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by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

*shrug* People dismiss small arms all the time, but...modern asymmetric warfare basically revolves around the resistance using primarily small arms and improvised weapons. They can and do mount major conflicts against world powers in this way. The thing about asymmetric warfare, or insurrections, i...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Many of those quotes are miss attributed to me. Please fix. I hate to bring this up, but we may actually need these guns to take back the country from a dictatorship we are very close to electing. The USA army is so massive and technically advanced with so many different machines of war, that the i...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

The evidence that has come forth for Mateen don't seem to show any real homophobic leanings, and in fact tend to show he was fairly comfortable interacting/socializing with homosexual people. A gay man struggling to come to terms with his own sexuality, embedded in a culture that is inherently homo...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Turns out, due process is a thing in this country, you can't actually violate guaranteed rights based on suspicions, thoughtcrime or having a suspicious name. Yeah, the issue here isn't with the due process part. But the fact that one of the guaranteed rights, at least as view by the result of the ...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Woah. Are you actually positing the idea, that someone can go to a gay establishment, for the express purpose of killing gay people, and not be homophobic? Challenged "for the express purpose of killing gay people". I feel like I am Alice in wonderland. Why do you think he went there with...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Copper Bezel wrote:
BattleMoose wrote:Woah. Are you actually positing the idea, that someone can go to a gay establishment, for the express purpose of killing gay people, and not be homophobic?
I didn't assume the Aurora shooter was a film critic.


I get the impression you are trying to communicate but, its just not working.
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1161
Views: 157373

Re: British EU referendum in June

Science and Brexit: Okay a bit late to the discussion on this but a fair bit to add. I am a sciencer and work at a well respected science department at an Australian university. In the department we have a very large number of foreign scientists from the EU and other places. We particularly have a l...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Homosexuals often make the worst homophobes. Considering how homophobic he was, its really not surprising that the target of his violence was a gay night club. Please elaborate. How were they homophobic? Woah. Are you actually positing the idea, that someone can go to a gay establishment, for the e...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Homosexuals often make the worst homophobes. Considering how homophobic he was, its really not surprising that the target of his violence was a gay night club.
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Witnessed continued discrimination against Muslims, both foreign and domestic. Hated watching their story repeat in others (possibly especially their child). Cannot explain the target. Why there? Of all the unknowns in this story, target selection isn't one of them. Because he is a homophobic cunt?...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

How is this even a discussion. If people are choosing to carry out attacks with assault rifles, its because they think assault rifles are the best tool for their purposes because of reasons that they have. Take that tool away from them and then they are forced to go to their second choice of tool wi...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

This is something that must be learned, and is largely a result of the culture that surrounds you. There are tons of people who still see it as an illness to be cured, including in the West, and like others in this thread have mentioned, Hence the importance to talk about it. Basically, if you want...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jun 17, 2016 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Accident, would you care to elucidate? Sure. I thought that there was going to be some cool story how a translation was wrong or someone tripped and the legislature didn't get passed or something. But that's just hand waving. Legislature generally fairly accurately represents the values of the cult...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Nope. Note, state sanctioned . Not sure how relevant that is: There is only one Jewish state, and it happens through an accident of history not to support violence against homosexuals currently. Accident, would you care to elucidate? But there are plenty of Christian and Atheist states that support...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

My position is that, because of the diversity of opinions within different religious traditions, there's no meaningful question of whether Islam or Judaism or what-have-you are "equal in homophobia." The only sensible answer you could give is "It depends on which Muslims/Jews/whomeve...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

My position is that, because of the diversity of opinions within different religious traditions, there's no meaningful question of whether Islam or Judaism or what-have-you are "equal in homophobia." The only sensible answer you could give is "It depends on which Muslims/Jews/whomeve...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

I don't hold that the relationship between homophobia and Islam is one of mere coincidence, although I don't take it as a given "the religion commonly upholds as virtuous ... acts of violence" — I've already explained that I find this way of speaking confused. My actual belief on this mat...
by BattleMoose
Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Sorry, hating gay people is not now, never has been, and never will be a Christian thing. Yup. Well, in accordance with the correct interpretation of the religion. Unfortunately there are very many "not competent" Christians who don't understand their religion properly or use it as an exc...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

What "statistics" are you referring to, The proportion of Muslims who view homosexuality as immoral. ...which is pretty much irrelevant to the issue of causation , which is what you claimed. Firstly, I never claimed causation. And secondly, correlation is not irrelevant at all, in fact, i...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

This argument is really baffling in a thread dealing with a specifically American tragedy. You say American tragedy I say homosexual tragedy. If talking about sources of homophobia is baffling to you then be baffled. You understand that there are Americans who have been effectively celebrating this...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

What "statistics" are you referring to, The proportion of Muslims who view homosexuality as immoral. Islam may have abhorrent beliefs and practices, but that's not what's under discussion. Rather, it is your contention that Islam is causing the United States to hate LGBTQ people. Actually...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Rather the hypothesis is that views on homosexuality (like other moral views) get passed down alongside religious traditions, so that views on homosexuality will not be randomly distributed vis-á-vis religion but will instead tend to maintain relatively stable patterns. Bingo. And this tends to be ...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

As far as I'm aware there's only one sense in which I could mean this. Actually you are only asserting there isn't. While everyone is aware that correlation doesn't mean causation, it does raise questions. Like why are the overwhelming majority of Muslims homophobic? Similarly are state sanctioned ...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

