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by Aetius
Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female thor
Replies: 124
Views: 28352

Re: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female

On a similar controversy, I would love a movie featuring a black James Bond, coupled with the reveal that the name is a code name passed down from agent to agent (with the current Bond being the latest in a long line of super agents). And a general return to over-the-top Bond adventures. QoS and Sk...
by Aetius
Mon May 26, 2014 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50341

Re: Isla Vista shooting

I don't know if that would make it better. Nagging feeling you could have warned people, you know. Doesn't make sense, probably still how it would feel. Possibly, but given that his own parents called the police about his social media postings, I can't imagine what more could have been done by an a...
by Aetius
Mon May 26, 2014 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50341

Re: Isla Vista shooting

Sure, the equivalent would be a murder spree by a board member who wasn't banned, who perhaps even fit in, or at least didn't stand out. That would bother me, justified or not. I can't speak for all the boards he was on, but a number that I've seen either called him out for being a serial killer in...
by Aetius
Mon May 26, 2014 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50341

Re: Isla Vista shooting

IIRC there was also some stuff about him also being active on MRA boards and, well, fundamentally, the mindset is the same even in how MRAs/PUAs act on it differs. Both have mindsets which revolve around denying/being oblivious to your privilege but then allowing your privilege to fuel a sense of e...
by Aetius
Mon May 26, 2014 5:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50341

Re: Isla Vista shooting

Is there any indication of why he felt motivated to kill his three male room-mates as well? All the news has focused on his hatred for women, but why kill his male room-mates? Did they have girlfriends and therefore he was jealous? Part of his plan was to lure people into his apartment to be killed...
by Aetius
Mon May 26, 2014 2:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50341

Re: Isla Vista shooting

So would you argue that all the men who have committed assault or murder in response to rejection from women are just virulent narcissists whose actions couldn't be prevented by anything but serious, professional intervention? No, I would not argue that. But in this particular case, everything he h...
by Aetius
Mon May 26, 2014 1:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Isla Vista shooting
Replies: 416
Views: 50341

Re: Isla Vista shooting

A change in social attitudes about prostitution might have helped. But then, a change in social attitudes about women would certainly have helped. I highly doubt either would have helped. It may have shifted his targets, but the core conflict between his virulent narcissism and reality wasn't going...
by Aetius
Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 31186

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

Here's a situation I faced in college that may be analagous: There was an ongoing flirtation with the girl across the hall, who happened to be a relatively sheltered Catholic. She has never mentioned it explicitly, but I'm fairly certain she would not want to have sex with someone who was not also a...
by Aetius
Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Someone did something on the internet (Adria Richards)
Replies: 202
Views: 28377

Re: Someone did something on the internet (Adria Richards)

I've found that a useful rule of thumb is that if you're using a "custom" portmanteau in a gender discussion, you're probably doing something wrong.
by Aetius
Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 168868

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

I would just like to say, even though I only saw a couple of clips, the Patriots-Jets game looked like it was comedy gold. Three New England touchdowns in 56 seconds in the second quarter :lol: The Patriots held the ball for 2:14 in the second quarter... and scored 35 points. That's more than any o...
by Aetius
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 15384

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

The national GDP is $X dollars, with a liberal growth estimate of j% and a conservative growth estimate of h%, Y% of which is subject to social security and medicare taxes. These taxes, once collected, are placed into treasury bonds, the yield of which varies due to federal reserve policy between d%...
by Aetius
Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Twelve killed by gunman in Denver movie theatre
Replies: 216
Views: 37691

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. I read the same article, seems highly unlikely to be true. First because the police haven't released any information about motive or anything along those lines yet, and second ...
by Aetius
Thu May 10, 2012 3:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: obama endorses same-sex marriage
Replies: 348
Views: 42730

Re: obama endorses same-sex marriage

The only thing I can get out of your argument is that you want to be a bigot without having to feel like you're a bigot.
by Aetius
Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 280575

