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by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the US be a world police?
Replies: 40
Views: 6069

Re: Should the US be a world police?

I'd rather we didn't have to be.

That said, sometimes the options are "us interfering" and "nobody interferes". And the latter option is sometimes worse. So, a 100% non-interference policy is unlikely to be ideal...but from a fiscal pov, you definitely want to minimize it.
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 13342

Re: Military sequestration

Notable abberations: The "allied invasions" would dramatically inflate stats, so I generally just listed the US. There were four of those that would notably impact numbers, mostly pushing a lot of european nations higher on the list. I made no attempt to designate justified vs unjustified...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

If our legal system methods were used to manage code, basically nothing would ever compile. If we tried to run the legal system like a computer program we'd get nothing but indexoutofbounds exceptions and seg faults. most real world disagreements and problems don't map well to simple algorithms. Be...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Being able to concisely find the body of law on a given topic, and thus, being able to answer basic questions like "is X action I want to do legal" with certainty without consulting a lawyer WOULD be a massive step forward. Nice to dream, but apparently the 7 highest judges in the US can ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Maybe some day in our lifetimes law will be kept track of with the same version-control technology used for software In many countries you can look up laws on websites where changes from the past have been marked, and usually it is also indicated when a law is under under revision and expected to c...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 13342

Re: Military sequestration

For that matter, how many countries invade ANY country nowadays? Besides the US? Well there's Israel. And Vietnam. Those are the 3 big invaders since WW2. Invasions by Country since WW2: USA: 10 Israel: 6 China: 5 Vietnam: 5 USSR: 4 N Vietnam: 4 Iraq: 3 India: 3 France: 2 Pakistan: 2 Lebanon: 1 Syr...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Maybe some day in our lifetimes law will be kept track of with the same version-control technology used for software. I've actually proposed this exact thing. At a minimum, it would make reviewing changes in the law vastly, vastly easier. Our current method generally involves passing an entirely ne...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 268537

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

No, controlling against voter turnout from 16 years ago doesn't make sense. If you want a decent comparison look at the last election. From 2004-2008, white voter turnout dropped. If black voter turnout stayed steady, that would be significant. Not only did black voter turnout not drop, it actually...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Massive Melting on Greenland Icecaps
Replies: 30
Views: 5696

Re: Massive Melting on Greenland Icecaps

I'm just spitballing here, but I wonder if dropping reflective materials could reasonably make a difference here. I mean, spreading mylar over a glacier isn't trivial, but it might be possible to at least delay it.
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Net neutrality means a lot of different things depending on who you're talking to. That said, when someone advertises "internet access" at x speed, I can reasonably presume that they are selling access to the entire internet at that speed. If the sites at the far end or wherever cannot su...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 268537

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Look at those stats. All of them increase, not just black voters. Well, all except white voters, which was relatively static(minor swings of a percent or two happen every year, and thus, cannot reasonably be attributed to color). In addition, the swings aren't that big. A 4.7% turnout increase in b...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Net neutrality means a lot of different things depending on who you're talking to. That said, when someone advertises "internet access" at x speed, I can reasonably presume that they are selling access to the entire internet at that speed. If the sites at the far end or wherever cannot sup...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 13342

Re: Military sequestration

That said, having enough military that nobody attacks you can be better than having just enough military to win. So, there is something to be said for a nice, clear lead. Just enough military to win is enough to ensure no one attacks you. No country is going to invade a stronger country (For that m...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338854

Re: Gun Control

I always wonder why people are unwilling to give up their rights to protect others. I drink quite a bit, but would be willing to give it up it it could prevent the alcohol abuse going on these days. Because, simply put, you being willing and able to stop drinking to be considerate to others means t...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Curiousity touchdown tonight in around 5 hours.
Replies: 176
Views: 17604

Re: Curiousity touchdown tonight in around 5 hours.

Venus has the only other environment in the solar system where you or I could survive with nothing but an air supply and protective clothing. The atmospheric pressure on the surface of Venus is over 90 bars. About the same as in water 1km deep on Earth. I wouldn't send anyone to Mars either though....
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 13342

Re: Military sequestration

However, at a basic level, the primary function of a government is to keep it's people from being killed by foreign powers and to protect it's territory from same. Any government that cannot perform these roles(and is not protected by one who can) ceases to be a government. You can also believe tha...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338854

Re: Gun Control

Rationing? I just answered this somewhere else. What are you willing to give up to gain that solution? I believe in improving a lot of things. But how many deaths are you prepared to suffer for that freedom. Say for instance that cocaine was legal. Would you or anyone in their right mind hire a use...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

I don't care what people do as individuals, and I don't like sitting as arbiter. But even in countries where it is legal and regulated all they can really say is that it's regulated, which protects public health. Actually this is a 180 for me. Although I could almost get behind Norway's model. I us...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Multiple shooting reported at Texas A&M University
Replies: 14
Views: 3310

Re: Multiple shooting reported at Texas A&M University

It seems like a piece that was cleverly titled to become viral. The deaths are 1 victim (probably a bystander), the shooter and an officer. Doesn't sound like an attempted mass shooting to me. Most likely the case. News media is so frustrating at times. Given that classes haven't even started yet, ...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 13342

