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by Dazmilar
Tue May 20, 2008 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Flat Tax[?]
Replies: 132
Views: 8736

Re: Flat Tax[?]

What a wonderful world some of you must life in, where the rich run around all day in yachts and ferraris, pay no taxes, and have access to some sort of magic investment club where all investments make money and none ever lose money. Most people, when it comes to the notion of paying their fair shar...
by Dazmilar
Mon May 19, 2008 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Convince me to read
Replies: 41
Views: 4358

Re: Convince me to read

I wouldn't get in an uproar because someone said they taught themselves how to read at an early age. However rare, it is possible, and it's not like any of our childhoods is so well documented that we can offer up video evidence of said reading. My older brother taught himself how to read. My mom sa...
by Dazmilar
Fri May 16, 2008 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lowering the speed limit...
Replies: 48
Views: 5685

Re: Lowering the speed limit...

This is a classic example of hopping onto some hot-button issue for your own purposes. The people who want a national speed limit of 55 mph didn't suddenly develop that desire. They've wanted it for years, and now because of rising gas prices, they adapt an issue that everyone is feeling and use it ...
by Dazmilar
Wed May 07, 2008 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Top 10 social justice issues of our time
Replies: 87
Views: 16732

Re: Top 10 social justice issues of our time

Trying to steer away from the common answers to a question like this. 1. Global Warming. Regardless of whether you believe it is man-made or not, global warming could affect a number of social issues, including water availability, food availability, and increased sea levels. 2. Environmental Racism....
by Dazmilar
Sat May 03, 2008 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A modified version of a previous question
Replies: 16
Views: 1774

Re: A modified version of a previous question

While I hesitate to bring religion or God into this question, I'm inclined to agree with SabreKGB on this one, that the OP appears to be fishing for that type of answer. This to me seems to be backed up by OP's starting of a new thread about the same topic to get away from the evolution-based answer...
by Dazmilar
Fri May 02, 2008 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Recommend me an awesome graphic novel
Replies: 232
Views: 129739

Re: Recommend me an awesome graphic novel

Sometimes it depends on what you're looking for. I enjoyed Mouseguard: Fall 1152, but it's not very impressive in terms of the story. I love the artwork, though.
by Dazmilar
Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is it an evolutionary advantage to have a self?
Replies: 25
Views: 2913

Re: Why is it an evolutionary advantage to have a self?

I don't know if you'd call ants and other insects from complex hive structures social animals, when everything they do is based on a series of complex chemical signals. And I'd say that concept of self exists before the concept of the other. That is, that one must first be aware that one is an indiv...
by Dazmilar
Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is it an evolutionary advantage to have a self?
Replies: 25
Views: 2913

Re: Why is it an evolutionary advantage to have a self?

If by self you mean self-aware, then you are incorrect in assuming humans are the only species that exhibit self-awareness. Dolphins, apes, and elephants all can be shown to exhibit self-awareness. They all can consistently pass the mirror test, that is, they can recognize that the animal being refl...
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A modern day revolution.
Replies: 53
Views: 5544

Re: A modern day revolution.

It's easier to picture an armed revolution in the USA than some other countries for the simple reason that's already been stated: Americans have a lot of guns. There's no particular reason to revolt, of course. Even for the people who think the world's ending because a Republican is elected, or the ...
by Dazmilar
Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and the 20th century
Replies: 42
Views: 5025

Re: Atheism and the 20th century

I think the argument that Atheism has a greater responsibility probably reads better if you think of it as moral atheists have a greater responsibility than moral (insert whatever religion we're bashing here). Why? Because even though the major religions may teach the importance of making the world ...
by Dazmilar
Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite poem(s)?
Replies: 115
Views: 19882

Re: Favourite poem(s)?

What T. S. Eliot does in his work tends more towards intertextuality than allusion. The purpose isn't to draw feelings or ideas from other works in an effort to show off in some sort of literary mental masturbation. He's creating a link between his work and the works of past authors, and the design ...
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English Grammar Reference Guide Needed.
Replies: 4
Views: 1751

Re: English Grammar Reference Guide Needed.

