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by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30310

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

So you are saying that banning books that incite violence, or banning hate speech or bullying, just isn't possible without also banning good things too? Why not? Because it isn't possible for the law to determine any universal definition of "bad" things. If the law can ban this book, then...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 18300

Re: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"

Of course, a planet being in the habital zone is like getting one number on a lottery ticket, better than nothing, but still nowhere close to getting the jackpot. There is a large number of perquisites for complex life to exist and, statistically speaking, it's very likely that life does not exist ...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Medical radioactive waste stolen in Mexico
Replies: 45
Views: 8226

Re: Medical radioactive waste stolen in Mexico

The whole "this is not a place of honor" thing seems promising. I agree, but I was never certain how they designated 'no honor'. The problem with the skull and crossbones was that bone/skull/trophy collectors may assume it's a warning that someone important was buried there, along with th...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?
Replies: 115
Views: 28853

Re: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?

In egg-laying species where the male is expected to take over part of the keeping-the-egg-warm duty and so forth, you could conceivably end up with a more social and developed society.
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bacteria in Spaaace
Replies: 14
Views: 3397

Re: Bacteria in Spaaace

1) No. As pointed out, all life on Earth requires water to grow and reproduce. No water, no reproduction. No reproduction, no adaption/evolution. 2) Surviving on the moon, yes, as others have noted. But it would be impossible to engineer any Earth life that could actually grow and reproduce without...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Puzzle on Survivor
Replies: 7
Views: 3236

Puzzle on Survivor

Was watching a Survivor episode from last week and spotted a challenge which seemed particularly interesting from a mathematical point of view. Contestants had to get four cubes out of a maze and then stack them in a particular way. The cubes had various colors on each of their six sides, some repea...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30310

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Religious people are still going to beat their children regardless of whether this book remains legal, so having access to this book can help us characterize how abusive parenting practices propagate. You paint with a pretty wide brush, although I don't think you mean to. Most Religious parents won...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Medical radioactive waste stolen in Mexico
Replies: 45
Views: 8226

Re: Medical radioactive waste stolen in Mexico

The whole "this is not a place of honor" thing seems promising.
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling movement
Replies: 26
Views: 4894

Re: Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling moveme

So basically you're mad at the Deep South, and homeschooling is just coincidentally caught up in the mess. Apparently only 38% of parents choose to homeschool out of "A desire to provide religious or moral instruction". I'd say your claim of plurality is simply misinformed, likely because...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA tracking cell phone locations
Replies: 98
Views: 14762

Re: NSA tracking cell phone locations

Anyone who was surprised by this, raise your hand.

Anyone with a hand raised, follow me. I have some snow in Alaska you might be interested in.
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11892

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

There are some very rare cases where gender (sex?) ratios would be critical. Like, doomsday preparation or founding a space colony. You really want to have reasonable ratios of males and females. And you also want them to all be hetero, and fertile, and probably cis too, with low self-esteem and a ...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling movement
Replies: 26
Views: 4894

Re: Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling moveme

A damnably generous helping of personal experience. Right, that's the problem you have a very narrow view of the issue. Actually, I have a pretty exhaustive view of the intersection of religious fundamentalism with homeschooling, thanks. There was nothing narrow about my experiences with religious ...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling movement
Replies: 26
Views: 4894

Re: Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling moveme

I have an itching problem with everything here and that is that it is too focused on the fact that it is homeschool. I homeschool my kids and I know that is why I am taking offense. Before this spirals out of control.... My wife and I were both homeschooled K-12, we were both homeschool apostates, ...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"
Replies: 41
Views: 20334

Re: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"

Birds aren't dinosaurs!! They're a different baramin, a different created kind. Birds were created on day 5; dinosaurs were created on day 6 ... There is much that is known to be unknown, but is it not unreasonable to think that perhaps all dinosaurs (or, at least, the "birdlike" theropod...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling movement
Replies: 26
Views: 4894

Re: Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling moveme

I really don't see how the author is drawing the correlation between home schooling, the religious right and abuse. Child abuse is child abuse, I don't see how homeschooling is relevant here. Because there is a strong, established network of religious right homeschoolers supporting the abusers. I'd...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bacteria in Spaaace
Replies: 14
Views: 3397

Re: Bacteria in Spaaace

Is "theorethically" a typo, or an amazing portamanteau?

I personally don't see how it's possible for bacteria to survive and multiply without a liquid medium of some kind.
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling movement
Replies: 26
Views: 4894

Bam goes the lid -- rebels from the homeschooling movement

So this is a little personal for me, but whatever.

