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by Sharlos
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18729

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

What happened to the left in Australia? At the moment we have a centre right (labour) and a slightly further right (liberal). And, whilst I quite like the Greens (I'm voting Greens pref Labour), lets be real they'll never be in control (maybe balance of power). Funny. I have a friend who ran for th...
by Sharlos
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18729

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

Is there any reason voting for the senate is so much more forgiving? I can't think of why the parties would see have a problem with making it less complicated voting below the line... oh wait. Nevermind.
by Sharlos
Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer
Replies: 27
Views: 3206

Re: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer

I think he's referring to China's demand for coal being outstripped by their ability to mine it domestically, because China has begun importing a lot of coal from Australia recently.
by Sharlos
Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer
Replies: 27
Views: 3206

Re: China overtakes US as world's biggest energy consumer

Considering China has over 4 times the number of people the US has, it just goes to show how much pollution America (and most of the 'first world') produces and energy it consumes. At least China is actively developing its Nuclear energy capability which will give it a good knowledge base for when t...
by Sharlos
Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be legal?
Replies: 61
Views: 11823

Re: Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be le

I don't think people would want an artificial womb in their house (if that was even possible technically or financially, these things would likely be reused). There are many reasons to be in favor of abortion rights, rights with a plural because its about more than just having the choice to not be p...
by Sharlos
Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18729

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

Preferences are excellect, and are the only way Australia is going to be able to break this socially constructed two-party system that we have. If it wasn't for the preferences system parties like the Greens, Democrats, Australian Sex Party, and a many others would never have existed. Thank's to the...
by Sharlos
Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marriage Rights
Replies: 57
Views: 7810

Re: Marriage Rights

Or you could just keep marriage as it is now. A civil contract called marriage. I know things are a bit different in the US but over 60% of all Australian marriages occurred outside a church without a priest. The idea of letting religion co-opt marriage just seems fundamentally wrong to me.
by Sharlos
Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 47756

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

So after checking out the Australian Sex Party's website I think I'll be going ASP>Greens>Labor because I really like their civil liberty slant. At least for the senate elections. For the Lower House I'll likely vote Labor or Greens>Labor. Edit: forgot to mention the main point of the post being tha...
by Sharlos
Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 47756

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

Yeah, but if the liberals do vote against it like they said they would, then the filter is dead, because labor won't have enough votes in the Senate to get a bill passed.
by Sharlos
Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brainwave controler is here, holy sh*t
Replies: 20
Views: 2909

Re: Brainwave controler is here, holy sh*t

styrofoam wrote:
Kyrn wrote:Just waiting for a brainwave 2-way communicator.

Thanks to the telephone companies lobbying, such a device would probably be illegal.

I doubt it, I can see something like that being a common feature of mobile phones just like GPS or email.
by Sharlos
Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oil tanker hit by... something.
Replies: 43
Views: 5470

Re: Oil tanker hit by... something.

It was North Korean Neo-nazis who lost control of a demon they were summoning with the dark arts.
by Sharlos
Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Australia become a republic?
Replies: 127
Views: 20766

Re: Should Australia become a republic?

I'm against a republic. It seems like lots of effort for little result. I'm also frightened that republicanism (with the lowercase r) will be used as an excuse to mess around with the Washminster system. I'm in favour of stripping the Governor-General of all power, and renaming the post Prince(ss) ...
by Sharlos
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18729

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

Huh, well apparently I'm in a critical seat for the federal election. What to do with this newfound power of mine...
by Sharlos
Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian racism laws used for good rather than evil
Replies: 15
Views: 1836

Re: Australian racism laws used for good rather than evil

Too late, I'm already outraged. Righteously so.
by Sharlos
Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1497306

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

Does anyone else feel pissed off at the world? Just lots of little things over and over again that would take too much effort to fight or argue about one after the other. Or to make people see how close-minded or heterosexist they really are. So yeah, posting in the safespace thread cause I wish I h...
by Sharlos
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Controversial Montana Sex-Education Proposal
Replies: 104
Views: 10499

