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by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11876

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

The Sodom and Gomorrah reference always makes me chuckle a bit, because it means these people aren't even very familiar with the Bible. "This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy" - Eze...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37896

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

I have news for you; if you work as a minimum wage grunt for 5 years, no employer will give you the time of day. You get trapped in the cycle where you don't have any 'experience' so you can't get the jobs that would give the experience. This is exactly it. Which is why a minimum wage job is not a ...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Segregation in the name of free speech
Replies: 43
Views: 8636

Segregation in the name of free speech

Spotted this lovely gem earlier today: The segregation of women and the appeasement of bigotry Ultimately, if imposing an unsegregated seating area in addition to the segregated areas contravenes the genuinely held religious beliefs of the group hosting the event, or those of the speaker, the instit...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the smallest object that has gravity?
Replies: 65
Views: 19582

Re: What is the smallest object that has gravity?

Cool story! I wouldn't have expected that to work, because of the (assumedly) large distance, but apparantely it does... Well, let's see here. Rough estimate of a garbage truck's mass -- 15 tonnes. Rough estimate of the distance -- 10 meters. Rough estimate of the test mass -- 10 kg. By the power o...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11876

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

Red Hal wrote:Sorry, that wasn't very clear. What I meant is that your post was a comment satirising the style you were using and not a piece of genuine fruitloopery. It was a compliment not a criticism.

Haha, okay. Thanks! :)
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11876

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

Red Hal wrote:Any non-commenting paragraph (yours *is*) with that many capital letters in the middle of sentences throws up a caution alert before I even read it.

I can't tell whether this is a criticism.
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30263

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Given the choice between the government telling me what I can and cannot read, and the potential of dangerous information being out there, I'll take the latter every day of the week. In my opinion, having the government decide what information is good and what information is bad is far more dangero...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11876

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

The random antivax at the end throws me a little... usually antivax/chemophobia/etc are more associated with extremists on the left - this sort of nature-worship being what you get when you take environmentalism to extremes... As opposed to the right-wing extremism evident in the rest of the screed...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37896

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

Trying to raise minimum wage to a living wage misses the point of minimum wage not being a viable career choice. We should direct our energies to making minimum-wage jobs a temporary or part-time thing instead of a career fallback. Of course, it's easy to type those words on a computer screen in a ...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Resistance and Velocity Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1526

Re: Resistance and Velocity Problem

Yeah, pretty much anything that involves drag is going to throw a differential equation at you. Which, on the one hand, is unpleasant....but, on the other hand, they're fairly common and so it's easy to find solutions if you aren't familiar with them already. One thing which might be fun to do (but ...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30263

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Given the choice between the government telling me what I can and cannot read, and the potential of dangerous information being out there, I'll take the latter every day of the week. In my opinion, having the government decide what information is good and what information is bad is far more dangero...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11876

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

Hey there. I'm relatively close to a fundamentalist satanist. Aside from being an atheist. Well, that rather knocks everything askew, don't you think? But the Satan of the bible really speaks to me. I believe this God character should be fought against, that we should strive for our own improvement...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37896

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

Trying to raise minimum wage to a living wage misses the point of minimum wage not being a viable career choice. We should direct our energies to making minimum-wage jobs a temporary or part-time thing instead of a career fallback. Of course, it's easy to type those words on a computer screen in a f...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Pluto Strikes Back
Replies: 1
Views: 3441

Pluto Strikes Back

Have we notified Pluto that it has been demoted to dwarf planet status? If you were a Plutonian, how would you react to the news? Would you plan a retaliatory strike on Earth to demonstrate your planet status? How are you going to get anything to Earth? How would you have heard about it in the first...
by davidstarlingm
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "She did not much like him, but she liked HIS liking her."
Replies: 8
Views: 4926

Re: "She did not much like him, but she liked HIS liking her

While I won't come right out and provide the answer, breaking the sentence up into its proper components might help you find it. [Brackets] denote clauses, {curly braces} denote phrases, bold denotes a noun, underline denotes a verb, italics denotes a modifier. ⋅ She did not much like him,...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37896

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

The rationale they use is that the people picking blueberries get to eat the blueberries as they pick them, plus take some home, so they are 'really' making a bit of wealth that isn't accounted for via wages. Are you serious? Well, I know a lot of farm employees are paid on a piece rate basis, wher...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 18283

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

suso wrote:What I'm wondering is why the Earth is at the center (or near center) of this diagram? Are we still that arrogant?

Presumably because "neighborhood" is typically defined by a given radius from wherever you live.
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consequentialism in law
Replies: 29
Views: 11554

Re: Consequentialism in law

We don't punish people based on crimes they almost committed. Even if the reason they didn't actually commit that crime was luck. The basic principle is a good thing: Alice would steal your TV, but you locked your front door and she can't pick it. It wouldn't really make sense to charge Alice with ...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 3D visual perception
Replies: 40
Views: 7311

Re: 3D visual perception

Basically what heatsink, I, and the OP (I think) are talking about is a sense of vision or perception that would allow us to simultaneously SEE an entire 3d object at once. This means I would be able to "look" at a 3d box and -without moving either my eyes or the box in any way- see all 6...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37896

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

sardia wrote:That's not indicative of the earning potential of a degree, try using lifetim earnings instead. Then you capture degrees that really pay off over the long run.