Re: 1027: "Pickup Artist"

and wouldn't it be just a little disturbing that there's a community that specializes in teaching women how to do this sort of thing, such that you now have to worry about if the girls you pursue actually look much much much uglier than what you thought they looked like? I believe that community is...
by Aetius
Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 280575

Re: 1027: nosepick Artist

I like it because poker is a arbitrary game with arbitrary rules, and learning the deep details of poker does not help much when you switch to a different game. This isn't true. The kind of thinking you learn playing poker is amazingly broadly applicable, and I've found it useful in everything from...
by Aetius
Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 280575

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

To come at this from a slightly different angle, does anyone else feel like the comic slightly undermines its point by having the woman be BHG's girlfriend? When she criticizes a guy for anti-social and disrespectful behavior, it rings a bit hollow considering she's dating a legitimate sociopathic m...
by Aetius
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 280575

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Randall does this every now and again where he sets up a strawman and just beats the shit out of it with no real punchline or whimsical humor. It's the kind of thing that in real life is one of those "oh shit! you got told !" moments, but in a work of fiction where you're writing both char...
by Aetius
Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Protest against US actions against Iran
Replies: 139
Views: 11669

Re: Protest against US actions against Iran

The issue I have is this: Let's say Iran gets the bomb, and lets say the regime is just playing a deep game of poker and doesn't intend to actually use it. Fine. What happens when the regime falls? The regime there is not stable in the way that the United States or China or the UK are. We got really...
by Aetius
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another case of "fired over Facebook post"
Replies: 117
Views: 14509

Re: Another case of "fired over Facebook post"

I agree that new media is tough. I can muster some sympathy for young folks who apply for colleges or first jobs without realizing that their Facebook profiles are going to be part of the screening process. For a credentialed professional with perpetual training, I have none. She's been told that F...
by Aetius
Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Petrol attack on French satirical paper
Replies: 199
Views: 19630

Re: Petrol attack on French satirical paper

morriswalters wrote: South Parks creators could have just as well used the absence of Mohammed, as in the invisible man, to make whatever point they were trying to make.


You could not have missed the point of those episodes by a greater margin.
by Aetius
Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Petrol attack on French satirical paper
Replies: 199
Views: 19630

Re: Petrol attack on French satirical paper

Draw Muhammed day was a show of strength. That was the entire purpose of it, to put out the message that shutting down speech wasn't a matter of threatening a few cartoonists here or there, it was a matter of taking on an entire culture. The whole point of it was to demonstrate what an insurmountabl...
by Aetius
Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 242280

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I support OWS, but I think that student loan debt forgiveness is a total non-starter and is more of an anchor on the movement than anything. Are the cost of higher education and higher education's place in American society ripe for reform and discussion? Absolutely. But you won't get anywhere by def...
by Aetius
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 564100

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Did I just read a page long argument over whether sourmilk's father exists?
by Aetius
Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?
Replies: 122
Views: 13142

Re: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?

As bad as the present congress is, we are talking about a body in which a member once beat another with a cane.
by Aetius
Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands
Replies: 387
Views: 35008

Re: Billionaire funding artificial libertarian islands

I think the biggest problem here is the massive technological challenges to overcome before even contemplating the political challenges.

It's getting quite ahead of oneself to talk about building codes when you don't have land to build on, nor steel to build with, nor ore to smelt nor ground to mine.
by Aetius
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kanon Tipton, 4-Year-Old Preacher
Replies: 20
Views: 4750

Re: Kanon Tipton, 4-Year-Old Preacher

It shows the strength of the reinforcing delusion that when presented with evidence that a four year old can do something they've revered adults for doing, the reaction isn't to immediately realize "well I guess there really isn't much to this after all."
by Aetius
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310516

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I was going to comment on Johnson's complete failure to gain momentum, but it appears he'll be attending two major debates in September. He wasn't invited to the previous two major debates, so I suppose that's progress. Paul faced similar bars last election and has since gained far more popularity,...
by Aetius
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child Labor in Washington
Replies: 84
Views: 9922

Re: Child Labor in Washington

Indeed, I find it amusing that your rebuttal to my "children should be allowed to work outside the home" is "that sounds like the opinion of someone who thinks woman shouldn't be allowed to work outside the home!" Well if we only allow women to hold jobs where their dainty hands...
by Aetius
Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P
Replies: 139
Views: 15917

Re: U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:But how does it accomplish that if, as Whimsical Eloquence says, "The debt limit does not control or limit the ability of the federal government to run deficits or incur obligations"?


