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by Enuja
Fri May 29, 2009 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Military Draft
Replies: 124
Views: 10147

Re: Military Draft

I was going to post that I was surprised at the level of draft-dodging-ness in a place where I'd assume there would be a lot of geeky military history types: and then I read on and saw that the thread devolved into military history/opinion, with dodgers having opinions about military philosophies (a...
by Enuja
Fri May 29, 2009 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ambigram Generator
Replies: 19
Views: 5208

Re: Ambigram Generator

My first name is "June";* all by itself, it makes a fantastic Ambigram! When I combine my spouse's middle name, used as a first name (Charles) and my name, the program does ambigrams for "June" "and" and "Charles", but with his actual first name (Erin) it look...
by Enuja
Thu May 28, 2009 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3527471

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Because male posturing so often leads to violence, I think that a male protector is almost always counter-productive. Since we're responding to an anecdote, let's make this anecdote more general (not talking about mrbaggin's ex-girlfriend and her date). It's the end of date and the guy who paid is i...
by Enuja
Thu May 28, 2009 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3527471

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

On the cup ... I think I figured out my problem. I have a really short vagina, and I think I was pushing the cup to/past my cervix. Spoilered for possible TMI I intimately know the shape and feel of my cervix, but I had not yet been convinced that it was actually my cervix, because it's so far f...
by Enuja
Thu May 28, 2009 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3527471

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

On the War Against Male Privilege and Misogyny ... I'm currently reading "Ethical Slut" ( Wikipedia and Amazon ), and it's really interesting that my husband (who bought the book for a history paper he is writing) is understanding my approach to sex and relationships and gender much, much ...
by Enuja
Tue May 26, 2009 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 35467

Re: Utility of Religion

guenther, you're making a weaker and weaker argument, to the point that you not now really arguing anything about religion at all, much less the utility of religion. So I've been looking at, and making a case for, the utility which can be scientifically measured. My belief is that sustaining a stron...
by Enuja
Sat May 23, 2009 3:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your voice!
Replies: 458
Views: 90867

Re: Post your voice!

So here I am, reading the sample from the speech accent archive (just on to my computer, not really for the archive).

speech accent archive.mp3
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by Enuja
Sat May 23, 2009 2:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actual Drnukenness!
Replies: 1358
Views: 345574

Re: The drnuk thread

I'm grading .... drunk. I had two beers while hanging with graduate students and professors in the department: a regular Friday afternoon thing. I know I can only handle one beer, but, noooooo, I had to mention that I was thinking of having another beer but I know that one is really all that's a goo...
by Enuja
Wed May 20, 2009 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Ignorance a Requirement of Good Science?
Replies: 18
Views: 3205

Re: Is Ignorance a Requirement of Good Science?

People do often do things like splitting a huge data set in half (or big chunk and small chunk or whatever) and using one chunk to formulate a hypothesis and one chunk to test the hypothesis (usually, this hypothesis is a mathematical model). Just because "you know" something doesn't mean ...
by Enuja
Fri May 15, 2009 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Children's Personal Freedom
Replies: 11
Views: 1865

Re: Children's Personal Freedom

In the United States, it is sometimes possible for a 12-17 year old to go to a court and get a judge to emancipate them. It doesn't happen often, but living on your own and wanting to continue to do so is one possible way to convince a judge to emancipate you. When he was 13 or so, my spouse went to...
by Enuja
Mon May 11, 2009 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wikipedia fails again
Replies: 44
Views: 11192

Re: Wikipedia fails again

Vanvier, a fair number of experts try to add their own expertise to Wikipedia without citing sources. Wikipedia is a tertiary source: even if you know something for certain, you have to publish it elsewhere before you can mention it in Wikipedia. I think that it is useful to have collaboratively edi...
by Enuja
Sat May 09, 2009 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Moving to Chicago
Replies: 5
Views: 654

Re: Moving to Chicago

It was fascinating to see this thread, because I, too, am moving to Chicago this summer. I'm moving to live with my spouse, who has been a graduate student for the past year. He has been living in an "SRO" (Single Room Occupancy) building, and he's not even allowed to have guests in the ro...
by Enuja
Thu May 07, 2009 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wikipedia fails again
Replies: 44
Views: 11192