As I've been at pains to say in this thread already, there is a big difference between saying that a lot of Muslims are homophobic and reifying "Islam" as a uniform source of homophobia. Muslims overwhelmingly say that homosexual behavior is morally wrong. (Not my words) http://www.pewfor...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

But recognize the influence and impact Islam Christianity has had in expressing revulsion for lgbtq people. FTFY. Why single out a specific (foreign) religion when it's a big part of the (default national) religion too? Jose Because similar statistics don't hold true for Christianity. Unless you ha...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: US Anti-LGBT policy lead to 50 dead in Orlando Nightclub Shooting

I am absolutely not saying that this specific act was inspired by Islam. But recognising the impact that Islam has had in cultivating the soil, as it were. And I refer to Islam more as a culture than a religion. Based on how people act and think, what laws are made and how they are enforced. And wh...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 58772

Re: Terror attack on Orlando gay club

So if you've ever stood in the way of lgbtq rights, if you've ever expressed revulsion at lgbtq people or public displays of their love, you're part of the soil this shooting grew from. I absolutely agree with this sentiment. But recognise the influence and impact Islam has had in expressing revuls...
by BattleMoose
Tue May 17, 2016 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 19084

Re: energy currency?

Very late to this thread but pretty awful idea I think. Firstly, the value of electricity can vary wildly over the course of even a day, by a factor of 100 or more! Not to end users, but for electricity producers and energy contractors that sell to energy suppliers. At night, 3-5 am, power producers...
by BattleMoose
Tue May 17, 2016 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Differences in media consumption-library thread spin off
Replies: 92
Views: 13108

Re: Should all public libraries be closed?

Well, in the summary sentence for starters - Yeah, the title. Also focus on the word, probably . Also, I am not going to take my science from reading titles of journalism pieces. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/97/a6/c3/97a6c3c0abaae20f3985cb63c3eb9b07.jpg I may have misspoken. The articl...
by BattleMoose
Tue May 17, 2016 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Differences in media consumption-library thread spin off
Replies: 92
Views: 13108

Re: Should all public libraries be closed?

No, it does I missed that part, where did that happen? - I'm not saying that 'intellectually demanding activities' don't make you tired, I'm saying that they don't consume a different amount of calories. Which is exactly what the article stated. Specifically where? Because, it didn't when I read it...
by BattleMoose
Tue May 17, 2016 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Differences in media consumption-library thread spin off
Replies: 92
Views: 13108

Re: Should all public libraries be closed?

Especially considering 'thinking hard' doesn't actually increase caloric load, and please pardon the actual pop-science article. I don't think that that article at all, supports what you are claiming that it does. Some choice quotes: "University, for example, volunteers that completed a series...
by BattleMoose
Mon May 16, 2016 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Differences in media consumption-library thread spin off
Replies: 92
Views: 13108

Re: Should all public libraries be closed?

And any information that has not yet been digitized from journals and such sources was simply not seen by your colleagues. I work in a very respectable department doing science stuff. And can confirm that if it isn't digitized, it might as well not exist. That's not to say that old works are just d...
by BattleMoose
Mon May 02, 2016 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should all public libraries be closed?
Replies: 59
Views: 19232

Re: Should all public libraries be closed?

One point that has only been very lightly touched upon, is that libraries serve as a quiet place for study. For unrelated reasons I was touring the Melbourne State Library, it is a destination in its own right. But there wasn't an empty desk, and there were many desks. But it was crammed with univer...
by BattleMoose
Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 28244

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

Why didn't it work like this? In many ways it did. Aircrew were explicitly assigned targets. As it should be. Aircrew only engaged targets after they had been explicitly given permission to do so. As it should be. I also want you to appreciate, that it was absolutely impossible to determine, from t...
by BattleMoose
Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 28244

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

Certainly other people could know. In the end though the air crew pulls the trigger. Assuming that an error has been made, they have the last chance to fix it. What do you mean, could know ? You just don't get it. It is the job of other people to know. They need to know. It is the responsibility to...
by BattleMoose
Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 28244

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

It hinges on what they should have known and why they didn't. What should they have known? Why specifically did they need to know it? Why couldn't others in the command chain need to know it? Why did the aircrew have to know it in lieu of those higher up in the command chain? You recognize their ac...
by BattleMoose
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 28244

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

"I was just following procedure" should not be a viable defense when it's clear that exercising your brain would have saved lives. And its not. It needs pointing out that with the other emergency services, exercising caution is usually always the right option. If soldiers exercise too muc...
by BattleMoose
Fri Oct 23, 2015 4:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 28244

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

There are a few things that are critically different for the air crew than from the hypothetical surgeon. The aircrew are legally obliged to perform the task that is asked of them. And there is a critical time sensitivity. (Although I am sure we can conjure a medical scenario with similar time sensi...
by BattleMoose
Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 28244

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

Who has the most information? Who can actually see the target? Who pulls the trigger? Who is the last line of defense against a mistake? The aircrew. They make the kill. In the end they go to bed every night knowing that they did it. Everyone up and down the line shares the responsibility. But they...
by BattleMoose
Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital
Replies: 170
Views: 28244

Re: US military kills at least 22 in MSF hospital

I don't see why we should abandon that principle for the military. I tried to explain why it is just impossibly unworkable. I don't understand where you are losing me. We have been working for centuries on what constitutes reasonable conduct of war, international treaties and laws, none of which th...

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