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by Kulantan
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Steadfast Trust
Replies: 43
Views: 10459

Re: The Steadfast Trust

Listen, if you keep linking to things that (once you look a bit) turn out to be deeply enmeshed in racist politics, folks might start jumping to conclusions. Links with the Steadfast Trust and Steadfast magazine 5.22 The Members of the Commission noted that the applicants made several references in ...
by Kulantan
Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The President of the United States' "Kill List"
Replies: 73
Views: 8854

Re: The President of the United States' "Kill List"

Because Pakistan is just fine with drone strikes instead....
by Kulantan
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HIV-positive man receives 35-year sentence for spitting
Replies: 125
Views: 19480

Re: HIV-positive man receives 35-year sentence for spitting

If by possible you mean it in the same way that it is possible to kill someone by punching them once in the chest. It is not in any way probable or likely. Transmission through kissing requires very specific and unlikely circumstances.
by Kulantan
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311074

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Steroid wrote:Fine, it's a strawman. Whatever. Can we agree that it's wrong and I'm right to be against it?
Yeah, can't we agree that the Nazi Space Pope is wrong and that I'm right to be against it*?

*The NZP is a hermaphroditic lizard.
by Kulantan
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311074

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

AKA a commie clock is right twice a day.
by Kulantan
Mon May 28, 2012 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy:Frankfurt cleared by police
Replies: 78
Views: 9798

Re: Occupy:Frankfurt cleared by police

For (1), did read what I said? Do you know that nothing they did was illegal? I didn't ask for ex post facto laws. Stop assuming that that's what I'm calling for. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703597804576194871565429108.html http://www.marketplace.org/topics/your-money/justice-dept...
by Kulantan
Mon May 28, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310304

Re: The radical idea that women are people

I give thousands of years of memetic evolution a bit more credit than that - society is necessarily benefitted in some way by having clothing conventions, otherwise the meme would have died. Pandas, the best argument against intelligent design and survival of the fittest. With less less elliptic sn...
by Kulantan
Sat May 26, 2012 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California Considering Law to Ban "Gay Conversion" Therapies
Replies: 84
Views: 11307

Re: California Considering Law to Ban "Gay Conversion" Thera

Now, if an APA member engages in radical gay conversion therapy, that therapist can get sanctioned by the people who know what they're talking about. And if a citizen is getting therapy from someone without a license, then they're entitled to a full serving of caveat emptor. Problem solved, and wit...
by Kulantan
Fri May 25, 2012 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California Considering Law to Ban "Gay Conversion" Therapies
Replies: 84
Views: 11307

Re: California Considering Law to Ban "Gay Conversion" Thera

That is a slippery slope argument though. The evidence is that the therapy is "unlikely to be successful and involves some risk of harm,". This is the informed consent statement: "Having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. Sexual orientation change...
by Kulantan
Fri May 25, 2012 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California Considering Law to Ban "Gay Conversion" Therapies
Replies: 84
Views: 11307

Re: California Considering Law to Ban "Gay Conversion" Thera

I think the state has a clear interest in protecting minors from the asshattery of their parents, but I don't accept that adults can only undertake a legal therapy by confessing that it is harmful and useless ahead of time. I think informed consent is a sensible requirement for something with these...
by Kulantan
Sun May 20, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 656542

Re: EVE Online

Ok, I'm loving exploration. I found myself a corp. Me and their chief explorer went on a high sec scanning rampage. Her in a Tengu and me just providing an extra scanner in my frigate to find things faster. We made about 430 mil in a couple of hours. I love being (kinda almost) useful right from the...
by Kulantan
Mon May 14, 2012 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 656542

Re: EVE Online

I'm back trying EVE again (my first try was 2 years ago for a couple of weeks as a trader who lost his measly fortune* running NPC trade goods between low sec systems*). After completing the tutorial missions I think the most interesting thing I have tried is the whole exploration thing. My plan at ...
by Kulantan
Fri May 11, 2012 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rochdale: Nine Found Guilty of Child Sex Offenses
Replies: 18
Views: 4533

Re: Rochdale: Nine Found Guilty of Child Sex Offenses

Not quite. The quoted cite covers all grooming rather than just group grooming which is all the original claim covered. Which makes it rather pointless in regard to the claim.
by Kulantan
Fri May 11, 2012 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rochdale: Nine Found Guilty of Child Sex Offenses
Replies: 18
Views: 4533

