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by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10492

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

If you're going to make a skeptic post, please try one that I can't debunk with stuff I've read online from more qualified people :P Concluding from the past trends that CO 2 never drives temperature is a bit of a stretch. We can assume that temperature drives the CO 2 levels under the natural varia...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Illegal Immigration.
Replies: 498
Views: 42257

Re: Illegal Immigration.

ekzrated: An entire response full of nothing but impolite contempt and strawman arguments. How did you put it? Oh, yeah. YOU "fail". Well, I don't exactly like the tone either, but I don't think they're all strawmen. He actually made a lot of the same points I did about how extreme some o...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Prostitution?
Replies: 91
Views: 14192

Re: Legal Prostitution?

Fixed. If we're going down the road of what a drug actually does, then the correct answer is "nothing, it sits on the table and does nothing". If, however, we are going to look at the repercussions of taking drugs we need to be honest about the fact that people do stupid things, and when ...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Prostitution?
Replies: 91
Views: 14192

Re: Legal Prostitution?

But... customers for prostitutes are already violent and abusive to a pretty high degree, although it's hard to get reliable statistics on the matter, so it's not worth giving specific numbers in my opinion. Violent and abusive? [ citation needed ] I think you can assume that the customers of prost...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Prostitution?
Replies: 91
Views: 14192

Re: Legal Prostitution?

Hi. I'm neither abusive nor violent. I break the law every day of the week. My hunch is, so do you. Are you violent? Abusive? Good call, excuse me. I'm not meaning to imply that breaking the law in general means you're inclined to be violent or abusive. Especially seeing pretty much everyone is lik...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10492

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

Actually, "it costs too much to fight climate change" is in many ways roughly equivilent to "just pollute away", if not as strong. It's more 'the changes are not so massive / urgent that it requires bulldozing the world economy to fix'. There is also the absurdity of some of the...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Prostitution?
Replies: 91
Views: 14192

Re: Legal Prostitution?

While I oppose prostitution on moral grounds, I don't oppose it any more than I oppose marrying for money/power, or arranged marriage. Making prostitution illegal pushes it into the black-market, and makes it more dangerous than it is inherently. Prostitution of some form is inevitably going to happ...
by Ari
Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Illegal Immigration.
Replies: 498
Views: 42257

Re: Illegal Immigration.

if you make minimum wage and file for taxes, you'd probably be getting most if not all of it back anyway. Right, but if you take in a small amount of tax that you're not getting now for however many thousand illegal immigrants you've got in your country, that's actually a fair chunk of change, and ...
by Ari
Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Illegal Immigration.
Replies: 498
Views: 42257

Re: Illegal Immigration.

Hence why many hospitals in the southern United States are closing down, and why this illegal immigration issue is such an issue. It's why a lot of people think the only solution is to kick them out -- because they're draining resources from a system that wasn't intended for them. If they got minim...
by Ari
Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10492

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

What skeptic of AGW in their right mind would say we shouldn't stop pollution? Despite what proponents of AGW seem to say, I've never heard a skeptic say "just pollute away!". The out right zealotry I've seen from some supporters of AGW has always taken me aback. ... I'm personally still ...
by Ari
Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51442

Re: Genders and Gender roles

But the feminist insistence on completely rewriting human nature ("Yeah, let's have men who don't get turned on when they see an attractive naked lady!") and strongarm culture ("Misogynist and rape jokes will forever be a thing of the past!") scare me. Really scare me. These fee...
by Ari
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No sane and rational person
Replies: 88
Views: 8654

Re: No sane and rational person

Your title is just a bit misleading, by the way. :)
by Ari
Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51442

Re: Genders and Gender roles

These statements seem to be at odds with each other. The movement does not exist independently of its members, and most organizations with truly abhorrent philosophies and practices have pleasant sounding mission statements. For example, are we supposed to embrace with open arms a religion that bel...
by Ari
Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51442

Re: Genders and Gender roles

My personal experience is that the vast majority of feminists are not only totally cool, they really do get male concerns if you explain them properly and not from an "us against them" attitude. ... That said, that sort of case is very, very rare, and I think most cases where women cross ...
by Ari
Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51442

Re: Genders and Gender roles

There it is again. I'm sorry, but sexism is sexism. The idea that "sexism is okay in the short term, until things get better", is just wrong. The same people who institutionalize the sexism to begin with will make sure that, by their standards, things never "get better" -- and t...
by Ari
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Illegal Immigration.
Replies: 498
Views: 42257

Re: Illegal Immigration.