Re: Wikipedia fails again

I really love Wikipedia, and I don't think that it has any serious, systemic problems that need to be fixed. Yes, it's got a lot of articles that are really bad from a large number of perspectives, but I don't think that this is a fatal flaw. Wikipedia is a tertiary source of highly variable quality...
by Enuja
Mon May 04, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eating and Body Image Disorders
Replies: 1
Views: 833

Re: Eating and Body Image Disorders

There is a thread about eating disorders in the Dear SB forum. In the thread are discussions of eating disorders from people struggling with them, and since the OP there says that it's place for people to ask questions, I'd suggest you read that thread and then ask any questions you have there.
by Enuja
Mon May 04, 2009 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of Industriousness
Replies: 8
Views: 2654

Re: Value of Industriousness

I absolutely agree that work is good for getting rewards, and people should do work to get rewards. I also think that leisure is good for getting other rewards, and that people should also relax.
by Enuja
Fri May 01, 2009 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favourite popular science magazine?
Replies: 20
Views: 1750

Re: Favourite popular science magazine?

I had a subscription to Scientific American when I was in high school and for some time after, but I started wishing I had something more in depth. I haven't bought a new subscription to anything, but I really like American Scientist; it's broad, in depth, but not too technical.
by Enuja
Fri May 01, 2009 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change / Global Warming
Replies: 257
Views: 54201

Re: Climate Change / Global Warming

People do look at the effects of local temperature changes on ecology and the like. The local temperature changes are facts, while the correlation between the local temperature changes and the local ecology require multiple areas with variation in both local temperature change and local ecology chan...
by Enuja
Fri May 01, 2009 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change / Global Warming
Replies: 257
Views: 54201

Re: Climate Change / Global Warming

I agree that lake eutrophication shouldn't be blamed soley on global warming, and causation for one specific event from global warming is problematic. Causation for trends is much more supportable. Others have covered that well. However, MoghLiechty2 made a mistake no-one else has yet addressed. And...
by Enuja
Fri May 01, 2009 7:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Social Protocol for Club/Bar Dancing?
Replies: 27
Views: 2697

Re: Social Protocol for Club/Bar Dancing?

Well, there don't appear to be a lot of people chiming in in this thread who go to regular clubs, and many of them really are skeezy pick-up joints. However, I did once make a friend with whom I traded emails about turf grass, industrial chemistry, and smoking laws at a goth club. He eyed me, we dan...
by Enuja
Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Social Protocol for Club/Bar Dancing?
Replies: 27
Views: 2697

Re: Social Protocol for Club/Bar Dancing?

My spouse has had time periods where he went to a club two to three times a week and danced by himself for hours. He was doing it when he was living in Salt Lake City and I was living in Southern California. It was funny: when I told me mother, she was worried, because that MUST mean he was cruising...
by Enuja
Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let the cat speak!
Replies: 89
Views: 14343

Re: Let the cat speak!

I have trained my cats not to speak. They don't step on the keyboard anymore. I've got one curled happily on my lap, and have no interest in moving her. She does regularly shove the keyboard tray back under the desk, though. Okay, she just jumped off my lap: I tried to put her on the keyboard, and a...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

In most mammals, males don't provide provisions for the young. Sear and Maceb 2008, referenced above, mentions evidence that human females do not usually "stay home and care for the young." They do care for the young, but they usually gather resources while doing so, and in so doing provid...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3527471

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

PictureSarah, my sister also wanted to an IUD in great part to get away from the hormones, but the amount of hormone released by IUDs is quite low (much, much lower than Depo shots), Wikipedia says 20 micrograms of levonorgestrel (a progestin) a day, so she went with it. However, she hadn't ever had...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

It would be much easier to convince me that men have a biological urge to care for children than it would be to convince me that men have a biological urge to provide resources to their biological offspring. Humans have been social for a very long time, and have needed to help each other, and the gr...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3527471

