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by KnightExemplar
Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?
Replies: 233
Views: 28804

Re: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?

At the end of the day, its just another ignorant myth that is passed around. If I actually cared about every ignorant myth / stereotype that I've ever come across, I'd never get anything done! That's great, awesome. Gold star for you. Now quit claiming that being a cool cucumber is oh-so-superior t...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?
Replies: 233
Views: 28804

Re: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?

At the end of the day, its just another ignorant myth that is passed around. If I actually cared about every ignorant myth / stereotype that I've ever come across, I'd never get anything done! That's great, awesome. Gold star for you. Now quit claiming that being a cool cucumber is oh-so-superior t...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?
Replies: 233
Views: 28804

Re: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?

* I never said the Tauren were a homage to Native Americans. I said they were inspired by the Native American Myth. Like I said, the difference between 'inspired by' and 'ripped off from' is that the former does something interesting with the material (in other words, it could qualify as a homage),...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?
Replies: 233
Views: 28804

Re: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?

While the Tauren are inspired from various (and contradictory) Native American tribes, it is hard to say that Blizzard is telling us that "Native Americans act like the Tauren". ACTUAL Native American stereotypes exist. IE: Native Americans are gambling alcholoics. I have encounted these ...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?
Replies: 233
Views: 28804

Re: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?

"That's associated with Native American stereotypes" is also a very poor reasoning. I would say that tents are associated with Native American stereotypes but they were actually used and part of their culture. So what you should say is "living in buildings that are associated with Na...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?
Replies: 233
Views: 28804

Re: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?

On the general feelings that positive stereotypes =/= stereotypes: No. Stereotypes are stereotypes, postive stereotypes can be equally hurtfull, just ask the natives who are culturally forced to stay in reservation because pursuing progress go against the noble savage stereotype. The native america...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?
Replies: 233
Views: 28804

Re: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?

Racial Stereotypes hidden under a fantasy setting seems to be significantly more benign than the kind of real and actual stereotyping going on in the other thread. Yes, and if it's not the worst example of stereotyping anyone can think of, then it's clearly not worth worrying about at all, right? W...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?
Replies: 233
Views: 28804

Re: IRL racial stereotypes in fantasy setting?

Hmm... I'm finding a bit of irony between this thread and this other one ? Racial Stereotypes hidden under a fantasy setting seems to be significantly more benign than the kind of real and actual stereotyping going on in the other thread. Overall... I think racial stereotypes will exist for the rest...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Thinking Globally
Replies: 16
Views: 2210

Re: Thinking Globally

Security by obscurity. So Manning was able to see this document, as were 850,000 people. And you think the bad guys didn't have access to it? I feel like this is possibly a seperate debate from the op though. http://xkcd.com/538/ More seriously though, I've been very interested in the culture that ...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Thinking Globally
Replies: 16
Views: 2210

Re: Thinking Globally

I'm pretty sure that the US Populace don't want the secret list of critical infrastructure handed over to terrorists . Bradley Manning should have done what the publishers of the Pentagon Papers did. He should have found something actually newsworthy then published it. Secret? According to the sour...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Censorship in U.S.?
Replies: 34
Views: 7217

Re: Internet Censorship in U.S.?

Similarly, politicians don't have much to say about the day to day operations of agencies. If you do a big favor for some politician (which btw, is illegal, but lets say they use one of those loopholes to get on a politician's good side), there's no guarantee that that specific politician has any p...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Censorship in U.S.?
Replies: 34
Views: 7217

Re: Internet Censorship in U.S.?