The Homeschool Apostates

It's a good-sized read, but it's quite excellent. This was my life, really -- I know a lot of the people in the stories personally. I was raised to be one of the Culture Warriors and so forth.
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11892

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

The reason it was on my mind was actually because I had looked up the application form for MasterChef, just for kicks, and that's where I saw male/female/transgender. For something like that, a two-question binary seems like it would serve their purposes much better. You could do a double question o...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11892

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

Yeah, that was just me checking and acknowledging my privilege. Instead of the increasing number of terms, perhaps something along the lines of the following three questions? 1) On a scale of one to ten, how strongly do you identify as male? 2) On a scale of one to ten, how strongly do you identify...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11892

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

I suppose so, but that seems exclusionary in the way that "white" and "non-white" would be. The term genderqueer is becoming fairly well established (if not yet fully mainstream). On edit: y'know, there really is something truly magical about two white, straight cis-men discussi...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30310

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Doesn't advocating for child abuse fail the imminent violent action(the old test was clear and present danger) test? The nature of the writing is such that its advocacy is time-independent, so I think there's no imminency involved. What's wrong with a public outcry leading to less people buying thi...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11892

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

If someone wants to refer to themselves as "A Transgender" then I certainly wouldn't even consider telling them otherwise, but I agree that as a catch-all (i.e. non-cis) term it is ... problematic, especially as it excludes people who explicitly identify as agendered. Genderqueer seems to...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 21252

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

My parents raised us without TV for religious and sensibility reasons Gotta ask: what text from what religious writings proscribe TV, and why? (barring Amish-style proscriptions against anything post 1800) Ooooh boy. The text that was most often cited was Philippians 4:8 -- "Whatsoever things ...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 75076

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

Eh? In the frame of the moving object, the moving object is standing still, there is no kinetic energy and gravity thus doesn't act on it. The gravitational interaction between two objects does not depend on the absolute velocity of the objects. Of course, that's the principle of relativity. But it...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30310

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Religious people are still going to beat their children regardless of whether this book remains legal, so having access to this book can help us characterize how abusive parenting practices propagate. You paint with a pretty wide brush, although I don't think you mean to. Most Religious parents won...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30310

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

While rational people may universally agree that To Train Up A Child is a steaming pile of swineshit ( with apologies for demeaning steaming piles of swineshit everywhere ), the arguments against legislated censorship are more than robust enough to cover it. Religious people are still going to beat ...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Medical radioactive waste stolen in Mexico
Replies: 45
Views: 8226

Re: Medical radioactive waste stolen in Mexico

We had a very small bit of this stuff in the lab where I did my undergrad. Under a pile of lead bricks. Literally.
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"
Replies: 41
Views: 20334

Re: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"

Birds aren't dinosaurs!! They're a different baramin, a different created kind. Birds were created on day 5; dinosaurs were created on day 6 alongside humans. Birds aren't dinosaurs because evolution can't happen. How we can we be expected to trust your quasidarwinianornithoreligious rhetoric when ...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 75076

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

Gravity is simply reference-frame dependent. The relativistic mass gained by approaching the speed of light only exists in the reference frame of the very-fast-moving object, and thus gravity does not operate on it directly.
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 18300

Re: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"

What I'm wondering is why the Earth is at the center (or near center) of this diagram? Are we still that arrogant? Well we are at the center of the visible universe... Haha! Well quantized redshifts do seem to indicate that our galaxy is about the centre, in intergalactic terms of scale. I'm not su...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 21252

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

My parents raised us without TV for religious and sensibility reasons, and I now find it incredibly difficult not to be riveted to a TV screen whenever one is visible. Everyone around me can walk by a TV without looking at it....but I can't.

I was still always smug about it, though.
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11892

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

To be fair, I didn't say the whole rant was typical evangelical fare; I said it started as typical evangelical fare. If no one in your church would ever say any of the things in the first paragraph I quoted, I'm not so sure your church is as evangelical as you think it is. :wink: Evangelical is not...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11892

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

Gosh, I am an evangelical. (Heck, I am a Baptist.) I had no idea such a weird rant was [*]typical evangelical fare[*]. Nobody in my church would say such a thing. But it must be true. The OP has spoken. Thanks for enlightening us. To be fair, I didn't say the whole rant was typical evangelical fare...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30310

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Amazon has stopped carrying other books based on public outcry. Oh. Well if that's the case I might need to revise the level of self-righteous fury in my post regarding that point. Let's see.... The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct was dropped back in 2010. Wh...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30310

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

I too would prefer it if corporations, willingly and on their own, agreed to stop using children to labor in coal mines, rather than the government mandating who they can and cannot hire. That dastardly government, always telling people what to do. It's not right, I say! We can ban child labor, but...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the smallest object that has gravity?
Replies: 65
Views: 19605

Re: What is the smallest object that has gravity?

Well, the concept of measuring a particular force is more easily conceptualized if we think about what weight would or wouldn't affect instrumentation. Hence the eyebrow hair example. I'm guessing a small grain of sand is in the same ballpark. Anything around 10 -7 grams will work, and it's not ter...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30310

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

I too would prefer it if corporations, willingly and on their own, agreed to stop using children to labor in coal mines, rather than the government mandating who they can and cannot hire. That dastardly government, always telling people what to do. It's not right, I say! We can ban child labor, but...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1294: "Telescope Names"
Replies: 89
Views: 23609

Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

If you want to make the intellectual fundies mad, just call it the First Event.
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"
Replies: 41
Views: 20334

Re: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"

Birds aren't dinosaurs!! They're a different baramin, a different created kind. Birds were created on day 5; dinosaurs were created on day 6 alongside humans. Birds aren't dinosaurs because evolution can't happen.
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Segregation in the name of free speech
Replies: 43
Views: 8646

Re: Segregation in the name of free speech

That's...odd. I suppose I'd argue for the right of people to segregate themselves, I guess. If that's whatcha want, free country. I can't see how "I'm offended" = "I can't speak", though. If you choose to only exercise your right to freedom of speech in front of segregated group...

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