning out so that they can become a party that is ACTUALLY different, rather then slightly different (we'll cut funding to democratic program X a...

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