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by btilly
Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

22/7 wrote:
btilly wrote:Who do you think paid for those robo-calls?
Ellen DeGeneres?

Oops, I said against when I meant for.

It would shock me if they were robo-calls that Ellen DeGeneres would have liked.
by btilly
Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

Mormons didn't do it http://www.slate.com/id/2204534/ What I heard on NPR is that just weeks before the election, blacks were close to 50-50 on the issue. Then the yes campaign did a series of robo-calls targeted at blacks with clips of Obama sounding like he was against for prop 8, and that swung ...
by btilly
Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13430
Views: 1773589

Re: Today You Learned

Today, I learned that I have the worst last name in the world. My last name is W E L C H. Not Welsh, Walsh, or Wrench. WELCH. And no one seems to comprehend it. It's only five letters, ALL of which are pronounced unambiguously (I'm not one of those Welches that pronounces a soft 'ch' sound) and all...
by btilly
Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination, ever justified?
Replies: 90
Views: 9313

Re: Assassination, ever justified?

For example, when someone mentions that the killing of people led to the resolution of a problem in WWII, common sense should make it obvious that the problem that was most notably "solved" within the war was that of the war itself, by virtue of allied victory, that among other tactics, u...
by btilly
Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination, ever justified?
Replies: 90
Views: 9313

Re: Assassination, ever justified?

Moving on... I was thinking about this topic earlier, and it occurred to me that there is another good use for assassination: "evil" guys working behind the scenes. For example, there is a certain former leader of a certain very cold country that some allege is still in control, even thou...
by btilly
Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

For me, one of the great ironies is this: If there really is an element of heredity to homosexuality, pressuring gay people to act straight and have kids could result in these elements becoming more prevalent. In other words, oppression could produce more gay people to oppress. So, sincerely want t...
by btilly
Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28127

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

Personally, I think the Electoral system works well in theory, but I think more states should switch to something more like what Maine and Nebraska have. Unless you're a swing state or are overwhelmingly one way, the system Maine and Nebraska have will hurt whoever most of the people in your state ...
by btilly
Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination, ever justified?
Replies: 90
Views: 9313

Re: Assassination, ever justified?

First off: killing people may not necessarily solve problems, but it can. In World War II, there was killing of a whole bunch of people, but it (eventually) did solve the problem. I have to assume that since you specifically name WWII, you're argument must revolve around something unique to that wa...
by btilly
Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28127

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

Also, keep in mind that the poverty line is formulated based on households, and the assumption that there are probably kids. Living below the "poverty line" can be quite comfortable and free for someone who only has to take care of their own living expenses (me, and probably you), while i...
by btilly
Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

I'm just making sure that people know this isn't due to corruption in government, it's the peoples choice. Most states make revisions by Amendment anyway, that's why we have these crazy laws like "Can't wash an elephant on Sunday" etc... still in the constitutions of some states although ...
by btilly
Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28127

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

North Dakota has 3 EVs, which is ~0.5% of the full 538. What I don't understand is how the EV system gives North Dakotans more of a say than simply using the popular vote (by population, ND is ~0.3% of the US). Your number of electoral votes is the number of senators and congressmen you have. Congr...
by btilly
Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

Everyone here agrees that the whole thing is a pile of shit. But... Was it the Mormons? Are these protests really aimed at the source of the resolution passing, or are they just lashing out at a very obvious target? With a vote this close, every straw counts. While the Mormons are not the fundament...
by btilly
Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28127

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

clintonius wrote:
btilly wrote:I'd think it was meant as humor but it wasn't funny.
Ooh, hold still. That might be one of those bugs, I just need to --

nope. Wow. You have an actual stick up your ass.

I am well aware that there are people who think that way. But I find them sad, not funny.

Your mileage obviously varies.
by btilly
Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28127

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

The Great Hippo wrote:On the subject of Obama's blackness, I have a link you might want to see.

There's gonna be some changes, oh yes.

I'd think it was meant as humor but it wasn't funny.
by btilly
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination, ever justified?
Replies: 90
Views: 9313

Re: Assassination, ever justified?

