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by Choboman
Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Some Guy Thinks Some Stuff About Politics
Replies: 88
Views: 16280

Re: The Last Honest Liberal

I'm afraid that I'm a bit more cynical about the human condition than the original poster. I believe that the majority of the people, either on this board or in the population as a whole, believe in lower taxes, and expanded freedoms and benefit for THEMSELVES, while they mostly don't care how (or e...
by Choboman
Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 109284

Re: Radical Feminism

Doesn't people arguing about genitalia and/or Y-chromosomes (or the lack thereof) as a defining criteria for 'male-ness', and trying to disprove this criteria by providing counter-examples where people can possess some of those characteristics but not all, ignore the fact that there's no reason that...
by Choboman
Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 109284

Re: Radical Feminism

How is something like this supposed to work in areas where men are specifically excluded, like battered women's shelters? You take people at their word and kick them out if they cause trouble. Perhaps more precisely: You analyze the reason why men are excluded and satisfy those reasons--focus on th...
by Choboman
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 109284

Re: Radical Feminism

How is something like this supposed to work in areas where men are specifically excluded, like battered women's shelters?
by Choboman
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Tank and eggs
Replies: 13
Views: 3330

Re: Tank and eggs

The M1A1 Abrams has a govenor on it which prevents it from going faster than 45mph. If removed by a trained mechanic the tank can theoretically reach speeds close to 75 mph on a straight line, well-surfaced highway. I never rode in one without govenor, though. At those speeds you'd be increadibly li...
by Choboman
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 17465

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

As there is no greater harm than death* there can be no legitimation for a state to take away the life of it's citizens. Even in the idealistic world where the state only exists to bring benifit to the people, that's not the same as benefiting each individual person. The state in that case cares ab...
by Choboman
Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 109284

Re: Radical Feminism

Once gender is gone (long after I'm dead) people won't notice gender in interactions, because these people and the people they are interacting with won't have gender. Like no-one before the invention of computers noticed how much of a programmer-type people they were interacting with were, gender s...
by Choboman
Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 109284

Re: Radical Feminism

[looks around apprehensively] There is something that's not clear to me: many of you in the discussion have mentioned that one of the goals of radical feminism is to eliminate gender. What does this mean in a practical sense? Eliminating the subtle [or sometimes not-so-subtle] pressures society exer...
by Choboman
Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Jobs with physics degree?
Replies: 7
Views: 2094

Re: Jobs with physics degree?

Mad scientist?
by Choboman
Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do natural rights exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 26212

Re: Do natural rights exist?

Tyndmyr wrote:
Eomund wrote:Not all maths are equal though. You could start with the axioms of "pie is good" and "pie is purple", and derive nothing useful at all.

Purple is good?
by Choboman
Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Worldwide vs Territorial Tax Systems
Replies: 5
Views: 3993

Worldwide vs Territorial Tax Systems

I'm hoping we can have a meaningful discussion about corporate taxes without devolving into a 'Corporations are teh evuls!' shtick. I'd like feedback from someone with a stronger economics background about pros and cons of each policy. Currently, the US uses a 'Worldwide' tax system for corporate ta...
by Choboman
Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Selecting desired genetic traits should be parent's choice
Replies: 52
Views: 11287

Re: Selecting desired genetic traits should be parent's choi

Well it'd be really irresponsible of the scientists and the rest of the team not to do physical testing beyond looking for genetic markers. I don't remember the movie that well, I'm pretty sure he didn't develop the disease he was at risk for, and it's not as though genetics are the only source of ...
by Choboman
Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 14032

Re: Military sequestration

Our military isn't so much about protecting ourselves from invasion any more, and hasn't been for a long time - it's about protecting whatever the government sees as our 'interests'. We have favorable trade agreements in place with Taiwan, S. Korea, Kuwait, Egypt, etc, and don't want them to be inva...
by Choboman
Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2809086

