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by Choboman
Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Doctors Cure Racism! (Well...)
Replies: 55
Views: 7720

Re: Doctors Cure Racism! (Well...)

Hazing is so creepy and it is related to Racism. Right? I'm no expert, but I don't think hazing and racism have that much to do with one another. The link you posted would seem to make racism [group-ism?] a matter of identifying another individual as irredeemably 'out-group', while hazing would be ...
by Choboman
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 75516

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

The discussion about 'lemons' implies that once someone has health insurance they get to keep it forever. Most health insurance policies I'm aware of renew every year. Which means that if you look healthy but actually have lung cancer that isn't found in the entry exam, you've got to get as much tre...
by Choboman
Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2816664

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

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:Things that aren't fun: realizing you were a bit of an ass recently.

I think most of us a a bit of an ass in one way or another on a regular basis. The fact that you're more self-aware and can call yourself out on it puts you ahead of pack.
by Choboman
Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 55532

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

Wow, this has gone on for four pages with basically no progress beyond "Is not" "Is too" "Is not!" "IS TOO!!" IF rational means "only believing that which can be proven" then both the belief that the pink unicorn does exist AND the belief that the pi...
by Choboman
Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 306604

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

And Obama has actually demonstrated that, sometimes, dropping bombs on people is worth doing. Libya has removed an entrenched dictator because they had people dropping bombs on the dictators troops. Yes, it has costs, and yes, if you do it for stupid reasons in less clear cut circumstances it can h...
by Choboman
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Yoga is a Sex Cult" - NYT
Replies: 58
Views: 12729

Re: "Yoga is a Sex Cult" - NYT

Of course, Limbaugh doesn't practice abstinence or anything close. He just limits his sexy times to sex tourist destinations where he doesn't have to worry about the consequences, like any other red blooded American. I wonder; Do you know how true that statement is? Why do they hate us? It is not o...
by Choboman
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New UK Anti-Rape PSA
Replies: 88
Views: 12715

Re: New UK Anti-Rape PSA

I have no direct experience on the topic, but am just thinking out loud. I would imagine (though I have no direct experience) that date rape sometimes happens in due to poor communication. As others have posted, sexuality and flirting can be convoluted and confusing things. A person can say yes befo...
by Choboman
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 178169

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

It seems to me that it's almost impossible to separate the issue of birth control/abortions in healthcare from the essential nature of healthcare itself. If healthcare is an inherent right, then it's a reasonable argument that providers of healthcare shouldn't be able to impose arbitrary restriction...
by Choboman
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 178169

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

While that sounds good, the implication is that sterile couples or older couples where the female is postmenopausal are immorally having sex. I'd really like the think the viewpoint is more nuanced. You make a good point here, and I'd be interested in what Catholics say about this. I suspect that t...
by Choboman
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 178169

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

Wait, Contraception 'Cheapens Sex'? ...Okay, so assuming that this isn't a 'Let's Stop Women From Having Dirty Dirty Sex' issue, how the hell would Sex be 'Cheapened'? Does this having anything to do with the strict controls on Sexual Activity that some Conservatives strongly favour? I guess I have...
by Choboman
Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 178169

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

Religious institutions, and certainly Rush Limbaugh, object to these contraceptives because they hate women having sex and think women should be punished for having sex. Contraceptives allow women to escape their righteous punishment. Steward exposes this by comparing it to Viagra. These same peopl...
by Choboman
Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warning)
Replies: 129
Views: 11588

Re: Virginia's New Restrictive Abortion Bills (Trigger Warni

Q: How many peope can fit in the back of this car?
A: About 1,500,000,000,000 if you live in Virginia and consider fertilized eggs people.
by Choboman
Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tennessee Senator says mind numbingly stupid things
Replies: 26
Views: 5845