All the discussion has focused on assassination of the head of state. Far more can be done through selectively removing key figures in the structure. The head of state (or organization) is a figurehead, an idea. Killing ideas is tough work. Instead, remove important figures in the government, desta...
by btilly
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28127

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

I'm actually rather glad that that scenario didn't happen, as I'm tired of being abroad and hearing "of course, you guys didn't actually elect Bush anyway..." Yes, some reform needs to take place, but I don't want presidents who are accused of not being the choice of the people or whateve...
by btilly
Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28127

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

I'm actually rather glad that that scenario didn't happen, as I'm tired of being abroad and hearing "of course, you guys didn't actually elect Bush anyway..." Yes, some reform needs to take place, but I don't want presidents who are accused of not being the choice of the people or whateve...
by btilly
Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

Yes, the effect was take away that right. And that is why the ballot summary stated things that way. However the text of the proposition itself says nothing about taking away rights. That's just its effect. You're seriously going to argue these utterly ridiculous semantics? It doesn't matter whethe...
by btilly
Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

No, it doesn't say that. That's what the ballot summary says. The actual text of the proposition is very short: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." I got that from the official voter information guide. Solt, if what has been said earlier in this...
by btilly
Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination, ever justified?
Replies: 90
Views: 9313

Re: Assassination, ever justified?

Mock battles were actually very common in tribal cultures. I believe the Maoris still practised them to an extent when they were "discovered". As I recall, and it's been quite a while since I read on it, they are common in societies that are regularly under pressure in both population and...
by btilly
Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

I'm not sure how many of them have been counted by now, but assuming that the statistics online don't include them (which, given the very recent e-mail I got from the No on 8 campaign, is likely) then, if 3/5ths of those are NO, the prop will fail. Given that the absentee ballots are probably from ...
by btilly
Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

Do you really want the supreme court to be able to look at the constitution and say "I don't like that part, let's ignore it"? Do you think they can't? Admittedly the strange case of Engblom v. Carey only got to the second circuit and not to the supreme court. But based on the only jurisp...
by btilly
Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

Re: California proposition 8 is very close

erm, those numbers are not representative. First, they do NOT constitute a random distribution of the state. Second, the super huge liberal areas, like the San Francisco Bay Area, haven't been counted at all . I'm not saying prop 8 will be defeated, but I am saying this is definitely not the final ...
by btilly
Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California proposition 8 is very close
Replies: 222
Views: 16185

California proposition 8 is very close

That's the proposition that would ban gay marriage. At the moment with a quarter of precincts counted it is winning 53% to 47%. According to exit polls it is supposed to lose 52% to 48%. Either way it will be tight. If you want to follow current voting on it or other CA propositions, go to http://ww...
by btilly
Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner
Replies: 327
Views: 28127

Re: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner

Can someone explain something for me, about how American elections work? In particular, I'm looking at this results site , and have been for most of the day... How can they say that, say, California is an Obama win, with only 4% of the votes counted (I assume that's what "precincts reporting&q...
by btilly
Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human "breeding", and its implications
Replies: 95
Views: 12984

Re: Human "breeding", and its implications

Heh, I took my first class in evi sci just a couple of years back, I wasn't attacking you by asking so much out of simple curiosity. Tone is notoriously hard to judge online. The tone that I read from your question was rather dismissive. Sort of a, "Oh, the kid has just heard the sky is fallin...
by btilly
Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human "breeding", and its implications
Replies: 95
Views: 12984

Re: Human "breeding", and its implications

Technology hasn't really evolved significantly either until the present day. Perhaps some of our farmland is being degraded, but the government keeps a good amount of it unused and we have come over many other agricultural problems in the past couple of decades previously thought insurmountable. We...
by btilly
Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination, ever justified?
Replies: 90
Views: 9313

Re: Assassination, ever justified?

