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by TheStranger
Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The least racist country?
Replies: 107
Views: 16368

Re: The least racist country?

The United States-- name any other non-African country where somebody of African descent has been elected president. Hell, name any other large or significant country with a head of state who's a member of a racial minority. Just because Obama got elected doesn't mean the US isn't racist anymore. I...
by TheStranger
Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The least racist country?
Replies: 107
Views: 16368

Re: The least racist country?

I think that it's generally unqualified as to which country is the 'least racist'. There are countries with high instances or racism, and low instances of racism... but among those that are low I don't see how you could qualify one as the least (just as asking which country is the most racist). This...
by TheStranger
Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Obama Science Agenda
Replies: 25
Views: 2417

Re: The Obama Science Agenda

Government funded research also covers a good amount of 'basic' research... that is research that does not have an immediate profit potential. Look at things like observatories and particle accelerators... the research that comes out of these places is highly unlikely to have any profitability attac...
by TheStranger
Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Genocide
Replies: 27
Views: 2043

Re: Definition of Genocide

Species and race exist in the same way that the borders on a map exist; they're abstract concepts we've created that have no consequence on reality beyond what we choose to enforce. Species are quite clearly defined (two animals that are able to produce viable offspring is one definition of a speci...
by TheStranger
Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLBT Group Receives Hate Mail From Alabama U Office Worker
Replies: 134
Views: 10971

Re: GLBT Group Receives Hate Mail From Alabama University

When those happen, of course. The issue is that you didn't even wait for my reply to jump to the conclusion that I was resorting to sensationalism. You just took someone else's lack of certainty and ran with it to jump the horse. Actually it seems that there was a bit of confusion on my part. If yo...
by TheStranger
Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLBT Group Receives Hate Mail From Alabama U Office Worker
Replies: 134
Views: 10971

Re: GLBT Group Receives Hate Mail From Alabama University

So no specific accounts homosexuals in Alabama were decapitated by their own neighbors? Sensationalism only leads to confusion and mistrust, detracting from the real problems of the day. Precious. You were just rooting that the state of gay people in this country is pure sensationalism. It would be...
by TheStranger
Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLBT Group Receives Hate Mail From Alabama U Office Worker
Replies: 134
Views: 10971

Re: GLBT Group Receives Hate Mail From Alabama University

a state where you get gay men decapitated by their own neighbors. :shock: Source please? Not specifically Alabama, and not specifically neighbours, but there's quite a lot of death in this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence_against_LGBT_people#Examples_of_extralegal_violence (I know, Wikip...
by TheStranger
Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lady News!
Replies: 300
Views: 34964

Re: Lady News!

It seems like a reasonable change to me. Moving the 180 days limit from the first paycheck to the last allows more time to discover that you are not being paid equally, while keeping the limit intact (preventing lawsuits from coming years after employment was terminated). a hearty hurumph for this o...
by TheStranger
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atty. General Asks CA SC To Throw Out Prop 8
Replies: 109
Views: 8277

Re: Atty. General Asks CA SC To Throw Out Prop 8

"There will probably be many, many friend-of-the-court briefs filed by many political organizations," Pugno said. "But it's important to remember this is not a popularity contest ." WHAT THE FUCK. It would seem, to me at least, that he's saying that this is more of a legal issue...
by TheStranger
Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Required to Pay Child Support - but He's not the Father
Replies: 82
Views: 6139

Re: Man Required to Pay Child Support - but He's not the Father

But the reason he uses to get "even" with the mother is rather cold toward the children. And? I'm failing to see the relevance here, we are talking about this man's obligation to children that he's not related to... should we just grab random men off the street and make them pay for kids ...
by TheStranger
Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Required to Pay Child Support - but He's not the Father
Replies: 82
Views: 6139

Re: Man Required to Pay Child Support - but He's not the Father

I actually feel terrible for the children that have a "father" who would so readily rescind his support when he found out they weren't his biological children. Can you imagine how shitty the children must feel when they get to know that the person they considered a father for so long sudd...
by TheStranger
Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: War - Humanity's Guilty Pleasure?
Replies: 18
Views: 2385

Re: War - Humanities' Guilty Pleasure?