Re: Rochdale: Nine Found Guilty of Child Sex Offenses

The proportion of the population of the U.K which is of Indian or Pakistani origin is 3.1%. Clearly disproportionate. Disproportionate sure, but it is a big jump to overwhelming portion of the total. When figures are adjusted for this particular kind of grooming, the disparity increases. CROP estim...
by Kulantan
Fri May 11, 2012 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US military teaching 'total war' on Islam
Replies: 65
Views: 9078

Re: US military teaching 'total war' on Islam

It's a remnant of an earlier time in the military where our strategy and thinking was very, err, questionable, but we've gotten away from that. Forgive the scepticism about having gotten away from that culture when this came to light a mere month ago. Also, I hate to tell you this, but I can't tell...
by Kulantan
Fri May 11, 2012 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rochdale: Nine Found Guilty of Child Sex Offenses
Replies: 18
Views: 4533

Re: Rochdale: Nine Found Guilty of Child Sex Offenses

empirically, this sort of crime (group-based child sex grooming) is performed overwhelmingly by men of Middle-Eastern backgrounds, Could we see a cite for that? but theres a reluctance to admit this, or to draw any conclusions. What conclusions do you think we can draw from these cases? The general...
by Kulantan
Sun May 06, 2012 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun
Replies: 400
Views: 49828

Re: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun

I was ridiculing the idea that the risk of a group must be applicable to every member of the group aka [group] risk is [individual] risk. However I do think it is a bit much to pretend to seriously ponder the risk of specific circumstances that you are this sure of: As for the bullies, we still don'...
by Kulantan
Sun May 06, 2012 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135236

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

by Kulantan
Sun May 06, 2012 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun
Replies: 400
Views: 49828

Re: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun

But you persist in attacking that angle because it suits your belief that the safety issues caused by arming kids are not relevant to this case. It's foolish, and some might go so far as to say it's idiotic. Remind me where in this thread I have said anything to do with a "belief that the safe...
by Kulantan
Sun May 06, 2012 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun
Replies: 400
Views: 49828

Re: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun

Your example implies you don't actually understand what he's getting at, but are prepared to judge him in your ignorance. That is much more idiotic than is applying a statistical likelihood to an individual situation. Or I might just have been using cunningly hyperbolic rhetoric to ridicule the ide...
by Kulantan
Sun May 06, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun
Replies: 400
Views: 49828

Re: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun

morriswalters, I don't doubt it is good advice for the insurance industry. I agree that the correlation between being murdered and being black makes being black a risk factor for murder. But only in the strict epidemiological sense of the term risk factor. In that it is a clear and easily measurable...
by Kulantan
Sun May 06, 2012 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun
Replies: 400
Views: 49828

Re: Gay teen faces expulsion for defense via stungun

morriswalters wrote:risk is risk


World wide, black people are more likely to starve than white people.

Therefore:

A) Barack Obama is more likely to starve than a homeless white guy.

Or

B) You're an idiot.
by Kulantan
Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Morality of Serving in the U.S. Military
Replies: 23
Views: 7957

Re: The Morality of Serving in the U.S. Military

If you DO NOT agree with the choices made by the military, putting yourself in the position to make those decisions yourself is a great way to change things. So, regardless of your feelings towards military morality, joining gives you an opportunity to do what you think is right, even though it may...
by Kulantan
Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)
Replies: 44
Views: 7828

Re: North Korean rocket launch (womp womp)

In other news, "classified imagery sources" lead analysts to believe the cause of the crash was the structural collapse of the third stage due to aerodynamic loading: http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/hyper ... h-fai.html Paint me highly sceptical about the idea of western intelligence an...
by Kulantan
Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Drug Legalization on the Agenda at Summit of Americas
Replies: 55
Views: 7382

Re: Drug Legalization on the Agenda at Summit of Americas

Iulus Cofield wrote:At this point, the northern Mexican cartels don't actually make the majority of their income from drugs anymore.