Well, earning potential wasn't really what I was going for.
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37896

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

The minimum wage business always amuses me just a little bit, because when I started my first job as a paralegal (which transitioned to basically running the law firm within a week) while I was getting my certification, I was making a grand total of $8/hr. In today's money, that's still only $9.27....
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 18283

Re: 1298: "Exoplanet Neighborhood"

Seriously, right? Accelerating that cup of sugar out of your neighbor's gravity well and slowing it down on entry into our own is going to cost you at least 5e7 joules. You're going to use that interstellar space elevator, right? Or do you perhaps use a slingshot to hand your neighbour a cup of sug...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 18283

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

San Fran Sam wrote:Yeah, but borrowing a cup of sugar from one of these neighbors is going to be a real bear.

Seriously, right? Accelerating that cup of sugar out of your neighbor's gravity well and slowing it down on entry into our own is going to cost you at least 5e7 joules.
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the smallest object that has gravity?
Replies: 65
Views: 19582

Re: What is the smallest object that has gravity?

Cool story! I wouldn't have expected that to work, because of the (assumedly) large distance, but apparantely it does... Well, let's see here. Rough estimate of a garbage truck's mass -- 15 tonnes. Rough estimate of the distance -- 10 meters. Rough estimate of the test mass -- 10 kg. By the power o...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30263

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Many people hate living in a world in which things are complicated and decisions are difficult. They desperately want to delegate that decision-making responsibility to some other authority, because it's easier not having to think about this stuff. And plenty of religious and political figures are ...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37896

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

I never put money in the tip jar. I knew someone at a pizza shop, and the manager just takes it. Aw, that's very unfortunate. It depends on context for me. Some places, where you don't really have personalized service(it's just a stand that exchanges money for things), tipping feels inappropriate. ...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11876

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

"Real" satanists, so far as I can tell, consist of maybe three people at a time, mostly uninformed teenagers looking to act out. Haha! Hardly anyone with any sort of power or organization. Most fundies would likely consider wiccanism and paganism in general as falling under their ill-defi...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA in Kentucky
Replies: 42
Views: 9686

Re: ACA in Kenucky

Kentucky's gonna stay red regardless. How red? I don't know the demographics there well enough to say. So, I can't predict accurately on the specific case. Having grown up in Central KY, I always found it profoundly curious (or at least moderately curious) that local politics were almost exclusivel...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consequentialism in law
Replies: 29
Views: 11554

Re: Consequentialism in law

Should you really reward someone with a lesser sentence because they were lucky? Certainly not, but we do, because it's easier than trying to get a jury to consistently evaluate how lucky/unlucky the suspect is. I don't think this would be too much to expect of a jury. A few "experts" com...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1297: "Oort Cloud"
Replies: 44
Views: 13491

Re: 1196: "Oort Cloud"

I felt like the art for this one left a little to be desired. If not for the title of the comic itself, I would have had NO idea what it was about. This, plus in a couple of months/years almost nobody will get it. Then I must be missing something. What about this comic is so current people wouldn't...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11876

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

As far as 'actual' Satanists, are they like the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in that they know the whole thing is a giant parody? Or are they like the Wiccans, where they think it's real? According to the really hardcore fundie Christians, there are real Satanists out there sacrificing ca...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 32615

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

As gmalivuk pointed out a while back, wood smoke is REALLY nasty stuff -- just as bad as cigarette smoke, if not worse. Yet people find the look, scent, and feeling of a campfire (or a wood-burning fireplace) enjoyable, so they burn wood anyway. If I go camping every few years and build a campfire,...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11876

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

I love that all arguments that fundies make can be made by fundamental satanists. Hurricanes caused by homosexuality? No; clearly they are caused by abstinence! Gay marriage will lead to bestiality? Banning gay marriage will lead to banning all marriage! Are "fundamental satanists" partic...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30263

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Slate has a long and fairly detailed piece looking at this case specifically, as well as interviews from several adoptive children in different families with similar sorts of experiences. I'll throw on a trigger warning if you aren't really comfortable reading about stories of child abuse. The piec...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37896

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

I never put money in the tip jar. I knew someone at a pizza shop, and the manager just takes it. That pizza shop may or may not be representative of every pooled-tip place. I usually go based on how glad the cashier seems to be when I drop my change in. If they thank me excitedly, I conclude it act...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1297: "Oort Cloud"
Replies: 44
Views: 13491

Re: 1196: "Oort Cloud"

Red Hal wrote:No, but in case it hits earth on the return journey, they're installing a slew of High Orbit Ballistic InTerceptors on the anti-comet platform they're building. That's right; they're taking the HOBITs to ISONGuard.

You win.

But apparently ISON has survived now?
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism
Replies: 81
Views: 11876

Re: Daily Dose of Fundamentalism

Though what if one was preop and one was postop? THEN WHAT? Let people define themselves in their own ways, let them choose their own labels and only if they want to. That is all. Absolutely. No argument from me -- I was just characterizing the sort of confusion which might be present in discussion...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37896

Re: Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

fwiw, medical residents make about $12 an hour, if you ignore things they have to do outside of the hospital (such as studying and working on papers/presentations) And I'm not sure it makes much sense to ignore those things because I can't think of an hourly-paid job that requires the workers to do...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30263

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Growing up fundamentalist, it's very hard for me to think about faith/religion in terms of anything else than a system which guarantees certain results in exchange for certain actions. Fundamentalism is attractive for many reasons, but one of the predominant reasons is that it allows you to abdicate...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 32615

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Smoking Causes Genetic Damage Within Minutes After Inhaling If you look around on the page that I linked to there are news blurbs of studies on nicotine and tobacco free cigarette and second hand smoke. Of course take it with a grain of salt. Since they haven't identified the path to addiction, and...

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