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by Steroid
Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

One thing that occurs to me as a possible aid (even though I genuinely don't think there's a problem), is what if, instead of calling them Coke and Diet Coke, we called the sugar-free one Coke and Coke Classic "Sweet Coke" or some such (And Pepsi, Sprite, etc.)? If people thought of the as...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

Ummmmm.... I still don't get your point. Does a 24 oz soda really make you that much more happy than a 16 oz one? How is this even about instant gratification verses long term consequences? I thought this was more about controlling how an addictive substance can be marketed and sold, which is done ...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

I'm not saying to go with instant gratification all the time. What I am asking is why the opinionistas--scientists, newspapermen, preachers, and mayors--never say to do it. It would give people license to be happy. Is that what we're trying to prevent?
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

But what I genuinely don't understand is the psychology behind preferring long-term health over instant gratification. I love instant gratification. The taste of something sweet to me is an actual pleasure, something that's real, direct, can be anticipated, and basically never fails. It seems to be ...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 70031

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

This comic ruins the joke about, "How can you not supporting putting up a statue to the man who killed Hitler?"
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic
Replies: 70
Views: 8100

Re: Where Microsoft is now becoming even more monopolistic

I might be reading this wrong, this is only an issue for a select few people. This is only for people who wish to dual boot windows 8 and another OS? I would wager almost all people who use an OS other than windows or iOS, build their own computers so they wouldn't be affected, right? As I'm readin...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

Stuff about his -- HIS! -- diabetes You -- YOU! -- aren't the only person in the world, and your -- YOUR! -- anecdote can't be universally applied to every human being. Obesity is one of the primary causes of our skyrocketing health care costs, which affects me -- ME! So if you don't care about me,...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

Steroid, I said that no-one was making you count calories or keep track of your sugar intake. That is entirely your decision. Using a racial slur against someone (to use your own example) is one person forcing the slur on another. If the ban was instituting a soda police force that would come and s...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

And no-one is making you. You go get your soda. You drink it. If you want more soda, you go and get more. Where is there any problem with that? Oh, I'm sorry. Did I miss where we switched to, "As long as no one is making you do something, there's no problem"? Great! Now I can go back and ...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

I'm not going to reply to Yurell, because clearly he's too ignorant or lying. See, I can treat you like shit too. The law is designed to ban half-litre container refills, not soft drink. First they came for the half-litre refills and I stayed quiet; I didn't drink that much coke. Then they came for ...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

You're missing or ignoring my point in favor of semantics. Fine, it's not tyranny. It's "whatever word will effect a reaction in the listener associating the act described with that which must be immediately and reflexively rejected, and classified as that-which-should-not-be-done." Evil, ...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

OK, I’m going to try to explain this without any more swearing. Not that I should have to. But we'll get to that. Soda is, to me, Americana. An ice-cold pop on a hot day is a tradition. I remember reading a story how, in World War II, Coca-Cola ensure that every soldier, no matter where he was stati...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

Really? This is what discourse has come to? If someone wants to limit the size with which you can purchase a soda then they are a tyrant? We need new words then for actual tyrants because your persecution complex could be the subject of a yo momma joke. Yes, God dammit, he's a fucking tyrant. He's ...
by Steroid
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 32855

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

More nanny-state crap from Bloomberg. Isn't this guy's term over yet? I seriously want to find this guy and down a 2-liter of Coke in front of him, the real cane-sugar shit you get down in Mexico. And I'm diabetic. Get a clue, fuckwad. It is my GOD GIVEN RIGHT to put whatever the hell I want into my...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

The whole thing could have been avoided by not insisting that you're a libertarian I guess, but maybe I'm projecting again. When you say you're positions are mostly liberal, or when you get them from a liberal epistemology, I'd just go ahead and say you were a liberal. But when I do that, people sa...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

Then it's a good thing for me tha I haven't done that. As I said, I'm lazy. If there's libertarianism, I don't have to think about politics. If there's capitalism, we get labor-saving devices and I can work swiftly to get it over with and enjoy the material pleasures it brings. An easy life all arou...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

If I've made my positions out to be lofty or noble, I have done so in error. They're not. They're simply useful positions for me to take. Giving them names only helps to understand how I reach them. Both a libertarian and a plutocrat might want lower taxes. I think that it's better to say why I want...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310454

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

And if he wins, I get four years of, "Don't blame me. I voted for Johnson."
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310454

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

When none of the countries that show a greater level of government expenditure as a share of GDP have collapsed from such, while remaining within the realm of "possible for the US to reach these levels", it does show us, with facts, that it is an unlikely event. If none of them collapsed ...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

No, I'm more than capable of seeing how someone can think of themselves as the only factor that matters, and everything else be damned if it benefits them. I don't doubt that you feel that way. What I'm pointing out is that your beliefs of such are not compatible with being concerned about rights, ...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 11:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

Except what I was pointing out is that you don't care about the rights of anyone else. You'd gladly give up the rights of others in order to further yourself. That's not concern with rights, that's concern with yourself. You've been masquerading as a libertarian, as someone who is rights-centric, b...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 11:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310454

