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by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Evolution happening within our lifetimes.
Replies: 109
Views: 12777

Re: Evolution happening within our lifetimes.

Wow. I must say that this whole thing about evolution within the same species vs divergent species is one of the oddest (and dumbest) discussions I've come across in regards to this topic. I must assume that Tech Ben has never ever read Darwin, or else he would know that Darwin used animal husbandry...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 565932

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

I think they're obnoxiously aggressive, but it's kind of a complicated situation. As I understand it, some of those communities are well within the national lines of the State of Israel. Nope. There are land grabs, pure and simple thievery. The internationally recognized borders of the state of Isr...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 565932

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Yeah, this kind of bullshit is why Israel is far, far more to blame for the current state of affairs in Israel/Palestine. Hell, it seems pretty clear that the far right government running Israel now flat-out WANTS perpetual war to justify their continued land-stealing and ethnic cleansing. http://ww...
by Jonesthe Spy
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hate Crimes and Rape *trigger*
Replies: 30
Views: 4977

Re: Hate Crimes and Rape *trigger*

Just to throw into the "When is speech a crime?" mix: there are now a number of laws against cyberbullying and harassment after a spate of high-profile suicides brought on by such behavior. Online slut-shaming is a very real thing and ought to fall under the purview of such laws, in my opi...
by Jonesthe Spy
Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 94174

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

This was terrific for explaining the rocket design to my 6-year old. Though I admit I cheated and used "hydrogen", "oxygen", and "helium" instead of "air that goes in skybag" etc...
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177421

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Nah. Had it come down that narrowly on the other side post-recounts, there would have been every been as much whining by the other side. Really. Because you can point to examples of thousands of people in Republican-leaning demographics being illegally disenfranchised by the Secretary of State who ...
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177421

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

People were upset about the 2000 election because it was so obvious that the majority of voters not only in the U.S. as a whole but also in Florida preferred Gore. But through a whole series of fuckups - a butterfly ballot in one county that led to an estimated 17,000 votes for Buchannan instead of ...
by Jonesthe Spy
Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177421

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

So, if Romney sends the Orioles to Syria, and Obama can get to third, then I think the Giants will win with at least 290 votes in the Electoral College, unless Afghanistan goes into extra innings.
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1166358

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Then there's this: http://www.salon.com/2012/10/15/nypd_beat_homeless_man_in_synagogue_outreach_center/ The NYPD beat up a homeless man in Brooklyn last week as he resisted arrest for sleeping in a synagogue outreach center, where he had permission to stay...Surveillance video obtained by local news...
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177421

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

I just think it's arguably even sillier to turn this into ROMNEY HATES BIGBIRD. That's hardly the largest policy problem he has, and it isn't even a real problem. Actually, I think that this little incident does an excellent job illustrating just how destructive a Romney presidency would be. Here w...
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177421

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

The debate in a nutshell: Romney: I'm totally a moderate. Obama: Um, no, you've been running on huge tax cuts, repealing the Affordable Health Care Act, and deregulating Wall Street. Romney: No, I haven't. Obama: Dude, you totally have been. Look at all the stuff you've said. Romney: I didn't say an...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177421

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Half of this election is the derivative of rate of economic growth, not the rate of economic growth. If the economy has a higher GDP, but is falling into recession, people will be a lot angrier than if the economy has a lower GDP but is still growing. Don't blame Romney excessively for his faults, ...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians
Replies: 72
Views: 13159

Re: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians

Interesting word "traumatize", like how a kid could be "traumatised" because the other kids in school were being mean to him. Somehow doesn't pack the punch of "Innocent people being murdered by drones"...Noticed the subheading used the far more accurate 'Terrorized&quo...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177421

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Yeah, Obama's gonna crush him. I'm inclined to this view. It's not just that Obama is a far better communicator, it's that the basis for Romney's campaign has been to NOT tell voters anything specific at all. Every time he tells the truth, it hurts him - whether by revealing the contempt he has for...
by Jonesthe Spy
Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 177421