Why does assassination have such a bad rap? Obviously it's had it's bad moments - JFK, MLK etc. However, what if one of the attempts on Hitler had succeeded? Or more recently, what if instead of invading, the US had focused its efforts a little more and had Saddam killed? Power is frequently acquir...
by btilly
Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human "breeding", and its implications
Replies: 95
Views: 12984

Re: Human "breeding", and its implications

We have many examples of failure, none of success. With collapse, isn't the lack of failure a success? The question seems to be just how long you want the success to last. By "examples of failure" I mean examples of human groups who achieved sufficient control over their environment to ex...
by btilly
Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human "breeding", and its implications
Replies: 95
Views: 12984

Re: Human "breeding", and its implications

My controversial opinion. Anyone who does not understand that evolution continues today in humans does not understand enough about genetics to have an informed opinion on this particular subject. Look around you and realize that some of us have more children than others. Ask yourself why. Genetic fa...
by btilly
Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Impulses and collisions
Replies: 22
Views: 2440

Re: Impulses and collisions

Yeah. So... what you're saying is that the angular momentum of one thing can't be directly turned into the other thing's angular momentum? If so, how can one turn that into a more specific thing that can be used to predict what will happen? In the case of frictionless balls you can ignore the possi...
by btilly
Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Impulses and collisions
Replies: 22
Views: 2440

Re: Impulses and collisions

Oh, gotcha. But even frictionless, angular momentum can be transferred. If I have a rod spinning about its center of mass, then if it hits a ball moving straight towards the axis, it gives the ball angular momentum by hitting it on a course that is no longer straight through the axis. Right? Depend...
by btilly
Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Impulses and collisions
Replies: 22
Views: 2440

Re: Impulses and collisions

Oh, I see. Yeah. Friction. What do you mean "the maximum angle from the normal..."? If they hit each other at all, their motions will have to change in some way, no matter how glancing the collision. In a frictionless impact, the impulse will always be at right angles to the surface of th...
by btilly
Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life
Replies: 125
Views: 11574

Re: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life

Black people commit more crimes on average, does that mean a black person cannot lecture others on societal civility? Your logic was terrible. Bad analogy. A more accurate comparison would be to a situation where despite black people committing more crimes more often, most blacks having difficulty ...
by btilly
Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life
Replies: 125
Views: 11574

Re: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life

Now I find it ironic that religious people so frequently ask atheists what their foundation for moral action is. The irony is that many studies have been done on religious belief versus moral behaviour, and they have consistently found that atheists are more moral in action than religious people. F...
by btilly
Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Impulses and collisions
Replies: 22
Views: 2440

Re: Impulses and collisions

btilly: I see how having 3 or more bodies all colliding simultaneously will result in an infinite number of possibilities, but I only have two in this problem, and this doesn't require impossibly precise aim or timing. I just can't make myself believe that even knowing all of the initial conditions...
by btilly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Impulses and collisions
Replies: 22
Views: 2440

Re: Impulses and collisions

Why should there be a unique solution? There isn't one for point particles: you have to know the angle of scattering of one of the particles in order to determine the rest of the variables. In addition, you shouldn't count angular momentum conservation around two different axes. Angular momentum ar...
by btilly
Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life
Replies: 125
Views: 11574

Re: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life

First my answer, which is different from the others. I am wired how I am wired. My emotions are not generally a product of logical thought, and don't respond to logic. My motivations come from my emotions. The value of my logic is that it helps me achieve the goals set by my emotions within the cons...
by btilly
Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Impulses and collisions
Replies: 22
Views: 2440

Re: Impulses and collisions

Assuming frictionless surfaces, the 6th restriction would be that the impulse transferred be at right angles to the contact between the objects. I'm not sure how one would model friction, but that can definitely adjust the line along which the impulse happens. Something like incoming angle equals ou...
by btilly
Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Inclusion/Exclusion Principle in Prime Sieving?
Replies: 3
Views: 2229

Re: Inclusion/Exclusion Principle in Prime Sieving?

I'm not sure actually that inclusion exclusion helps much in this case. Are you sure they wanted the sum of the primes and not the total number of primes below that bound? Inclusion exclusion will help on the second problem but I don't see an obvious way it would help on the first. Oops, you're rig...

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