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by Eric the .5b
Today, 03:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1154
Views: 38937

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

In the case of medical people, cops, firefighters, pharmacists, etc, I have no conflict. The job is to serve all people who come to you. Don't like that? Find something else to do. I have no problem whatsoever with this, given the state power wrapped up in these jobs. (Pharmacists can make decision...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 19:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie
Replies: 3863
Views: 219197

Re: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie

Treat him well so his descendants don't enslave us.
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 19:28
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 877
Views: 59003

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

This is something I brought up in another geek discussion, about how to store nuclear waste so that future generations will know not to contaminate themselves with it, even if those future people have been through a complete break from our civilization: Yeah, but I don't buy the "literacy will die ...
by Eric the .5b
Yesterday, 18:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Cool little things
Replies: 1030
Views: 52849

Re: Cool little things

Hugh Akston wrote:
Yesterday, 16:20
When you type 'password generator' into DuckDuckGo it will generate a password for you.
And now DDG has your password.
by Eric the .5b
17 Aug 2018, 21:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 62
Views: 750

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

Pham Nuwen wrote:
17 Aug 2018, 20:11
She was going with an over the top example to get her point across. Is there a godwin for child rape now?
*shrugs and walks away*
by Eric the .5b
17 Aug 2018, 21:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 877
Views: 59003

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

This is something I brought up in another geek discussion, about how to store nuclear waste so that future generations will know not to contaminate themselves with it, even if those future people have been through a complete break from our civilization: Yeah, but I don't buy the "literacy will die ...
by Eric the .5b
17 Aug 2018, 21:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1154
Views: 38937

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

lunchstealer wrote:
17 Aug 2018, 21:16
OK but I can see a massive difference
Of course there's a difference. A huge one, even. There are always differences.

It's still the same issue.
by Eric the .5b
17 Aug 2018, 20:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1154
Views: 38937

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

We can argue with the value/morality of forcing someone to do business under the limited circumstances of racial/religious/gender discrimination, but that limited circumstance should not be confused with a blanket ban on free association. Outside of complete totalitarian hellholes, nobody ever does...
by Eric the .5b
17 Aug 2018, 19:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 62
Views: 750

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

The Catholic Church example is bizarre and distracting example, something that's not even the class of things that we're talking about. Why not the Democratic or Republican Parties or the government of Myanmar as for-profit corporations? I'm pretty sure there are examples of actual for-profit compan...
by Eric the .5b
17 Aug 2018, 19:47
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 877
Views: 59003

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

I don't know how absolutely thoroughly global coal deposits reachable by 1700s-tech miners have been depleted. Such a problem would be plausible, at least at first glance. The margin between "smashing all advanced civilization and knowledge" and "wiping out the species" is really, really narrow, tho...
by Eric the .5b
17 Aug 2018, 18:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Marriage is Totally Gay
Replies: 1154
Views: 38937

Re: Marriage is Totally Gay

Team Andrew. if anything, being required to continue to provide the same servers and bandwidth is less intrusive than being required to create a custom cake for someone.

I'm not in favor of requiring either of these things, but let's be real about it if we're gonna.
by Eric the .5b
17 Aug 2018, 18:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"
Replies: 62
Views: 750

Re: Elizabeth Warren's "Accountable Capitalism Act"

If, for example, the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania were a for-profit corporation WTF? Why even go there? "I like this proposal about punishing for-profit corporations, which I will support by invoking a tainted group that...isn't even a for-profit corporation?" Why not just go to, "If, for exampl...
by Eric the .5b
17 Aug 2018, 18:39
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1331
Views: 43754

Re: Inequality

I'm saying hunter-gatherers were too foolish to invent modern medicine and birth control Actually the birth control thing might not be totally correct. There is some evidence that h/g peoples had various ways - some conscious and intentional, some not - of controlling their population. Later age of...
by Eric the .5b
16 Aug 2018, 15:56
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5583
Views: 224462

Re: Light laffs

Hrm, I see at least three mistakes. I'd have to rewatch The Fast and the Furious to know if there are four; too much effort. (For one, the FBI agent in TFATF doesn't get his cover fully blown until after the botched last job,, which he wasn't actually involved in. He just shows up after everything'...
by Eric the .5b
15 Aug 2018, 19:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1331
Views: 43754

Re: Inequality

That story is entirely too pat for me to, well, digest. It reeks of contrarian bias in the face of the general take on food anthropology as I understand it - which is always and forever you are trying to solve for regular supplies of calories and each iteration of food in society would not happen i...
by Eric the .5b
15 Aug 2018, 19:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Light laffs
Replies: 5583
Views: 224462

Re: Light laffs

Hrm, I see at least three mistakes. I'd have to rewatch The Fast and the Furious to know if there are four; too much effort. (For one, the FBI agent in TFATF doesn't get his cover fully blown until after the botched last job,, which he wasn't actually involved in. He just shows up after everything's...
by Eric the .5b
15 Aug 2018, 19:32
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18480

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Unrelated, there needs to be a term for the situation where someone points it that one side of an debate is doing something, someone on that side denies that thing is happening, and immediately , a pile of people on that side start justifying that exact thing that "isn't happening". Giulianing? Was...
by Eric the .5b
15 Aug 2018, 19:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1331
Views: 43754

Re: Inequality

That story is entirely too pat for me to, well, digest. It reeks of contrarian bias in the face of the general take on food anthropology as I understand it - which is always and forever you are trying to solve for regular supplies of calories and each iteration of food in society would not happen i...
by Eric the .5b
15 Aug 2018, 19:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18480

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

Unrelated, there needs to be a term for the situation where someone points it that one side of an debate is doing something, someone on that side denies that thing is happening, and immediately , a pile of people on that side start justifying that exact thing that "isn't happening". Giulianing? Was...
by Eric the .5b
14 Aug 2018, 22:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1331
Views: 43754

Re: Inequality

I'd counter that hunter-gatherer existence was better when population densities were low and food was plentiful. When population densities were rising, I bet it really wasn't better for the people who weren't switching fast enough to a primarily agricultural way of life (as many hunter-gatherer soc...
by Eric the .5b
14 Aug 2018, 21:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 38
Views: 504

Re: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

I'm ambivalent to stuffed grape leaves; my mother loves them.
by Eric the .5b
14 Aug 2018, 21:10
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1331
Views: 43754

Re: Inequality

Weird, I thought the saintly socialist union agitators of the early twentieth century were responsible for the forty-hour work week. Doesn't that prove it's good? This. You have to wonder what history the guy read to come to the conclusion that a work-week of 40 hours/week was 'unnatural'. For most...
by Eric the .5b
14 Aug 2018, 20:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?
Replies: 38
Views: 504

Re: Cooling down: a more palatable thread?

I've had gyros but not shawarma.
by Eric the .5b
14 Aug 2018, 20:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Inequality
Replies: 1331
Views: 43754

Re: Inequality

Weird, I thought the saintly socialist union agitators of the early twentieth century were responsible for the forty-hour work week. Doesn't that prove it's good? This. You have to wonder what history the guy read to come to the conclusion that a work-week of 40 hours/week was 'unnatural'. For most...
by Eric the .5b
14 Aug 2018, 20:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 530
Views: 18480

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

I'll just say that I understand the instinct to deplatform, but the who gets to decide thing is the whole thing and it is too scary to entertain, plus I do think that it is at a basic level healthy to have those voices in the open and responses to them constantly in the mix. It is very much my sens...