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Really, Romney isn't saying much different in the video than what the rightie fringe has been saying for awhile now - he's just dropping the "moderate" mask. Loonies like Michelle Bachmann have been attacking those who don't pay income tax for years, as it if wasn't GOP-pushed tax cuts tha...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie
Replies: 160
Views: 23041

Re: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie

That movie cost $5 million? Are you sure the guy wasn't just making numbers up? Probably $50,000 for the movie and the rest in profit. Anyone want to donate money to me for a documentary? Or...maybe he lied to make it seem like wealthy jews were involved in the making of the film. If they can find ...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Screening of Documentary on Islam Shut Down.
Replies: 230
Views: 24951

Re: Screening of Documentary on Islam Shut Down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=X52UJfttCcM To hell with the callous notion that gay rights abuses by islamic countries are some freak isolated instance. What a horrible thing to say. My brother's boyfriend's family lives partly in Turkey. They shun him from family gather...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie
Replies: 160
Views: 23041

Re: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie

There are people in this world who want to bring about the End Times, Christian or Muslim, and this sounds EXACTLY like the kind of thing that such a person would do to contribute to their cause. I also can't help but wonder if there are any other folks who would benefit from this whole mess. Hmm, ...
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie
Replies: 160
Views: 23041

Re: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie

Okay, the Associated Press seems to have tracked down the creator of the film, and the story just gets weirder - a criminal Egyptian Christian who was trying to pass the blame for the creation of the film onto Jews? Whatever the case, incitement to violence definitely seems to have been part - if no...
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie
Replies: 160
Views: 23041

Re: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie

I'm reminded of Asimov's whole psychohistory ideas from the Foundation series here. some aspects of history and human behavior are completely predictable. In this case, you have some rich, bigoted twit attacking the religion that is one of the only sources of solace and dignity for millions of poor ...
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Screening of Documentary on Islam Shut Down.
Replies: 230
Views: 24951

Re: Screening of Documentary on Islam Shut Down.

The very term "documentary" is a misnomer in this case. The film was nothing but prejudice driven propaganda by a self-identified Israeli (apparently not an actual legal Israeli citizen) who has made it very clear he despises Islam. According to the Associated Press, the filmmaker Sam Baci...
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US political culture - How did we get here?
Replies: 65
Views: 15120

Re: US political culture - How did we get here?

There's actually a very simple answer to this - Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine of the FCC. From the 40's to 1987 TV and radio broadcasters were required to present different points of view on important public issues as part of the responsibilities that being given a broadcasting license entaile...
by Jonesthe Spy
Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 30537

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Getting a bit off topic, but the idea that a group that works for equality and civil rights for a part of the population and a group that actively opposes equality for that group - not to mention frequently demonizes said group and attempts to make the entire population conform with it's own religio...
by Jonesthe Spy
Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 30537

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Well, not that I have any sympathy for the FRC, but I think one can distinguish between them and the KKK because the KKK actually engage in acts of violence and terrorism while the FRC use legal methods to advocate for their hate and bigotry.
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Possibly the Most Surreal Music Video Ever
Replies: 4
Views: 10996

Re: Possibly the Most Surreal Music Video Ever

I was one of the SWAT team beating up protesters. Not the one blown up by the rainbow.

