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by Tyndmyr
Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple
Replies: 49
Views: 7087

Re: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple

Is it really a church's right to refuse to marry a black couple because they're black ? It certainly is. However, just because you CAN do something doesn't mean that you should. It's still a ridiculous decision by any standards, and the torrent of bad publicity was...very predictable. In addition, ...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 59733

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Apologies for doubleposting, but didn't want to lump both responses together into something unwieldy. Well, health care is fundamentally a bit expensive, and is a thorny problem to solve. Im not an expert on the UK system, but it strikes me that the lower tax rates would carry some of the burden, wh...
by Tyndmyr
Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 59733

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

It only provides you with a choice if you can afford insurance. If the choice is between health insurance and food or rent, it is no choice at all. Frankly, considering that healthcare costs are a factor in some 46% of all personal bankruptcies in the United States including people with insurance ,...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple
Replies: 49
Views: 7087

Re: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple

kiklion wrote:Now the pastor did not care about the married couples race, the pastor didn't want trouble to come from the other members of the congregation being racist.


And yet it still did. Predictably so, really. Definitely a poor call on his part.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A Self-Sufficient Seafaring Society
Replies: 55
Views: 15810

Re: A Self-Sufficient Seafaring Society

I agree that for a constantly moving platform, towing snakes is a terrible idea. I'm saying that for a platform spending a lot of time at anchor, it might not be worth lifting the snakes out of the water (because, assuming they generate a sufficiently large amount of power when stationary), they'll...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 59733

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

1. That's not a tax. That's a cost. Not all costs are taxes. You can legally opt to not have health care insurance, if you wish(though it may well be undesirable). Taxes are things that you legally have to pay. The effect is the same as a tax. Yes, it's not mandatory, but the result is that she wil...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple
Replies: 49
Views: 7087

Re: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple

I think a big thing though is the fact that this couple were already members of the congregation. The pastor still did the ceremony himself, just somewhere else. It's not like this couple rocked up somewhere just so they could point out the racism when they were disallowed - they've been going ther...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 20477

Re: Voting Third Party.

The right/left spectrum heavily focuses on certain issues. For someone who doesn't prioritize those things, I could easily see some unusual matchups of better options. For instance, there's a lot of anti-bank bailout sentiment out there...both in the far left AND the far right, yet both of the main ...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 59733

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

How much of that $3,100 does he get back in services from the government? Taxes pay for the DLLR that enforces his minimum wage and for the roads he uses his gas on. He will have to spend some of that money on his personal protection, since there's no police, and some on fire protection. Again, lib...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28312

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

There's also the potential to encourage copycats if they reveal a lot about his motivations and methodology. What's there to copycat? You buy a some guns, buy some ammo, and shoot into a gathering of people. Copycat crimes might not be that simple. Learning about his motivations and methodology mig...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 350563

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Yakk wrote:Anyone enjoying the .next playtest?

It's aright...but woefully incomplete. For instance, there are many references to skills, but no actual explanation of how skills work, or what class gets what skills. Some good ideas, though, so perhaps when they finish it, it'll be solid.
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A Self-Sufficient Seafaring Society
Replies: 55
Views: 15810

Re: A Self-Sufficient Seafaring Society

Wave power is an option, though only a really viable one while stationary. Same, same for wind. If you're using the snake style of wave power generators, there'd be no need to be stationary. Likewise, depending on the direction of travel, movement might increase the amount of wind power generated b...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28312

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Well, if you start removing any rights from people seeking therapy, that reduces the incentive to seek therapy and thus the problems persist. It's never as simple as "we could remove rights from possibly crazy people without any repercussions". It's similar to the current problem with ped...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28312

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

The difference between two guns and twenty is negligible. And the difference between one gun and two is probably a tradeoff of bullets for accuracy anyway. Right. Wielding multiple guns at the same time is...mostly a hollywood thing. And I'll grant you, movies such as Equilibrium look amazing....bu...
by Tyndmyr
Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 59733

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Well, health care is fundamentally a bit expensive, and is a thorny problem to solve. Im not an expert on the UK system, but it strikes me that the lower tax rates would carry some of the burden, while charity would carry some. Surely you wouldn't expect either alone to be sufficient. However, toge...
by Tyndmyr
Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A Self-Sufficient Seafaring Society
Replies: 55
Views: 15810

Re: A Self-Sufficient Seafaring Society

Wave power is an option, though only a really viable one while stationary. Same, same for wind. If you're using the snake style of wave power generators, there'd be no need to be stationary. Likewise, depending on the direction of travel, movement might increase the amount of wind power generated b...
by Tyndmyr
Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Church kidnaps 17 kids; pennsylvania
Replies: 33
Views: 7932

Re: Church kidnaps 17 kids; pennsylvania

Update on this story: Charges are now being laid against the church and youth pastor. Im not at all surprised, this was a pretty terrible idea from the start. If they were worried about legitimate threats, there are MUCH better courses of action to take. Hell, a slide show on possible dangers is al...
by Tyndmyr
Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28312

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Well, if you start removing any rights from people seeking therapy, that reduces the incentive to seek therapy and thus the problems persist. It's never as simple as "we could remove rights from possibly crazy people without any repercussions". That is a huge problem, yeah. You don't want...
by Tyndmyr
Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 59733

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

I disagree quite strongly with this final point; human interaction does depend extremely strongly on population density, availability of resources, speed of communication and transportation, and several other similar factors. The most obvious of these dependencies is the population density one; it ...
by Tyndmyr
Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genetically Modified Food
Replies: 65
Views: 11433

Re: Genetically Modified Food

I stopped listening to complaints from environmentalists a long time ago. It's a shame, because environmentalism itself has many of the right ideas, even if the people involved have the wrong reasons. We should recycle, not to prevent massive landfills (we have no shortage of wasteland to fill with...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 59733

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Ormurinn, do you wish to comment on the hypocrisy point that I raised last page? If you do consider it legitimate to extrapolate from the historical success/failure of libertarian societies into the modern world (which is what I believe you believe, as you have raised examples which rely on this vi...
by Tyndmyr
Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A Self-Sufficient Seafaring Society
Replies: 55
Views: 15810

Re: A Self-Sufficient Seafaring Society

Well, a seafaring nation would need to produce something, certainly...you'd want something that you're advantageous at to trade for the things you can't efficiently produce without land. Furthermore, you'll have some additional upkeep costs that are non-trivial for keeping things floating. Solar is ...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28312

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Thanks for the interesting insight, Dauric. :) Martinez added, "He got along well with everybody." Wasn't he the labeled as antisocial type three days ago? Well, you can "get along" with someone without socializing with them much. Looking over what little information about this ...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731341

Re: Police misbehavior thread

One notable thing about police/dog interactions is they're generally unplanned. The owner usually knows what time of day mailman/UPS folks tend to come by, and can take steps to minimize conflict. When the police decide they're coming in...they don't always ask permission first, and it's certainly n...
by Tyndmyr
Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 20477

Re: Voting Third Party.

Even if they were viable (and I don't think it's just the voting system that prevent them from being so), I wouldn't vote for anyone who wouldn't caucus with the Democrats. And then only because they had a better chance than the Democrat, or because there was no Democrat running. This could be beca...
by Tyndmyr
Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 28312

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Well, I don't see the firearm issue as any more important than the film showing. Would less people have died if he'd used a weapon other than a gun? Probably. Would less people have died if he'd bust in on a theater showing some terribly unpopular movie? Probably. But all that's quibbling over the b...

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