- Is war enevitable? Is it part of being human? Conflict is part of being alive, there is always going to be some source of contention between people / groups. Ideological differences, need / want for resources, or a combination of the two will always leave violence as an option. Yes, but in the sa...
by TheStranger
Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform
Replies: 129
Views: 10871

Re: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform

And some of think when a cop slaughters a man, he should be punished harder, not less. Do you think that that can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt? Should the prosecution push forward a murder charge when there is little / no evidence to support it? A manslaughter charge is, logically, the most ...
by TheStranger
Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform
Replies: 129
Views: 10871

Re: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform

Mehserle had worked for the BART police for about two years. According to a family friend, Mehserle's parents have left their home in Napa because of death threats stemming from the BART incident. Motherfuckers. What do you mean? Isn't it partly their fault for raising a racist fascist? You mean th...
by TheStranger
Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform
Replies: 129
Views: 10871

Re: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform

A look at the cop who started this whole mess.

corrected link
by TheStranger
Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: War - Humanity's Guilty Pleasure?
Replies: 18
Views: 2385

Re: War - Humanities' Guilty Pleasure?

Some interesting responses here... - Is war enevitable? Is it part of being human? Conflict is part of being alive, there is always going to be some source of contention between people / groups. Ideological differences, need / want for resources, or a combination of the two will always leave violenc...
by TheStranger
Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 1200 killed, many more injured in Israeli attacks in Gaza
Replies: 670
Views: 43281

Re: 200 killed, 700 injured in Israeli air attack on Gaza

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Meet the Press that if missiles were coming out of Canada like they were from Hamas, "of course" the United States should invade. If Canada did nothing to stop the attacks, if the ruling party of Canada made the destruction of the USA one of ...
by TheStranger
Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform
Replies: 129
Views: 10871

Re: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform

The policeman shot a defenseless man as he was lying on the floor. I'm having a hard time thinking of any remotely likely context or additional details that would change how we should deal with the situation. Because there is a world of difference between intentionally shooting an unarmed / restrai...
by TheStranger
Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform
Replies: 129
Views: 10871

Re: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform

The theory the police are putting out is that the officer had reached for his Taser and grabbed his gun instead. These officers had only had stun guns for a "few weeks," according to this article , and I suppose it's just possible that in the heat of the moment, this officer was very conf...
by TheStranger
Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform
Replies: 129
Views: 10871

Re: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform

A policeman shot a man, who was lying on the floor. That's the bare facts, not the full situation. If I said "A woman stabs a man in the chest while he sat in a chair" should we give her the maximum penalty? The context of the situation and the full details of exactly what happened are st...
by TheStranger
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform
Replies: 129
Views: 10871

Re: Cops execute Oscar Grant on subway platform

As if anyone needed more reason to fear and distrust police. A tragic and disturbing occurrence to be sure, but we do not have the full scope of what has happened. Not saying that the cop was right to do so... but rush judgments with limited information do no good. The quoted bit above is rather pu...
by TheStranger
Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Israel
Replies: 1040
Views: 93585

Re: Israel

As much as they say that their attacks are designed to minimize civilian casualties, how do we know this is more than a PR tool? A lot of public infrastructure has been destroyed; government buildings, schools, police stations. It seems like a primary intention of all of this is to make life more d...
by TheStranger
Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Jersey forces eharmony to offer same-sex matching
Replies: 66
Views: 6628

Re: New Jersey forces eharmony to offer same-sex matching

so, equal=/= fair, or right I'd have to say that this is true in some (though not necessarily most) cases. If I make something or provide a service that only one group of people are interested in I'm not discriminating against others (they are free to buy my product or use my service, just are not ...
by TheStranger
Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would people do if there were no cars to build?
Replies: 15
Views: 2718

Re: What would people do if there were no cars to build?

Perhaps I should re-emphasize my last point: people spend a heckuva lot of money on cars, or so it seems to me. Would it really be so easy to persuade people to spend that much money on other things and still have a similar impact on the economy? Taking away all that money in the form of taxes to f...
by TheStranger
Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would people do if there were no cars to build?
Replies: 15
Views: 2718

Re: What would people do if there were no cars to build?

It would largely depend on what replaced cars. Public transportation would have to be massively expanded, and that would provide a good deal of employment.

Auto workers are trained machinists, so as long as there is a demand for mechanical goods at least some of them would be able to find work.
by TheStranger
Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you run a sustainable community?
Replies: 32
Views: 3869

Re: How would you run a sustainable community?