Re: Controversial Montana Sex-Education Proposal

I'd like to mention to all the straight people in this thread that not wanting kids to be taught about anal and oral sex means not wanting gay and lesbian kids to have a sex education at all. I hope I don't need to point out how harmful a stance like that is.
by Sharlos
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Legal highs now illegal
Replies: 29
Views: 4099

Re: Legal highs now illegal

But whos business is it if an adult gets high on private property?
by Sharlos
Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women
Replies: 96
Views: 10005

Re: French MPs Promote Discrimination Against Muslim Women

Dream wrote: More specifically than that, the French government has for its entire existence been against religion having a strong bearing on the makeup of society. The rights and wrongs are debatable, but the action is in line with long established policies and as such is less likely to be the res...
by Sharlos
Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Correct me if I'm wrong: Christianity and the nudity taboo.
Replies: 22
Views: 5785

Re: Correct me if I'm wrong: Christianity and the nudity tab

Anyways, probably also important to note that in most situations, its not BEING naked that is taboo, it is other people SEEING you naked. Well that's probably in part due to people not wanting to show the goods before they're sold. From what I've noticed a society is usually only strict about nudit...
by Sharlos
Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Poll: Would you sell your right to vote for...?
Replies: 54
Views: 6450

Re: Poll: Would you sell your right to vote for...?

In America, with the electoral college, it is arguably economically irrational to vote (outside swing states, for sure). Wasting several hours of time waiting in line, maybe even forgoing a partial workday depending on how long they are. I live in Illinois and I did not vote in the last election, b...
by Sharlos
Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Correct me if I'm wrong: Christianity and the nudity taboo.
Replies: 22
Views: 5785

Re: Correct me if I'm wrong: Christianity and the nudity tab

The nudity taboo existed long before the bible was created, the bible and Christianity simply reinforced it.
by Sharlos
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia going all-in with its government-run fiber network
Replies: 6
Views: 869

Re: Australia going all-in with its government-run fiber net

It's worth mentioning that Telstra used to be a government owned company tasked with providing telephone services to everyone in the country as well as emergency call centers ect. Once the previous government decided to privatise the company with a monopoly over Australia's telecommunications networ...
by Sharlos
Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman Mistaken For Justin Bieber at Bar, Cops Called
Replies: 13
Views: 3216

Re: Woman Mistaken For Justin Bieber at Bar, Cops Called

I'll leave him alone when he figures out what the word 'german' means.
by Sharlos
Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Government wants ISPs to record browsing history
Replies: 51
Views: 5633

Re: Australian Government wants ISPs to record browsing hist

++$_ wrote:Does a majority of the public support this?

It would surprise me if the majority of the public even knew what your browsing history is.
by Sharlos
Mon May 31, 2010 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tight pants ban takes effect in Indonesia's Aceh
Replies: 42
Views: 6700

Re: Tight pants ban takes effect in Indonesia's Aceh

Spen wrote:And I was hoping this was banning blokes from wearing Skinny Jeans in the UK, no such luck! (That said if you wear skinny jeans you deserve to be clipped round the ear for stupidity!).

Why? I've seen plenty of guys that look cute/hot in skinny jeans.
by Sharlos
Tue May 25, 2010 1:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kids on Race
Replies: 77
Views: 9896

Re: Kids on Race

Isn't that what racism basically is? Preferring one race to another for no real reason, usually just because they're the same race as you? No it isn't. Preference =/= Sense of superiority. Check your dictionary for a definition. True, but preferences can commonly be based on conscious or unconsciou...
by Sharlos
Sat May 22, 2010 8:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Torture Inquiry
Replies: 10
Views: 1773

Re: UK Torture Inquiry

What do we stand to possibly gain from this? Other than royally pissing off the security services and inviting public distrust into their relationship with the country. My existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain mys...
by Sharlos
Fri May 21, 2010 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'
Replies: 184
Views: 22216