Citation?
by Kulantan
Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Trained Anti-Iran Terrorists in 2005 and Beyond
Replies: 65
Views: 10472

Re: US Trained Anti-Iran Terrorists in 2005 and Beyond

@Thesh, no they cannot confirm or deny that they trained freedom fighters. @Derek, it would take a lot for them to be the worst guys the US has ever backed. Also, if the accusations of the US providing training are true then it does rather cast some doubt on the whole "have renounced violence&q...
by Kulantan
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 3 (Seriously, Use Spoilers People!)
Replies: 1908
Views: 278141

Re: Mass Effect 3 (To Avoid Spoilers -Don't Read)

I think that the reapers might be more concerned with the activities of the Geth in peacetime rather than their potential for wiping out all organic life. The problem is that they were building a Dyson sphere/matryoshka brain. To be most efficient per system a Dyson sphere/matryoshka brain will inco...
by Kulantan
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days
Replies: 62
Views: 8625

Re: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days

Two things: First is that, as my edit notes, this was not the thing he was charged with. I was in error. The likelihood of it stirring up racial hatred is irrelevant to the charges brought against him. Secondly, racial hatred is defined thusly in the Act: In this Part “racial hatred” means hatred ag...
by Kulantan
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days
Replies: 62
Views: 8625

Re: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days

True, but that is not what they charged him with. This is what I think they charged him with (which he also totes did broke). The other one was the first thing I could find in UK law that resembled "fighting words". Edit: futher reading indicates that he was not charged with inciting racia...
by Kulantan
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days
Replies: 62
Views: 8625

Re: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days

Here a relevant English law, which also neatly sidesteps the issue of "an immediate breach of the peace".
by Kulantan
Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 3 (Seriously, Use Spoilers People!)
Replies: 1908
Views: 278141

Re: Mass Effect 3 (To Avoid Spoilers -Don't Read)

I think it could be more than a need to transport the indoctrinated. As seen with Saren, indoctrination can be broken by sufficiently convincing evidence and rhetoric. The ship-like internals of a reaper might be designed to be stage dressing for the indoctrination of the "we can control the Re...
by Kulantan
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Georgia Lawmaker Compares Women to Cattle
Replies: 41
Views: 28275

Re: Georgia Lawmaker Compares Women to Cattle

Chen, here is his full statement. He was arguing against abortion. His point is not that it is good to deliver animals/babies alive or dead, merely that it is natural/right to do so. He was using the animals stillbirths to try an convince people having made these decisions for farm animals qualifies...
by Kulantan
Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama Rejects Exemption for Religious Hospitals
Replies: 210
Views: 21416

Re: Obama Rejects Exemption for Religious Hospitals

Obviously this brings up the question of exactly who does pay for it, and for that matter, how this part is enforced (I haven't seen any details there). Not really. Children, giving birth and the conditions that birth control can be used to treat all tend to be pretty darn expensive for health insu...
by Kulantan
Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Los Angeles Prohibits Frisbee on Beaches
Replies: 73
Views: 8641

Re: Los Angeles Prohibits Frisbee on Beaches

Enough assholes have made the beach-going experience of others shit, and now you got this law. Sadly, the innocent pay for the guilty. I wish they had gone about it differently, but if it means the rude jackasses have less ways of encroaching upon other people, so be it. Are the beaches in LA parti...
by Kulantan
Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Protest against US actions against Iran
Replies: 139
Views: 11700

Re: Protest against US actions against Iran

Given that they could already commit genocide with other WMDs, is bombing their nuclear program (or sanctioning them) really the best to prevent a hypothetical genocide?

Wouldn't that just antagonise them for no serious gain in the "prevention of hypothetical genocide" stakes.
by Kulantan
Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Protest against US actions against Iran
Replies: 139
Views: 11700

Re: Protest against US actions against Iran

Chemical weapons tend to be easier to defend against than nukes (a closed air supply will normally do it). Biological weapons are quite literally a plague upon both your houses and are MAD on their own (or developing and producing a cure/immunisation is very expensive and prone to espionage). If you...
by Kulantan
Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 94910

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

@KnightExemplar, is it bad faith when I'm being serious but dickish? Also, I do agree with your clarified point. My problem is with the idea that there is no piracy reducing strategy which doesn't harm consumers. @Randomizer, yes if a company sells something at a loss it is really bad. I'm suggestin...
by Kulantan
Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 94910

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

KnightExemplar wrote:Regardless of your approach, all of the moves to avoid piracy ultimately hurt the consumer.


Dropping your price so that more folk decide that they will pay for it rather than pirate it hurts the consumer?
by Kulantan
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HIV-positive man receives 35-year sentence for spitting
Replies: 125
Views: 19480

Re: HIV-positive man receives 35-year sentence for spitting

I'm not arguing that they are Innocence of all crimes that the state could have charged them with. I have said that they are clearly guilty under sections 22.01 or 22.11 of Title 5 of the Texas penal code. I am arguing that they are inoccent in regard to assault with a deadly weapon and attempted mu...

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