Re: Military sequestration

But that's the thing, curing cancer/paying for healthcare/redistributing wealth isn't (or, at least, shouldn't be) the government's job. Yes, that sound cruel and politically incorrect, but it's true. It's no more the government's job to solve poverty than it is for a doctor to arrest a convict. Do...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

"Government should cease subsidizing or giving favorable treatment to Internet service providers and content-creators. 'Net Neutrality' leads to a government role in the Internet that can only lead to unwanted regulation." Everything else I said was taken from his website, with the positi...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338854

Re: Gun Control

Well that is not the point - not at all. The point is drugs are avaible and they are of unknown purity or even content. With a legal supply, it would be much easier to offer help to users (you could give people monthly contigents how much they may buy), it would be of known purity and if the Prohib...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

I guess location matters. Here, a 'small government' person who supports legalization of drugs and prostitution and also wants to reduce social spending is called a liberal, and as you are apparently aware, the liberal party supports those things when they are in power. Most certainly. The "li...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 268537

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Steroid, that might well be an accurate view of what conservatives consider important, but it doesn't much to explain why they would pick Rand as guru. They don't have much choice with Christ, that's part of the tradition. But why Rand, if God-fearing salarymen are the goal? There are a million man...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338854

Re: Gun Control

Guns are always force multipliers, so for that matter are knives and clubs. I just don't use one to butter my bread. But that's irrelevant. Enjoy your machine gun, but I don't want to hear it, see it or have to duck because you want to shoot it. ....have you ever even seen a machine gun in real lif...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

You assume correctly. Prostitution is out, drugs are out. Those aren't negotiable. For me even to think about prostitution you would have to be able to show me that it is free of coercion of any kind. You can't do that. Drugs, I will be polite, but, no. Certainly pot is one thing but cocaine? I cou...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Libertarians do not typically view economic interactions as coercion. Libertarians are wrong! Labor negotiations are by their nature unequal. Not hiring someone will rarely kill a business. They generally have time and leisure to search around. If the negotiation falls through, they can probably co...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 13342

Re: Military sequestration

What constitutes "enough military" is of course somewhat subjective.

That said, in a non-nuclear US vs Rest of World scenario, it actually looks like a pretty even match. Even enough to be an interesting hypothetical discussion anyway. So, we could probably save at least a couple dollars.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

I would gleefully support everything you listed there =)
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Perhaps I don't understand Libertarians. Could you give some specific examples of laws that you would appeal? Not a libertarian source, but these are all things that libertarians would hate(and in some cases, have actively opposed for some time): http://www.cracked.com/article_18620_6-completely-le...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338854

Re: Gun Control

This seems to have wandered away from gun control. No matter what you pick to enforce it will leave a group of people who want it. And if they want it bad enough they will pay a premium to get it. When I think about pot and remember the things I went through to acquire it, and what I got from it wh...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 268537

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

In last year’s presidential election, younger blacks voted in greater proportions than whites for the first time and black women turned out at a higher rate than any other racial, ethnic and gender group, a census analysis released Monday confirmed. http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/07/20/us...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 13342

Re: Military sequestration

Weapons are used to destroy things and kill people. It's net utility is negative. Now I'm not saying that the US should not have any weapons, but when we spend more on weapons than everyone else combined, there is something wrong. Utility == utility to YOU. Using weapons to blow up your own things ...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 66710

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

The government merely needs to ensure that their life does not impose upon others. Unless they want to do it through economic means. Libertarians aren't big fans of net neutrality, or labor equity laws, or consumer protection, or the whole host of other ways libertarians work to ensure businesses c...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 13342

Re: Military sequestration

the Military budget cuts of about $500 billion over 10 years has been in the news lately. Many politicians on the right are worried about this. I personally want the military sequestration to happen. I don't understand why more politicians aren't coming out in favor of it. Because the defense budge...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 268537

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

The fact that she was a woman did not sway women to vote for McCain, because ultimately her politics were that of the Republicans. That she also had a penchant for saying stupid things didn't help, but the fact is her gender was in itself just not at all helpful to the campaign even before she open...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Am I a jerk if I donate one, unmatched glove to Goodwill?
Replies: 24
Views: 4739

Re: Am I a jerk if I donate one, unmatched glove to Goodwill

Nah. People often hit up goodwill as a source of costumery, materials, or other such oddball reasons. If they don't want it or can't sell it, I'm sure they can toss it out. If it sells, more's the better.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 13342

Re: Military sequestration

The "indiscriminate" part sounds like the most troubling part. I don't deny that the government could use some optimization, but equal cuts to everything is almost guaranteed to be sub-optimal.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College busts student for register service, then yanks idea
Replies: 49
Views: 5778

Re: College busts student for register service, then yanks i

That's a pretty bad way to code such an app. The guy in question is a marketing major, not comp-sci. He obviously has some ability to write code, but odds are he doesn't have a firm grasp of 'best practices' and probably went with whatever worked, which in this case apparently equated to a DOS atta...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338854

Re: Gun Control

No, let's not legalize all drugs because most are inherently dangerous, this from someone who has consumed his fair share. I just don't believe in fairy tales like the idea that making drugs legal will make the world a better place and end crime. As a practical matter probably the best solution is ...

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