Let's see. Current situation: Illegal immigrants living tax-free in our country and draining our resources. If they want to get legal, they have to jump through all sorts of hoops, probably get denied, and possibly draw attention to themselves and get thrown out, a risk and hassle most of them are ...
by Ari
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51442

Re: Genders and Gender roles

While segregation based on gender, race, or how funny people look is looked down upon, I am not going to tell private property owners and private institutions that they aren't allowed to do so. It's their choice to make, not ours. They should be free to decide who they allow, and that's a decision ...
by Ari
Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51442

Re: Genders and Gender roles

It does raise issues. For instance does anti-discrimination law allow the country to require the Catholic Church to ordinate female priests? Or does freedom of religion win? In the USA freedom of religion wins. As well it should - after all freedom of religion is in the Constitution while most anti...
by Ari
Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is "patriotism"?
Replies: 86
Views: 8547

Re: What is "patriotism"?

I'm surprised by all the controversy here... oh, wait, it's just people who don't like the idea of nationalism hating on those that do. And a little bit of vice versa. Patriotism is very simple: it's putting your nation's (patria, Latin) interests above your own. It's being a team player, when the ...
by Ari
Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Honesty
Replies: 79
Views: 12462

Re: Honesty

This cause I thought it was relevant to what I was about to say, not just cause it's xkcd on an xkcd forum http://xkcd.com/222/ anyways, I generally find myself just saying whatever comes to mind first, instead of what comic-randall does. I mean, if it's the truth, coolio, if it isn't, well, does i...
by Ari
Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Argggh! Irritating Coworker
Replies: 29
Views: 3478

Re: Argggh! Irritating Coworker

Given that this seems to be moving a little to the general situation of irritating coworker syndrome, here's a really good article on dealing with irresponsible people I read a while ago.
by Ari
Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51442

Re: Genders and Gender roles

In addition to Quixotess's list of feminist blogs, I also recommend Angry Black Bitch. It's humorous, engaging, and pretty easy on newcomers. Additionally, it also incorporates racial issues analysis, seeing as how black feminists are still a rather underrepresented sector of the feminist movement....
by Ari
Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10492

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

Oh, excuse me Vaniver, I wasn't paying enough attention when I replied, I guess. Looking at it now I see you're highlighting the inconsistency between my comment about lack of cooling and the fact that we've had a year that, in the short term, looks really cool. While my earlier reply is still relev...
by Ari
Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is "patriotism"?
Replies: 86
Views: 8547

Re: What is "patriotism"?

Patriotism, as far as I am concerned, is synonymous with nationalism, that sounds a bit nicer. That is to say, it is the belief that your country is better than others, for whatever reason. It is dangerous, in my opinion, because it implies an air of superiority over other people from other places,...
by Ari
Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51442

Re: Genders and Gender roles

Apologies for the long post... it's easier for me than coming back to a thread again and again :) For a start, the name suggests that Quixotess is a woman, not a man. Secondly I am responding to the claim that You will not hear a feminist argue that men do not deserve their rights. That claim is fac...
by Ari
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0395: "Morning"
Replies: 150
Views: 28335

Re: "Morning" Discussion

Degaussing the matrix would make for a spectacular light show. Dude, what did you think the Aurora Borealis is ? :lol: Fix'd You forgot to add Aurora Australis. :) I believe the technical term for this is "macular degeneration." There's no end to the technology jokes you can make about Th...
by Ari
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Kosovo?
Replies: 72
Views: 7991

Re: Kosovo?

I think you're dangerously wrong: ownership of history is inextricably tied up with ownership of land. The (original and only good part of my) German example, I think, shows this pretty well: Budvar (now Czechvar in America) and Pilseners are unmistakably 'Czech' in the common narrative, but both w...
by Ari
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10492

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

I was under the impression that this year was one of the coldest years in recent memory. It's still well within the lower-bounds of our trend, but yes, it has been cooler. That's why "global warming" is a misleading name. (it can still be quite cold in specific places and for specific tim...
by Ari
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is your (current) philosophy?
Replies: 81
Views: 8980

Re: What is your (current) philosophy?