Re: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'

How does China wield so much power in the U.N. that by abstaining it can completely block sanctions or other punishments on NK? What? China is the most populous nation on earth. Second largest economy in the world. Fastest growing economy in the world. Why do tiny little France and UK get veto powe...
by Sharlos
Fri May 21, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'
Replies: 184
Views: 22216

Re: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'

Even if assasinating leaders is illegal, why would that stop any country that has the means to assasinate foriegn political leaders? It hasn't stopped them from trying in the past.
by Sharlos
Wed May 19, 2010 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smallpox demise linked to spread of HIV infection
Replies: 13
Views: 3309

Re: Smallpox demise linked to spread of HIV infection

I think this is supposed to prevent infection, though. Can you test that on someone already infected? I'm seriously asking, i'm not a doctor and have no idea. I think they measure how well it reduces the rate of virus duplication or your immune system's response to the virus that's present. Don't q...
by Sharlos
Wed May 19, 2010 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smallpox demise linked to spread of HIV infection
Replies: 13
Views: 3309

Re: Smallpox demise linked to spread of HIV infection

Spambot5546 wrote:
Plasma Man wrote:...this is interesting and I'd like to see a clinical trial carried out.

Wouldn't that trial involve giving a bunch of people AIDS? o_O

HIV trials typically involve giving it to people already infected and then measuring the results.
by Sharlos
Mon May 10, 2010 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congrats, you're parts Neanderthal!
Replies: 36
Views: 4131

Re: Congrats, you're parts Neanderthal!

reevey wrote:My only thought on this was that it explains why we still have the BNP in the UK. And West Ham/Millwall/Cardiff/Leeds etc soccer hooligans.

Well that's pretty racist, assuming that douchebags like them have anything in common with Neanderthals.
by Sharlos
Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Steven Hawking on Intelligent life in the Universe
Replies: 61
Views: 6801

Re: Steven Hawking on Intelligent life in the Universe

And why would they want us for slaves? I find it very very likely if they have the technology to go here, they can design robots and computers far better than us at whatever task you can imagine, be it mining or building cars. It's really rather arrogant to think we'd be interesting as slaves, it'd...
by Sharlos
Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28540

Re: Market Anarchy

I'm beginning to think that letting many aspects of our society be managed and/or regulated by a free market would be a good thing but there are some aspects of our society where I don't think it would work very well at all (or at least in its entirety). I think my ideal system would be almost entir...
by Sharlos
Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IMF to tax the banks?
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: IMF to tax the banks?

Looks like an interesting beginning to a world government to me.
by Sharlos
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Income Distribution By Religion
Replies: 47
Views: 6801

Re: US Income Distribution By Religion

JayAr wrote:If a magical talking rock is made of granite and tells me it's quartz is it quartz?

That is in no way supposed to be taken seriously

If I came across a magical talking rock, it can call itself whatever it wants.
by Sharlos
Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 17191

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

skellious wrote:no, democracy. You could have socialist democracy (see star trek and the federation)

Yeah, but how is that relevant to the discussion at hand? I don't think we're discussing if it should be a democracy or not, but what kind of economic system it should use.
by Sharlos
Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 17191

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

skellious wrote:it doesnt work well but it works a damn sight better than the rest.

I'll just assume your referring to capitalism then.
by Sharlos
Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 17191

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

short answer: no. long answer: people are inherently selfish in one way or another, eventually someone will get upset becuase they will see the system forced on them and will do everything they can to make it fail; as Winston once said "democracy is the worst form of government, apart from all...
by Sharlos
Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 47756

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

Auwolf wrote:lol wut...

It will not be illegal if you bypass the filter. What is the point of the filter then? I am not supporting it in any way but this doesn't make sense.

Well at least IF it gets passed, it should be such a failure that removing it shouldn't be too hard.

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