And I wasn't particularly looking for anything specific - just thought iId open it up to more than "Look at this video!"
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Help me find good French music
Replies: 12
Views: 5134

Re: Help me find good French music

Emilie Simon is pretty amazing. Anyone who covers Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog" gets immediate points in my scorebook.
http://www.emiliesimonmusic.com/
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 30537

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Man, the victim complex right wingers cling to is just ludicrous. Meanwhile, here's he NPR link on the story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/16/158913311/family-research-council-attacker-could-face-terrorism-charge Really, this was inevitable. After years of violence-inciting rhetoric f...
by Jonesthe Spy
Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Possibly the Most Surreal Music Video Ever
Replies: 4
Views: 10996

Possibly the Most Surreal Music Video Ever

Hello all. A few months ago I helped my friends Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children McNugget's with a video for one of my favorite songs of the last few years, "Life is Excellent". My contribution was not much - a tiny bit of cash, a few hours on the film shoot as an extra. The result is far,...
by Jonesthe Spy
Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311549

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

We Americans appear to have a long history with not only believing that greed is good, but that it is also mandated by God. Well, that's true; it certainly dates back to the Puritans and some of their philosophies - wealth being a sign from god that you're doing it right, etc, though by no means al...
by Jonesthe Spy
Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311549

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

You know, Paul Ryan is an excellent example of almost everything wrong with the modern GOP, in my humble opinion. A lot has been said about his being a fanboy of Ayn Rand, but not much about his extremist Christian fundie voting record. Aside from the obvious things like trying to ban any funding of...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 26379

Re: 1093: "Forget"

And yet the American South still holds a grudge over Sherman's March, Texas refuses to forget the Alamo, Serbians clung to some military defeat centuries past as a reason to control Kosovo, and some stories from thousands of years ago in the Old Testament made a bunch of Russians and other Europeans...
by Jonesthe Spy
Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 37863

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Okay, so since one can hope that XKCD readers are more likely to be of the type to be swayed by data rather than emotional argument than the average internet junkie, let's look at some numbers. We all like numbers, right? So let's make a comparison about guns and homicides between the U.S. and Brita...
by Jonesthe Spy
Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 37863

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Related-ish: http://libertycrier.com/u-s-constitution/watch-what-happens-when-guns-are-banned-in-australia/ tl;dw: Semi-automatic guns banned in Australia, violent crime and breakins increase by double digit percentage numbers. Oh please, a video from an incredibly far-right gun-nut site is your so...
by Jonesthe Spy
Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 37863

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". Yeah, that's kind of my point. The only way ...
by Jonesthe Spy
Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 23242

Re: Voting Third Party.

I've voted third party, but only when I was confidant that it was not going to be a close contest between the lesser and greater evils.

Democracy is going to be stay completely broken in the U.S. until we institute nationwide IRV.
by Jonesthe Spy
Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 37863

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

Yup, there's pretty much no way to keep guns out of the hands of insane people with the U.S.'s current laws unless they've already been certified - rather late, all too often.
by Jonesthe Spy
Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.
Replies: 110
Views: 19775

Re: Paying in Cash "Morally Wrong" Says Exchequer Secretary.

I'll just chime in that I prefer to pay be check just for that extra bit of security. If the plumbing problem you thought was fixed starts spraying water 12 hours or later, or the item you bought off craigslist turns out to have a hidden flaw, being able to stop payment on the check gives you a lot ...
by Jonesthe Spy
Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 37863

Re: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre

According to a CNN story I just scanned, the shooter told the cops he was the Joker. If true, it's amazingly unsurprising. The fact he was smart enough to get a neuroscience degree, the whole thing with the massively bobbytrapped apartment - this guy is a geek who decided to act out the role. Hell, ...
by Jonesthe Spy
Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Feminist attacked by 4chan, guy responds
Replies: 94
Views: 15083

Re: Feminist attacked by 4chan, guy responds

But I think the over-arching thing to this is unlike historical racism and sexist and classism and so on, this is not people of authority striking out to their advantage. This is largely disenfranchised white (and for a myriad of reasons, asian) guys lashing out from a place they feel has no power,...
by Jonesthe Spy
Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Feminist attacked by 4chan, guy responds
Replies: 94
Views: 15083

Re: Feminist attacked by 4chan, guy responds

But I think the over-arching thing to this is unlike historical racism and sexist and classism and so on, this is not people of authority striking out to their advantage. This is largely disenfranchised white (and for a myriad of reasons, asian) guys lashing out from a place they feel has no power,...

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