If you use fossil fuels you aren't sustainable, so you need all electric farming vehicles. Good luck with getting those. I suppose you could grow bio diesel, but that would require a hell of a lot of land on top of food production and would also require a greater proportion of labour invested in ag...
by TheStranger
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rick Warren at Inaugural Invocation
Replies: 48
Views: 3281

Re: Rick Warren at Inaugural Invocation

Obama campaigned on the promise that he'd work with both parties; hell he wrote two books saying just that. He's now working with someone who you disagree with. And it's not he's making a policy you disagree with, or even that he's putting someone you disagree with in a position of power: it's that...
by TheStranger
Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape and the militarization of the US-Mexico border
Replies: 86
Views: 9324

Re: Rape and the militarization of the US-Mexico border

Thanks Hippo and Belial for clarifying. I guess most of my previous posts are rather pointless then. So, would the 99 who wont turn their squadmate in, would they turn a civilian in for raping someone? Probably. If there was no military then, what would stop a civilian from raping people crossing t...
by TheStranger
Sat Dec 13, 2008 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unethical careers
Replies: 84
Views: 7994

Re: Unethical careers

However, you could still call it unethical, as they (whoever the money reaches first) still make you pay more than they bought it for, and more than it costs to pay employees in the company, as someone is making money for nothing, effectively. I'd be hard pressed to call this 'unethical'. It is jus...
by TheStranger
Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Man arrested for uploading a common viral video
Replies: 46
Views: 4427

Re: Australian Man arrested for uploading a common viral video

What's happening to you Australia? You used to be the cool, laid back, England... but now your all crazy eyed. In all seriousness though, things like this are a bit chilling... and a very good example of how the 'slippery slope' argument is sometimes valid. This video has not actually been demonstra...
by TheStranger
Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help with schroedinger's cat
Replies: 20
Views: 3272

Re: Help with schroedinger's cat

The explanation that I was given is that then even though the observer and the cat know the outcome of the experiment you do not (until you ask the observer). As the poster above me stated they are part of the waveform, that will collapse (from your PoV) into a yes/no as soon as you find out what ha...
by TheStranger
Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Health Insurance: Alternative Industry-Level Ideas
Replies: 123
Views: 17842

Re: US Health Insurance: Alternative Industry-Level Ideas

This "strange" competitor has an unlimited supply of investors (a.k.a. taxpayer money), so it will be free to research as much as it wants. I'd really hope that this would not be the case... the taxpayer base can only pay so much in taxes after all. The government also has it's own separa...
by TheStranger
Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Church of England is now levying taxes...
Replies: 28
Views: 3447

Re: The Church of England is now levying taxes...

There are quite a few of these old laws floating around the legal system. They rarely stand when challenged, and are usually overturned if the issue is pressed (in the US at least). Hopefully the same will hold true in England.
by TheStranger
Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US Health Insurance: Alternative Industry-Level Ideas
Replies: 123
Views: 17842

Re: US Health Insurance: Alternative Industry-Level Ideas

This would help cut out repetitive research (e.g. the gov. spending $10,000,000 to figure out that made-up fact instead of Pfizer and other companies each spending $9,000,000 to find separate evidence of that conclusion and not being allowed to collaborate). Think of the 1989 film "Fat Man &am...
by TheStranger
Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Civics Test
Replies: 7
Views: 1069

Civics Test

American Civics Literacy test

Try it out, I scored 85% (51 out of 60), not bad for something done off the cuff.
by TheStranger
Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mumbai, India under attack
Replies: 23
Views: 2729

Mumbai, India under attack

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aOeGx_BXwKAk&refer=home

This is some crazy stuff... and it may top out as the largest terrorist attack since 9/11
by TheStranger
Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Last Night's Heroes
Replies: 12
Views: 1702

Re: Last Night's Heroes

I was more off put by how long that solar eclipse seemed to be.
by TheStranger
Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Book Challenge
Replies: 261
Views: 21891

The Book Challenge

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post!

""They have feasted, my brothers, on all who lay in my tavern - all except this one who now clashes his bones, this magician from Russia"
by TheStranger
Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inequality of information
Replies: 25
Views: 3665

Re: Inequality of information

I never did qualify what kind of information would be included... but I'd imagine a combination of public records / census data and scientific data. So... you want the Freedom of Information Act, except... see, this is where you lost me. What new thing do you want? all that data loaded into a publi...
by TheStranger
Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inequality of information
Replies: 25
Views: 3665

Re: Inequality of information

For myself I'd love something along the lines of a "Department of Statistics and Measurements" whose sole reason for being is to compile large amounts of data and make it publicity available. This information you speak of, are you going to share as well? Please post the time, date, and na...

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