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

I enjoy getting sunburned. Not because I like the whole "Oh god my skin burns" part, but the peeling off of the dead skin is oddly cathartic. It's like peeling glue off your fingers, but skin. It sounds less creepy in my head, but hey, confession time. Seconded! I used to try to get it to...
by Choboman
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2809086

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Two months into a 12-step program, and feel like I'm not making much progress. Back-slid a couple times, and have a feeling that it's just a matter of time before it all goes to hell again.
by Choboman
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Triple-Jumper Barred for Twitter Joke
Replies: 58
Views: 6047

Re: Greek Triple-Jumper Barred for Twitter Joke

I'm conflicted about the subject. I don't like racism or that we (as a people) still demonstrate a large degree of group-ism, but I'm also really reluctant to endorse so much restriction of free speech. If she said something as a representative of the Olympics that's one thing, but if she posts as a...
by Choboman
Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "The __ word"
Replies: 160
Views: 24885

Re: "The __ word"

I think typically when we refer to someone as genitalia we are calling them the embodiment of the worst charictaristics of the stereotypes for the gender. When I call someone a dick it's generally because they're self-important, dominating, and/or insensitive to others. This is a stereotype associat...
by Choboman
Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Brogramming
Replies: 134
Views: 28350

Re: Brogramming

I'm late joining the party, so sorry if I'm repeating something someone else already said. It seems like the 'bro-gramming' phenominom would be just another example of self-reinforcing group-think. Whenever a group of people with similar opinions gets together their individual opinions tend to get p...
by Choboman
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "The __ word"
Replies: 160
Views: 24885

Re: "The __ word"

Whether we want them to or not, words have emotional baggage associated with how they've been used in the past and what people believe it says about you if you're comfortable using them in different contexts. A swastika is just a glorified plus sign, or associated with Hinduism or Jainism, but if pe...
by Choboman
Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3027321

Re: Postify your facerity

Looking much younger than we really are is a 'problem' that most of us wish we had.
by Choboman
Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Superstitions
Replies: 42
Views: 8463

Re: Superstitions

One of the guys on my team at work (grew up in Taiwan) takes Chinese astrology very seriously. Educated MBA-holding professional, but it's hard to shake the habits you pick up during childhood.
by Choboman
Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 12878

Re: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaught

Sounds to me like the title should be "Why [Almost] Nobody Can Have It All, But Society Misleads Women To Think They're Failing If They Don't".
by Choboman
Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nerds In MMA
Replies: 38
Views: 31870

Re: Nerds In MMA

Congrats on your new hobby. Love sparring and MT, but don't do much of it any more. Tell us more, and inspire me to get off my lazy butt and go back!
by Choboman
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77277

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Because adults can differentiate between want and need quite easily. Without getting into any of the rest of the argument I'd like to chime in and disagree with the statement above. People have a tendancy to think that their wants are needs, and are constantly expanding the list of things that they...
by Choboman
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77277

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Because adults can differentiate between want and need quite easily. Without getting into any of the rest of the argument I'd like to chime in and disagree with the statement above. People have a tendancy to think that their wants are needs, and are constantly expanding the list of things that they...
by Choboman
Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2809086

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Thanks for the hugs and support. I think I might actually need some help to get this under control. I've e-mailed some people, hopefully they will answer soon. Just from personal experience as someone who struggles with obsessive-compulsive behavior, I would encourage you to get help. At least in m...
by Choboman
Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 31871

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

The underlying theme here is 'should government actively push us to make healthy choices?' My personal opinion is that government should try to help protect me from misleading advertising and abusive/predatory practices, but not to prevent me from making dumb-assed choices. They're still MY dumb-ass...
by Choboman
Tue May 29, 2012 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?
Replies: 14
Views: 13679

Re: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?