A good collegiate dictionary is a start. The Chicago Manual of Style is pretty handy. You might try Fowler's Modern English Usage, as well.
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning English hasn't taught me English (rant)
Replies: 35
Views: 4203

Re: Learnign English hasn't taught me English (rant)

My apologies. Primary and high school in USA, Delaware. High school from 1996 to 2000. High school consisted of Freshmen Lit, American Lit, British Lit, and in senior year, either World Lit, AP English, or Creative and Critical Writing. Of course, you could take more than one English course senior y...
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning English hasn't taught me English (rant)
Replies: 35
Views: 4203

Re: Learnign English hasn't taught me English (rant)

It would seem to me to be very difficult to draw any wide conclusions about English in schools based on your specific experience. I'm guessing you're talking about elementary school through high school? At the middle school level, my classes were divided into English and Reading, with the former foc...
by Dazmilar
Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14624

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

Quixotess keeps saying "restrain" the criminal without any realistic concept of how -hard- it is to restrain someone who doesn't want to be restrained. Police Officers carry batons and tasers because criminals often have to be subdued. That is, harmed, until the criminals stop resisting ar...
by Dazmilar
Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14624

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

Reliance on a police officer to help you in that scenario is relying on law enforcement, which suggests, the very real possibility that something is going to be "enforced." Any brand of pacifism that only works if you rely on others to do your violence for you isn't real pacifism. And if y...
by Dazmilar
Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14624

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

If you know beforehand that the only possible outcomes to your action are either submission of the other party or violence, and that violence will also advance your goals, then calling your protest non-violent can only be done so in the most hypocritical of senses. And other examples besides sit-ins...
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14624

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

Absolute pacifism does not exist. But the attempt for it is immoral. Neither Martin Luther King Jr., nor Gandhi, nor Jesus, truly practiced non-violence, but the concept of non-violence has been attributed to their tactics for dealing with oppression, racism, what-have-you. The only truly way a pers...
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5223

Re: an old rant on the use of case

I suggest a compromise, then. I'll agree to being both pompous and arrogant if you agree to being an amateur. I also disagree with you, SpitValve, on the subject that writing should be accessible to the lowest common denominator. There are plenty of examples of writing that is layered, complex, diff...
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5223

Re: an old rant on the use of case

Nothing screams amateur like a writer noting their copyright. We know it's copyrighted. You published it on the forum. It may not hold up in court as well as something that's been formally submitted for copyright, but that's for lawyers to argue. If you were sending out a finished manuscript to an a...
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: an old rant on the use of case
Replies: 42
Views: 5223

Re: an old rant on the use of case

This reads like the prattling of a pretentious, pseudo-intellectual hipster-doofus. No offense. The person who writes in all lower case because they are flailing against the system misses the point entirely. This is like the person who is pre-occupied with the idea of being a writer, rather than act...
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The English Language is Disappearing
Replies: 40
Views: 5338

Re: The English Language is Disappearing

Just wanted to point out that English of the 14th century isn't really "Old English." Chaucer is Middle English, and reading Canterbury Tales in Middle English is not only possible, but a common high school level assignment. If you were suddenly transported back to 14th century England, yo...
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anagram question
Replies: 16
Views: 6508

Re: Anagram question

There are some words with double vowels where you can rearrange the vowels and get the same word, but it is a successful rearrangement of letters. If you count those, you can get above 6 variations. Door, for instance, gives you 8, but only 4 words.

Door
Door
Rood
Rood
Odor
Odor
Ordo
Ordo
by Dazmilar
Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Gender Neutral Third Person Singular Pronoun
Replies: 64
Views: 9961

Re: Gender Neutral Third Person Singular Pronoun

How exactly is someone supposed to argue against the accusation that gender-specific language will subtlely or sub-consciously make them sexist? I find the sentence "All men are created equal," to be both more powerful and elegant than "All people are created equal." The assumpti...
by Dazmilar
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Pre-Ordering Books?
Replies: 12
Views: 1981

Re: Pre-Ordering Books?

Well there are key differences between nonfiction and fiction when it comes to payment. An advance in a nonfiction book may very well come before the book is written, but not so in a typical fiction publishing deal. And if you have a work-for-hire situation (Hardy Boys, Babysitter's Club, whatever),...
by Dazmilar
Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Pre-Ordering Books?
Replies: 12
Views: 1981

Re: Pre-Ordering Books?

Pre-ordering doesn't affect the author's royalties. The reason why you see larger chains able to offer large discounts has to do with how the publishing business works. The publisher's discount to booksellers is a sliding scale based on how many books are being ordered. For instance, your independen...
by Dazmilar
Sat Mar 29, 2008 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 39731

Re: His Dark Materials

I'm glad I'm not the only one who was not moved by the supposed love story in His Dark Materials. Pullman may have decided to state near the end of The Amber Spyglass, "Oh yeah, they're in love," but the entire relationship throughout the second and third books reads more like the developm...

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