I guess Amazon's services are different (Amazon probably has the resources to put up with Wikileak's traffic). Even then... A printing house should not be forced into business deals they disagree with. (unless they're being douchebags to a protected group: race, religion, disabilities and gender). ...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Thinking Globally
Replies: 16
Views: 2210

Re: Thinking Globally

The question arises within a discussion about Bradley Manning of whether as a citizen of the US I should be supportive of the interests of other countries in this matter. It is my contention that I must first and foremost give precedent to my countries interests because it is the only one which I u...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Thinking Globally
Replies: 16
Views: 2210

Re: Thinking Globally

This is something that I always think about, and to some extent, it really comes down to taxes. In the US, the government as a whole collects about 40% of the GDP in taxes, with only a small portion of this being state and local. When the smaller scale government don't have a whole lot of money, th...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform
Replies: 68
Views: 5426

Re: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform

So yes, History is important. But even then, knowing "Abe Lincoln was taller than Napoleon" probably won't help too much from a utilitarian point of view. I think this is more a problem with how history is taught rather than what whether or not studying history is useful. Asking "who...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot
Replies: 453
Views: 51509

Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

One idea I heard in high school is that if political affiliation is a line from left to right, than it curves up at the ends, making extremists hard to categorize as either extreme right or extreme left. That was the case in the IRS suicide attack and the Discovery channel hostage crisis last year,...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot
Replies: 453
Views: 51509

Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

http://www.businessinsider.com/woman-who-says-she-went-to-school-with-alleged-shooter-says-he-met-giffords-in-2007-2011-1 What a shame, the left won't be able to talk about him being a wacko tea partier. As much as I don't like the wacko tea party, using this situation for political gain would be &...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: DOJ sends order to Twitter for Wikileaks-related account inf
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Re: DOJ sends order to Twitter for Wikileaks-related account

Kind of concerning to me. Hmm... I'll have to look into the details to see if its something we should be concerned about. Generally speaking, subpoenas don't really concern me. Without them, it would be impossible for the government to conduct any investigation at all. The article does say its not ...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot
Replies: 453
Views: 51509

Re: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

http://www.businessinsider.com/woman-who-says-she-went-to-school-with-alleged-shooter-says-he-met-giffords-in-2007-2011-1 What a shame, the left won't be able to talk about him being a wacko tea partier. As much as I don't like the wacko tea party, using this situation for political gain would be &...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Censorship in U.S.?
Replies: 34
Views: 7217

Re: Internet Censorship in U.S.?

So I'm not seeing anything close to censorship. the wikileaks example most certainly is an example of attempts at censorship. censorship doesn't have to involve jackbooted thugs kicking down doors and smoke rising from the piles of burning books. Lets say I want to get a book published and it's inc...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform
Replies: 68
Views: 5426

Re: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform

Anecdotal... yes... but hey, I met these people in person. You know, in the real world. So I don't really have much proof aside from stories. Some of the smartest people I've met in College were Creationists. There is literally nothing you can do to convince these people of Evolution btw... but tha...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform
Replies: 68
Views: 5426

Re: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform

You've never met a smart Creationist then. Oh, no, I've met a few. However: I've never met a Creationist who possessed excellent critical thinking skills, a curious mind, and faith in the scientific method. These are qualities I would ascribe to an excellent doctor. There's a lot more to medicine t...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform
Replies: 68
Views: 5426

Re: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform

IMO, History is important for cultural reasons. It keeps us together and it allows the country to stick together. However, knowing Lincoln's history or even Evolutionary Theory vs Creationism won't help a child become an Engineer, Lawyer, or even Doctor. (Creationists accept genetics and DNA... but...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. teen tortured in Kuwait and barred U.S re-entry
Replies: 28
Views: 3068

Re: U.S. teen tortured in Kuwait and barred U.S re-entry

I do think its worth that this incident does stand out. Maybe it sounds a bit selfish, but American Interests need to focus on Americans . 'American Interests' don't need to focus on anything. Romantic nationalism is just another method we use to decide who is important and who isn't. Since we can'...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. teen tortured in Kuwait and barred U.S re-entry
Replies: 28
Views: 3068