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

My sister loves her IUD, and essentially doesn't bleed at all anymore. Apparently, the hormones in the newer IUDs with hormones exist primarily to cut down on the cramping and bad periods that characterized IUDs that were just a copper "T". I just got me a Mooncup, and I practiced insertin...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I consider sending your biological children to college and creating large economic resources for them after you die to be completely cultural. As far as I know, no-one has any evidence to show that biological fathers have any biological urge to provide resources to their young. I know that there is ...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

To me, the question should be "how can we make the coercions that society enforces be ethical ones?" As long as society is social and supportive, it will be coercive, so the aim should be to come up with coercions that are the most ethical coercions possible. As far as social coercions go,...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

Yes, Izawwlgood, clearly, environment (nutrition, germs, ect) has a huge effect on health and longevity. When I'm talking about the evolution of aging, I'm talking about the heritable part of longevity. I really, really don't think that rich people would try to alter the system to re-create inherita...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I think sletzer777 addressed Izawwlgood's question about the evolution of aging. I'm willing to chime in a again if needed. Izawwlgood, both young women deciding the early pregnancy provides the best resources and young women simply not knowing better can explain the pattern that low education is co...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

Izawwlgood, setzer777 and SecondTalon, I'm not mistaken on the evolution of aging. In evolutionary theory, aging is a result of the declining power of natural selection as you've already had offspring and as your fertility declines. There's a lot of discussion about details about this, but the gener...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

"My system" was just a fun thought experiment, and I've abandoned it for a reason I put in the OP that no-one here focused on: the evolution problem. Right now women's fertility ends earlier than men's (and, interestingly, women live longer than men), but just as "my" system woul...
by Enuja
Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of Industriousness
Replies: 8
Views: 2654

Re: Moral Value of Industriousness

Yes, all of the my statements of the idea were synonymous, and no, I'm not talking about industry. I'm talking about taking hard work as a positive moral value. Why is it important? My first post is a little weak because I'm arguing against statements of the value of hard work, those statements are ...
by Enuja
Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3527471

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

I stopped shaving my upper legs a while ago, and it makes me nervous about swimming. The hair on my inner thighs is simply darker than the hair near my knees: it's a gradual transition, but it's noticeable. I've worn only once-piece Speedos for years, because I really, really like swimming when I'm ...
by Enuja
Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Value of Industriousness
Replies: 8
Views: 2654

Value of Industriousness

There are a bunch of different ways to ask this, and I'm interested in all of them. Is industriousness important? Is productivity important? Is hard work important? How about on the individual versus the societal level? I think that hard work is often necessary to get to certain goals, so I think th...
by Enuja
Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marijuana (Serious Business Style)
Replies: 95
Views: 10777

Re: Marijuana

People in politics and diplomacy have talked about legalizing or decriminalizing pot in the US as a way to cut down on the violence in Mexico. All Things Considered had a fascinating imaginary news story about the US after legalization of marijuana, and it did include some discussion of the expected...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3527471

Re: Woman Thread - The thread that gives (about once a month)

I've seen drawings and pictures of hymen, but I've never seen one. I never had any pain from fingering myself, and the first time I had sex didn't include any pain (well, except for the pain of my head hitting the wall behind me). I read around that time that not all women will ever notice their hym...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3527471

Re: Woman Thread - The thread that gives (about once a month)

I think that there are two types of girls: those who don't know where their vagina is, and those who don't believe in a hymen. I was the latter. I feel intense sympathy for those of you who are the former, and I want to help (even though many of you don't want help), but I don't know how. (Obviously...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I think that parents (including males, if males choose to be parents) are important to teach children skills and values and provide an emotionally and intellectually nurturing home, and my system preserves this: it's just that the parents are not biological parents. With biology unchanged and people...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

Individual autonomy and personal liberty are extremely high on my scale of values. I was just tossing that "pauper's prison" bit out to indicate that this was not a socialist idea. I'm not advocating a pauper's prison: I was just indicating that I might be willing to agree to have on. I th...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3969

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I want to make young pregnancy not foolish, but smart and normal. It already is smart for the economically disadvantaged, but our society as a whole doesn't approve.* So you fully suggest 100% equality? Everywhere. Meaning all schools are equal, all textbooks are equal, all subjects receive the same...

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