It's a reasonable suggestion, but my convenient access to salad bar is in the office cafeteria at lunch, and I want to get a full load of veggies when I can. My workouts are generally in the mid-afternoon, at the office fitness center, when I've got a break between meetings. Rate of weight loss has ...
by Choboman
Thu May 24, 2012 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2809086

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

onjenae wrote:Im a sexacholic usually i have sex at least 7 times every 4 days cant get enough of it

You're not alone, will be going to my first SA meeting this week.
by Choboman
Wed May 16, 2012 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Did the same pervasive sense of doom exist 30 years ago?
Replies: 76
Views: 15452

Re: Did the same pervasive sense of doom exist 30 years ago?

Every decade has it's share of stuff to get bummed about... 1960s - Vietnam War, race riots, Cuban Missle Crisis, Kennedy & MLK assasinations 1970s - Vietnam continues, Watergate, Oil shortages, Stagflation, Japanaphobia, war in Middle East, Guyana suicides, massacres in Uganda, famine in Bangla...
by Choboman
Tue May 15, 2012 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?
Replies: 14
Views: 13679

Re: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?

209, but have fallen out of my regular exercise regime while going on vacation. Will have to start back with running and lifting soon or risk losing too much muscle mass.
by Choboman
Fri May 11, 2012 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military teaching 'total war' on Islam
Replies: 65
Views: 8919

Re: US military teaching 'total war' on Islam

Making generalised statements about what American soldiers are like, or how they think, based on a very limited number of anecdotal observations, is just bad logic. Yes, there are some "bad people" in the US Army. If you look hard enough you'll find "bad people" [for any definiti...
by Choboman
Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Working hours
Replies: 19
Views: 5198

Re: Working hours

Just looking back on personal experience, I'd suggest that most (though presumably not all) people who claim that they only need 4 - 6 hours of sleep per night either haven't really tried the alternative, or will find that as they get into middle age they'll find that they start needing more. From c...
by Choboman
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?
Replies: 14
Views: 13679

Re: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?

217. Now shopping around for a good Muay Thai gym in Dulles/Herndon/Tysons, Va area. Used to go to One Spirit Martial Arts under Ajarn Bumrung Prawatsrichai ( Master Danny), but he's moved on now. Interested in anyone's suggestions - doesn't have to be MT, any good, intense standup gym (Muay Thai, K...
by Choboman
Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 74535

Re: Asexuality

I would agree with that in general. In my marriage there's 1,000 times more cuddling, hand-holding, kissing, etc than there is 'naked-bow-chika-wow-wow'... I would even say that in many ways cuddling can feel more intimate and strengthens our bonds more than intercourse. But I thought I read earlier...
by Choboman
Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 74535

Re: Asexuality

Although I would not personally want to be asexual, I do wish I could cut my libido in half. It's always getting in the way and making me do stupid things, and it becomes a sticking point when in a committed relationship with someone whose libido is at a vastly different level. I'm hoping someone ca...
by Choboman
Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why be social?
Replies: 15
Views: 6301

Re: Why be social?

Since nobody else has mentioned, I should point out that in face-to-face conversations a significant amount of data is exchanged non-verbally. Eye contact, posture, conversational distance, tone of voice, etc. all convey subtle nuances that the observing party takes in without even noticing. So even...
by Choboman
Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?
Replies: 14
Views: 13679

Re: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?

219.

Interestingly, one of the harder changes for me has been in trying to get a larger percentage of my calories in the morning. I've been eating small breakfasts and large dinners for years, and reversing the trend is really counter-intuitive.
by Choboman
Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?
Replies: 14
Views: 13679

Re: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?

Age: 45 Height: 5'11" (1.80m) Weight: Currently 220 lbs (99.8kg), at start of diet 231 (104.8kg) My goal weight is around 170-180. That's was what I wrestled at in college and was fairly lean at that time. But I've lost some muscle mass since then too so ideal would probably be a little lower t...
by Choboman
Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?
Replies: 14
Views: 13679

Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?

I've finally gotten tired of slowly turning into a blob of lard, and started dieting. Been at it for about 2 weeks and pretty happy with the incremental progress so far, but realize that it'll get progressively harder and the gains will get smaller and smaller as I [hopefully] get closer to my targe...

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