Re: Tennessee Senator says mind numbingly stupid things

'Negligible' risk isn't easy to quantify. For a single heterosexual encounter with a partner who is infected, PIV sex supposedly has a 1-in-1,000 chance of HIV transmission (odds can vary from this based on additional conditions - advanced stage of the disease, presence of open cuts/sores in/on the ...
by Choboman
Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21765

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

From my perspective, right wing philosopy includes a generous helping of social darwinism. It starts with the idea that if the government leaves individuals alone, then the hardest working, most competent, and smartest will naturally rise to the top. That laissez faire policies encourage people to w...
by Choboman
Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?
Replies: 48
Views: 13254

Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Personal gun ownership is essentially the only thing that prevents a government from having the ability to commit heinous crimes against its citizens. Think about it, if every German-Jew owned a gun how many would have been gassed? Poor example IMO. If every German-Jew in WWII Germany owned a gun m...
by Choboman
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "What's next, Bestiality?" revisited
Replies: 81
Views: 13583

Re: "What's next, Bestiality?" revisited

In Scandanavia, they passed a registered partnership law. It basically stated that wherever the word "marriage" appears in the country's law will now be construed to mean "marriage or registered partnership" and wherever the word "spouse" appears will now be construed t...
by Choboman
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 71024

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

"Blaze Somerset"... I like it.
by Choboman
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Second Amendment Questions
Replies: 165
Views: 14149

Second Amendment Questions

In the US the Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms) is a controversial topic, especially among conservatives. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A few thoughts: Most conservatives an...
by Choboman
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Obligations
Replies: 63
Views: 6897

Re: Society's Obligations

That they are still successful businesses, while the USPS has been in the red for years and years, means that the USPS is a horribly run business, and no amount of slowly hiking up the cost of postage stamps a couple pennies at a time is going to fix them. When USPS was first created, the primary m...
by Choboman
Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 124001

Re: Does God Exist?

I don't believe that the Euthyphro dilemma is as much of a cut-and-dry issue as some here are suggesting. Just as a hypothetical exercise, let's imagine that I'm watching my toddler son play in my back yard, an I see him start to play with an ant hill. I think to myself "Hmmm, if he keeps this ...
by Choboman
Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ronald Reagan who?
Replies: 108
Views: 16096

Re: Ronald Reagan who?

iChef wrote:You guys forget he was also a the most inspiring football star ever to play the game, a cowboy and a war hero in both the army and navy.

And he had a really cool monkey.
by Choboman
Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Obligations
Replies: 63
Views: 6897

Re: Society's Obligations

Two items: Postal Service: I've heard a lot of complaints about USPS as fiscally bankrupt that I think miss the point. USPS has it's hands tied in many ways because of the way it's set up. They have to maintain local branches in all counties, even ones that don't carry much traffic. They have to vis...
by Choboman
Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Obligations
Replies: 63
Views: 6897

Re: Society's Obligations

It's hard for me to stay strictly on topic with this discussion, because there are so many closely related issues that all factor in. I believe that for the social contract to be sustainable, you need to have a balance between priviledges and obligations. If someone is granting me the priviledge of ...
by Choboman
Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Obligations
Replies: 63
Views: 6897

Re: Society's Obligations

It seems to me that you're making the argument that minorities tend to be poor, and that poor is a self-reinforcing condition (poor people get inferior schools, don't have a supportive learning environment, can't make the right contacts, etc.). While this may certainly be true, it doesn't seem like ...
by Choboman
Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Obligations
Replies: 63
Views: 6897

Re: Society's Obligations

If you want to determine what is the minimum that compromises our living standards, I think that's a separate question than what society owes the individual. You make a valid point. They are different questions, but I do think that they're related and that it's helpful to look at the two questions ...
by Choboman
Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Obligations
Replies: 63
Views: 6897

Society's Obligations

What is the minimum standard of living a society (I live in US so I'm thinking primarily about them) must provide its citizens when they are unable or unwilling to provide for themselves? Hard-line libertarians and social Darwinists might believe that society owes the individual nothing - that if he...

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