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

How many times has the UK collapsed? France has had military and monarchy induced collapses, but they haven't had any collapses due to the size of government spending. Germany has been doing so well it was able to absorb a nation that was, in many senses, a collapsing state itself, and still contin...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

There is nowhere you can go where you will have an inherent right to deny other people rights. There is nowhere where that will be a good, acceptable thing to do. I don't think you can truly claim to care about rights, but instead self-interest. If you cared about rights , you'd care when rights we...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

To all of the people who are now forced to live in that fist-swinging community. People don't choose where they're born, you might notice. The whole principle of your new community is to create an area where you can deny rights to a specific subset of people because you want to. You have no inheren...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 10:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310454

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Name one thing the US government has done in the past 100 years that is worse than the millions of deaths a revolution would cause? Taxing me. Unless one of those millions of deaths is me. I am irrevocably convinced you are a troll. The alternative, that there is a human being walking around who th...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 10:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

No, that's not true in the least, because the the right to "[secede and create a] fist-swinging community" would be a right to deny rights to others. Which as I just went over, is not an inherent right. Denying rights to whom? The people left in the non-fist-swinging community? Or the peo...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 10:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310454

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Taxing you is not worse than killing millions of our fellow citizens. Once again, I take a rather different standard of "worse" than most. And that point is probably around the range of 70-80%, so.. yeah. Since most other countries (as I pointed out) with government spending south of 75% ...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 10:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

No. The idea is that oppressing groups of people isn't an inherent right, and that losing that power is not an infringement on your rights. Granting rights to people that does not interfere with your rights is not denying you your rights. Not in the least. What happened to "Your right to swing...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 10:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310454

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Name one thing the US government has done in the past 100 years that is worse than the millions of deaths a revolution would cause? Taxing me. Unless one of those millions of deaths is me. I take a rather different standard of "worse" than most. Also, the most likely outcome of a revoluti...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 9:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation
Replies: 97
Views: 11477

Re: Homophobic bigotry gets standing ovation

There still seems to be this idee fixe that happiness and life affirmation from anything inherent--race, gender, sexuality--are sacred human rights that must be protected, while happiness and life affirmation from anything chosen or artificial--religion, politics, money--are not rights at all and me...
by Steroid
Thu May 31, 2012 9:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310454

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

If that's the case, then it's better that Obama be re-elected. Then give Biden two terms. Maybe after that, when the government is 75% of the economy and the only way to get ahead is to become a bureaucrat, we'll wake up and nominate an actual right-winger. You are completely and utterly delusional...
by Steroid
Wed May 30, 2012 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310454

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Romney officially wins the nomination. Well, it's over, and though we had a few hopes, the GOP once again proves itself to be an old-boy's club. Romney came in second last time, so he gets to try now. McCain was second in 2000, so he got the nod in 2008. Bob Dole was a party stalwart. The only thin...
by Steroid
Mon May 28, 2012 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45505

Re: 1061: "EST"

Sometimes I think that the only reason XKCD runs "serious" comics like the radiation analysis and Money (980) is to fool us on something like this.
by Steroid
Fri May 25, 2012 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years later
Replies: 184
Views: 22991

Re: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years lat

I don't care if you are a minor, if you take away five years of someone's life because of a malicious lie, you are a despicable person whether you are 15 or 18. This isn't Christianity; repentance doesn't absolve you of you sins. Retribution for ruining someone's life is justified. The solution to ...
by Steroid
Sat May 12, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 42721

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

No. I want them to go off, form their own society, and be as intolerant of anything that disrupts their lifestyle as they have seen in this society. Or, stick around and keep things the way they were. Do anything you like, just stop making those who have the privilege and think they should keep it ...
by Steroid
Sat May 12, 2012 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 42721

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

Apply this to race. Or sex. Or hair color. It makes an equal amount of sense when applied to sexual orientation. What are you going to do with all these gay people? Genocide? No. I want them to go off, form their own society, and be as intolerant of anything that disrupts their lifestyle as they ha...
by Steroid
Sat May 12, 2012 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 42721

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

The difference between me and everyone else here is that everyone else says that while a government shouldn't interfere with or influence the second group, non-governmental structures should. If 200 people want to get together and form a non-governmental structure to interfere with or influence the...
by Steroid
Sat May 12, 2012 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 42721

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

Hi Steroid, you say that you want to reach a stage where we have all knowledge and don't need to think anymore. Whilst I completely disagree with you there, working on the idea that that is a good goal, presumably you'd want that stage to be humans having the factually correct knowledge and not jus...
by Steroid
Thu May 10, 2012 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 42721

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

(2) If your opposition is on the concept that people will now think about things, then you have absolutely zero sympathy from me on this point. In fact, you have the opposite -- I herald the day when people think about what they believe instead of just believing something because that's the 'defaul...
by Steroid
Thu May 10, 2012 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 42721

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

Well, I think they're separate issues. Equal protection under law should be granted immediately. Social change should happen completely divorced from that and, more importantly, should be adding, not altering. If we have a christian-normal community at first, we should move to a Christian-normal com...

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