Life is difficult, but we're around to give it meaning and define it. And that is much, much cooler than us not being around, so everything else is gravy. It's also a zero-sum game: You don't get to be happy without the risk of being sad, you don't get to be extremely wealthy without making people p...
by Ari
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Wanting to learn German again . . .
Replies: 25
Views: 5097

Re: Wanting to learn German again . . .

Please forget about learning "Street German". It's ugly, it's incorrect, it's full of empty phrases and some tough swears. Nobody with a sense for the language would ever respect you. So please don't do it. Seconded! You would really make a very bad impression on the people you talk to, i...
by Ari
Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 51442

Re: Genders and Gender roles

And, yet, they do argue this. [ Female superiority over men - Ari ] Feminists talking about men accused of being rapists, and when it becomes clear that the men are NOT rapists, they talk about these men deserving to be convicted anyway. Feminists describing ALL men as rapists, all sex as rape. Fem...
by Ari
Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0394: "Kilobyte"
Replies: 138
Views: 41342

Re: "Kilobyte" Discussion

1012? What kind of compromise is that? An average I believe you're specifically referring to a mean. It can't be just any average, as a median or a mode are both impossible to take from just two values, and in fact a mode is impossible to take from any set that involves purely unique values. ;) Who...
by Ari
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 45772

Re: Ultimate Game

I'm not a big D&D fan (I've actually never played) but all the tributes to Gary have been really, really great. As far as geekery goes, he's pretty much one of the founding fathers, so I'll pay my respects too.

Rest in peace, dude. :)
by Ari
Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is space/time truly continuous?
Replies: 78
Views: 9580

Re: Is space/time truly continuous?

Cycle wrote:Aren't you implicitly assuming that the world on the quantum scale works the same as Euclidean geometry, which is essentially assuming what you're trying to prove?


This is generally called "Begging the Question", fyi. :)
by Ari
Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Kosovo?
Replies: 72
Views: 7991

Re: Kosovo?

That's it, right there. Suppose, just for the sake of argument, that the chronology were reversed, and the Civil War had come after the Wright brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk. I do feel some joint pride for my countrymen having been the first to fly their planes, but if the outer banks were in the C...
by Ari
Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)
Replies: 61
Views: 13217

Re: I feel like my friend is joining a cult (homeopathy)

There is empirical evidence that antidepressants work. Often they are seratonin reuptake inhibitors, and a serotonin-rich synapse allows for easier passage of an electrical impulse from dendrite to dendrite. You wouldn't tell a diabetic that their insulin was just a placebo, would you? The brain is...
by Ari
Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Politics of Religion (from the Science forum)
Replies: 37
Views: 3459

Re: The Earth Is 6,000 Years Old

I've been battling with this idea myself recently; rationalizing evolutionism with Christianity. I decided that evolution does not have to compromise faith. Isn't God designing a concept as self-policing and cool as evolution just as fascinating as God coming up with all those creatures a priori? T...
by Ari
Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?
Replies: 139
Views: 10492

Re: Climate Change: How can I argue for it?

Firstly- don't focus on agreement among Scientists. Laymen don't respect that, especially seeing scientists are not agreed. There's a handful of skeptics, sure, but they're not even the important disagreement. There is the majority consensus, that AGW is a long-term problem. And then there's the cut...
by Ari
Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Media Self Censorship Surrounding sensitive issues
Replies: 19
Views: 3114

Re: Media Self Censorship Surrounding sensitive issues

If the military doesn't disclose some information to the media, it could be commiting genocide without your knowledge, torturing prisoners, commiting sexual abuse or rape, etc... Military data being open to the media helps keep them accountable, just like any other part of society. I think it's rel...
by Ari
Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting methods: Approval and Condorcet
Replies: 24
Views: 4273

Re: Voting methods: Approval and Condorcet

The electors are just another layer that makes the election indirect rather than direct. You don't have to change them to intiate meaningful voting reform, and if you did change them, the best bet would simply be to abolish them altogether.

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