Re: U.S. teen tortured in Kuwait and barred U.S re-entry

True. It probably was a combination of racial profiling, flagged flight plans, random surveillance, and just plain luck which got him there. My guess is that they saw him speaking with someone affiliated with Anwar al-Awlaki. I have a hard time believing they didn't have anything at all linking him...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. teen tortured in Kuwait and barred U.S re-entry
Replies: 28
Views: 3068

Re: U.S. teen tortured in Kuwait and barred U.S re-entry

Clearly, he's brown a suspected terrorist. Why else would he be on the no-fly list? Oh come on now. There are plenty of muslims who fly on planes every day now. Lets not start screaming the racist card so quickly. I do agree, this shouldn't happen to anyone. But lets first get a few things straight...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform
Replies: 68
Views: 5426

Re: US healthcare law: Republicans bid to overturn reform

I'm more concerned with the populace than the president. When I was in school we learned about how Abe Lincoln taught himself to read by the firelight. I'm afraid all my son will learn is that Abe was very tall. IMO, History is important for cultural reasons. It keeps us together and it allows the ...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Internet Censorship in U.S.?
Replies: 34
Views: 7217

Re: Internet Censorship in U.S.?

Does the U.S governments treatment of wikileaks count as Internet censorship? As far as I can tell, the site itself is still active and you can still access it in the US if you know its IP address. On the other hand, EveryDNS has shutdown the wikileaks domain name, but thats not controlled by the g...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man faces criminal charge for reading cheating wife's e-mail
Replies: 46
Views: 5219

Re: Man faces criminal charge for reading cheating wife's e-

ITT: we learn that the law is rather complicated The "Plain Sight" argument gets even more complicated with technology. What separates plain sight from not plain sight? For example, you are broadcasting your cookies on every HTTP request, which means anyone with Firesheep who is on your n...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man faces criminal charge for reading cheating wife's e-mail
Replies: 46
Views: 5219

Re: Man faces criminal charge for reading cheating wife's e-

ITT: we learn that the law is rather complicated The "Plain Sight" argument gets even more complicated with technology. What separates plain sight from not plain sight? For example, you are broadcasting your cookies on every HTTP request, which means anyone with Firesheep who is on your n...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man faces criminal charge for reading cheating wife's e-mail
Replies: 46
Views: 5219

Re: Man faces criminal charge for reading cheating wife's e-

Is navigating to mail.google.com (or other provider of choice) when someone is set to auto-login breaking the law? I almost wonder if he even needed to guess the password (though, to be fair, if she was cheating, you'd think she'd be smart enough to logout...) Though, I guess in this case supposedl...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pedophilia Guide Author Arrested; dispute over extradition
Replies: 44
Views: 6596

Re: Pedophilia Guide Author Arrested; dispute over extraditi

This is just one more to add to the "Our culture based on othering people rather than understanding them is fucked up" pile. Aren't all cultures and societies based on that to some degree? And it's not an either/or thing. You can try to understand people and still regard them as "the...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian Assange Complains about Leak
Replies: 54
Views: 6815

Re: Julian Assange Complains about Leak

Agreed, but what does any of that have to do with the topic at hand? Or, for that matter, my post? Well, I guess I didn't understand where we disagreed and I missed my mark. Perhaps it would be easier if you gave a more detailed argument for what is different? Nonetheless, here's another shot at it...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian Assange Complains about Leak
Replies: 54
Views: 6815

Re: Julian Assange Complains about Leak

Also there's a huge difference between the privacy rights of public institutions like governments, and the privacy rights of individuals. You could argue he's a hypocrite anyways, but it's disingenuous to make an argument on the assumption that both are the same. I would like to discuss this point....
by KnightExemplar
Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian Assange Complains about Leak
Replies: 54
Views: 6815

Re: Julian Assange Complains about Leak

>Release documents from various governments from around the world to show people exactly how we've gotten where we are today and to let them know what sort of deals and conversations are being had behind closed doors in their names , vetting them for authenticity as best you can and only ever relea...

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