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by eran_rathan
Thu May 10, 2012 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 41672

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

Not to speak for them, but at this point I'm fairly certain Steroid has clarified that they do understand, and that they're for equal protection and treatment under law. The issue they're raising is more about the concerns of Christians who are dealing with the social and cultural consequences that...
by eran_rathan
Thu May 10, 2012 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 41672

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

Why should homosexuals get anything out of the marriage-rights debate other than marriage rights? because they are citizens, and deserve EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW, per the First, Tenth, and 14th Amendments. Why is this so fucking hard for you to understand? Your religious rights to enshrine yo...
by eran_rathan
Thu May 10, 2012 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 41672

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

I read it; it's irrelevant, because there are grounds under which a christian can claim exclusivity: his own spiritual values. Even if Christian marriage wasn't first or isn't endorsed by government, Christians can claim that it's exclusively theirs because theirs are the only ones endorsed by God....
by eran_rathan
Thu May 10, 2012 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 41672

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

Sure, let them do whatever it is that they like, but draw the distinction . Whether heterosexual marriage is "marriage" and homosexual marriage is "civil union," or heterosexual marriage is "holy matrimony" and homosexual marriage is "marriage contract," just...
by eran_rathan
Thu May 10, 2012 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Objectivism emphatically isn't some special code of morality that you might or might not decide to follow. It's an explicit identification of the only code that humans follow, whenever they are not engaged in destroying themselves. [citation needed] . Taoists, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, Muslims,...
by eran_rathan
Thu May 10, 2012 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I tend to see it as, "Taxes are user-fees for civilization." The problem with this perspective is that we generally frown on being forced to buy someone's product. Imagine if your ISP wouldn't let you cancel their service and kept billing you for it whether you wanted it or not. AOL actua...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 41672

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

Wow, as someone from the UK I'm actually impressed, it's easy to get the impression from over here that fundamental religious lobbying groups basicly run US politics. how big a deal is the gay marriage thing over there? do people really care or is it just a media thing? Only the homophobes and reli...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

A discussion about economic rights might entail the right to keep one's hard-earned money to the detriment of others versus the right of others to reap the benefit of their collective labor to the detriment of their employers. In essence, socialism versus capitalism, or whatever balance of the two ...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: ####: "Ten Thousand"
Replies: 41
Views: 17230

Re: ####: "Ten Thousand"

The only other time in your life when you even come close to knowing it all is your teens. But if you think you know it all, don't you actually know it all, on some level? Only if you interpret the two uses of "know it all" with different meanings. Supposing the idea that everything exist...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

iamspen wrote:Would your view of economic rights fit neatly into your definition of political rights, or would that deserve a third category?


That depends. What are you calling economic rights?
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun
Replies: 400
Views: 48577

Re: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun

The Great Hippo wrote:What's that? You're not into dudes? Fuck that noise. Freddie Mercury is universal; Freddie Mercury is absolute. He rises above your paltry notions of sexual preference. He is sexual preference. All of them. At once.


As a guy who is not into guys, I approve this message.
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

This is why I prefer Heinlien's version to Rand's. "This is what makes ME happy. You can do whatever makes YOU happy, so long as it doesn't infringe on my (or anyone else's) rights." And then comes the hard part: what is a right, and what constitutes infringing on it? And there you get in...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Okay, you can accept the schizophrenic and the chronic drug user as your model of happiness if you'd like. Nothing I can do to stop you. See, this here is my problem with you and with Objectivism in general. Tautology. "You're only happy if you have these virtues, and if you have these virtues...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada will administer 'charter' city in Honduras
Replies: 38
Views: 6064

Re: Canada will administer 'charter' city in Honduras

Can...can we get Canada do that here in the US? Please?

Ou <<s'il vous plait>>, si vous preferez...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

As hippo said about could you make this any easier, I'll ask, have you ever heard of schizophrenia and schizophrenic high? Many people who have schizophrenia (and I'm assuming you'll agree schizophrenics have rejected reality and rationality) are in fact very happy. Okay, you can accept the schizop...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 81535

Re: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"

The names are pretty funny, so are a lot of the posts in this thread. I didn't get the twilight reference, so thanks people for pointing it out. But, what does Frank Zappa have to do with anything? I knew nothing about him until I found out he was a musician on wikipedia, and I don't think reading ...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Most of the conversation with Hugo reminded me of this: Reading from the Book of Wiki, Chapter 3, Page 12, Verses e through pi : The term irrational is often used in psychotherapy and the concept of irrationality is especially known in rational emotive behavior therapy originated and developed by Am...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 40657

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

Sasquach wrote:Now willful and gleeful ignorance


This is a cardinal sin, in my opinion.
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Mostly, though, its the idea that A) ideas can be tested and B) ought to be repeatable. There is enough evidence that hole-in-ones are possible (watch a season's worth of Master's PGA and you'll see a number of them), and if they couldn't get it to happen with their physical bodies, they'd certainl...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I call this "Mythbusters Science." So is that to be taken as a recomendation or condemnation of such scenarios? Because, without basic rigor, "ideas tested by experiment" may have also served as the core of some witch trials. A hole in one on a regulation golf course would proba...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

EDIT: By the way, this might not be science in the clearest terms, but at least it's a test . Create the hypothesis, set the terms, look for an exception. This is how empiricism works . It's infinitely more constructive than writing a bunch of essays and books that 'prove' you have to be honest to ...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 09, 2012 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85686

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

goomba25 wrote:Hmm. That's not a way I would have thought of. I pictured scenarios more along the lines of "I see this curvy object and I can integrate that using calculus." To each their own.