It relies on the naive assumption that politicians won't spend more than they have. Silly bastards.
by Aetius
Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iranian Scientist killed in front of Home
Replies: 402
Views: 26191

Re: Iranian Scientist killed in front of Home

This is not about Israël. Several Middle-Eastern countries have been invaded by a Western coalition in recent years. It is a plain fact that most of NATO want the Iranian regime brought down. How unreasonable is it for Iran to believe that it is at risk of being invaded in the next half-century and...
by Aetius
Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Explosion in Oslo
Replies: 173
Views: 28208

Re: Explosion in Oslo

There has to be some significance to the fact that he attacked what he saw as those that allow immigration and not the immigrants themselves. What that significance is, I have no idea.
by Aetius
Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 38606

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

Politics is hard. There are Math people around here somewhere. When, we talk in Trillion, then, we need someone that remembers the rules of exponents. Yes. I would study up. But, someone would have to pay me. Back to my point. That number is too large for the dip shits that have won the popularity ...
by Aetius
Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists
Replies: 195
Views: 21823

Re: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists

Was there an explicitly sexual nature to their threats to you, though, instead of straight violence? The catcalling that I encountered made reference to being Asian, being a prostitute, putting me in a degrading submissive position (forced fellatio), and being a fuckhole. That said, I've seen sexua...
by Aetius
Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How much would you have to be paid to give up the internet?
Replies: 28
Views: 4282

Re: How much would you have to be paid to give up the intern

If I could remember my This is How Much Transformers 2 sucks that I promptly delivered upon leaving the theater, I would recount it to you. Suffice to say it was at least 15 minutes long and better received by the people I was with than the movie.. I'm just saying, if you're the type of king who en...
by Aetius
Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How much would you have to be paid to give up the internet?
Replies: 28
Views: 4282

Re: How much would you have to be paid to give up the intern

Jahoclave wrote:That makes our time period better how?


Because people fighting to the death can't compete with giant space robots fighting to the death.
by Aetius
Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How much would you have to be paid to give up the internet?
Replies: 28
Views: 4282

Re: How much would you have to be paid to give up the intern

CorruptUser wrote:The king might not have had antibiotics, but he had dozens of concubines. Plus, he could have people fight to the death to amuse himself. How do you measure those in economic terms?


We have Michael Bay.
by Aetius
Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists
Replies: 195
Views: 21823

Re: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists

A couple days ago, a carload of guys slowly rolled passed me in the Wal-mart parking lot, leering and saying "suckee suckee" to me over and over. I'm pretty sure they thought I was a walking fuckhole. Saw something similar happen to a girl walking in front of me in a parking lot. After sh...
by Aetius
Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How much would you have to be paid to give up the internet?
Replies: 28
Views: 4282

Re: How much would you have to be paid to give up the intern

It's basically the old "A welfare recipient today lives better than a king in the middle ages"

The interesting thing is that it's largely objectively true, but subjectively false because we as humans base our happiness on our station relative to others instead of based on objective metrics.
by Aetius
Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jailed for cashing a Chase check at a Chase bank
Replies: 93
Views: 9840

Re: Jailed for cashing a Chase check at a Chase bank

You may find that funny, but ehm, isn't it rather absurd that police can just steal stuff of random people with merely a suspicion of a crime? Not to mention unjust and dictatorial. Then again, after reading these forums for a few years, I've long ago given up the illusion that America is a civiliz...
by Aetius
Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Merged ISP and Media Results In New Anti-piracy
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: Merged ISP and Media Results In New Anti-piracy

Anyone who's ever had a hearing for a parking ticket knows exactly how well this is going to go.

All around terrible idea.

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