One of my favourite uses involves figuring pressure at the base of dams.
by eran_rathan
Tue May 08, 2012 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun
Replies: 400
Views: 48577

Re: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun

You're arguing that the problem lies with the victim. That is victim blaming. It is not the victim's fault that people are bullying them. It is the bully's fault for bullying the victim. The suicide rates point to a problem of bullying in our schools, not to a problem with coming out to early. The ...
by eran_rathan
Tue May 08, 2012 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: general nooby questions
Replies: 125
Views: 17950

Re: general nooby questions

Global politics is warm, and not happening half as corrupt as it ought to!
by eran_rathan
Tue May 08, 2012 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

.... HugoSchmidt wants to take the highly specific meanings from Ayn Rand's words that sound bad, and broaden them to mean things which are somewhat more vague but don't sound bad.. Please stop lying. What I say follows exactly from the core of her philosophy as outlined in both The Fountainhead an...
by eran_rathan
Mon May 07, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 64370

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

I've got one that will probably be difficult to rhyme to:
Spatial Information Engineering with a minor in Geology.
by eran_rathan
Fri May 04, 2012 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I've listened to psychopaths. Unless they give up, they want nothing as much as they want to pass for normal. At any moment they could say something that sounds completely reasonable to them, and some normal person picks up on it. "You're a psychopath!" And then it's all over. From my obs...
by eran_rathan
Fri May 04, 2012 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Netreker0 wrote:Source: Fox News, which is not 4chan.


I'm not sure this claim is valid.
by eran_rathan
Wed May 02, 2012 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57069

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

addams wrote:Dickish on a forum is not the weirdest hobby.


Yeah, some people juggle geese.

But, I agree with Addams - he may be a troll, but he's a higher class troll than the "lawl u mad bro?" 4chan-wannabe dweebs. Intelligent criticism is good!

http://xkcd.com/810/
by eran_rathan
Wed May 02, 2012 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85686

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

People who learned how to learn in high school are so underrated in the USofA as to be considered mythical. The ones we hired were fortunate to have had the mix of interviewing managers they did, as math-boy did the quantitative reasoning for "taking a risk" on "just" a high sch...
by eran_rathan
Wed May 02, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85686

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Sprocket wrote:One is much less likely to find this sort of natural pleasure in doing math in ones non-working hours.



Speak for yourself - calculus makes me wicked horny.

"Hey, wanna go get integral?"

"I'd like to be the area under her curves, if you know what I mean."
by eran_rathan
Wed May 02, 2012 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85686

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

As a Land Surveyor, trigonometry is my life.

Geometry, calculus, least-squares network regression, differential linear equations, these are a few of my favourite things!


music is not one of my strong suits.
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I'm hesitant to get involved in this conversation, but the one comment I'm willing to make thus far is this: Ayn Rand is not a philosopher, any more than Robert Heinlein or L. Ron Hubbard. They are all fiction writers, whose characters and plots push viewpoints on philosophical subjects, which the ...
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630308

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Felstaff wrote:
addams wrote: The confederate flag and a rainbow Peace sign together. Some how the two can be fused.

Image


wow.

This seems to me to be something that BHG would have, after altering a city's schedule to have the Gay Pride parade at the same time as the KKK rally.
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 68188

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

loberto wrote:More accurate (exact I think) for feet in one meter: 1250/381. 1250 feet equals 381 meters, and is the exact height of the Empire State Building.


39.37 cm/12 in (for US. Survey feet, the only right kind of feet)

0.3048m = 1 international foot (the wrong foot)


-says the surveyor
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57069

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

gmalivuk wrote:
I'm pretty sure that "YMMV" is a TV Tropes invention.
[citation needed]



Yeah, it comes from the EPA estimated mileage for vehicles (and subsequent reporting requirements for manufacturers) - which, if I recall correctly, began in the late 70s or early 80s.
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I agree with the sentiment of the strip today, and would add that I have similar problems with other writers, including James Redfield's Celestine Prophecy , as well as Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth books. The early principles in each case seem evident enough, but about midway they get more and m...
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Brace wrote:There's also the fact that she is referring to all tribes as one homogeneous people and ignoring that, yes, there were tribes who had permanent lodgings and lived agrarian rather than nomadic hunter-gatherer existences.


Rand never let little things like 'facts' cloud her judgement.
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57069

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

The music is gratis mostly terrible ftfy. And of course, YMMV. Which amounts to "The music may or may not be mostly terrible". Except that you used TV Tropes lingo, therefore making you automatically wrong. Gee, thank you! All my music ceased to exist thanks to that logical impossibility....
by eran_rathan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 131045

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I admire and have taken a lot of inspiration from Rand, and actually enjoyed both Atlas Shrugged and more so the Fountainhead. I particularly admire the parts about not being pulled around by guilt. Really, I never saw it as "therefore, be an asshole" but rather "therefore, don't let...

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