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by thoreau
16 Sep 2010, 12:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Consent issue
Replies: 117
Views: 6166

Re: Consent issue

I don't think anyone doesn't deserve support, at least from their friends, and counseling, if they choose it. Those seem like rather moot points to me. Consideration for others' needs and concerns should be paramount in all interpersonal behaviors, and the lack of such should and usually will lead ...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2010, 23:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: I'm getting very tired of this transparent lie
Replies: 27
Views: 1930

Re: I'm getting very tired of this transparent lie

Oh, you put too many links in your comment. That's why it's in the spam filter. Only Jim can free a comment from the spam filter. You can wait, or repost as multiple comments, with 1 link per comment.
by thoreau
15 Sep 2010, 20:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Consent issue
Replies: 117
Views: 6166

Re: Consent issue

Back in the mists of time, I've even been in a reversed situation. I wanted a condom, but my partner moved fast enough that the act began before I realized what was happening (yeah, it's possible in hetero sex for that to happen to a guy). I was faced with a very quick decision - continue and take ...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2010, 20:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Consent issue
Replies: 117
Views: 6166

Re: Consent issue

Back in the mists of time, I've even been in a reversed situation. I wanted a condom, but my partner moved fast enough that the act began before I realized what was happening (yeah, it's possible in hetero sex for that to happen to a guy). I was faced with a very quick decision - continue and take ...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2010, 13:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)
Replies: 502
Views: 43757

Re: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled l

I have recurring dreams in which I can almost, sort of fly. It's like, I can jump, and I find that I just sort of float along the ground. Last night it had a twist: My arms became really long, and I started hopping along on my arms, with my feet never touching the ground.
by thoreau
15 Sep 2010, 13:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 309843

Re: OFFS

Though rote memorization has *some* role in the pedalogical process, agreed? Oh, absolutely, and I'll argue viciously with anybody who insists that "no, no, you see, students need to first learn the process and discover the facts and principles themselves" or whatever other mushy touchy-feely crap ...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2010, 13:04
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 309843

Re: OFFS

Sadly, Shem is exactly right.
by thoreau
14 Sep 2010, 22:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is August close enough for a mid term election thread?
Replies: 36
Views: 2229

Re: Is August close enough for a mid term election thread?

Sorry, Kolohe, still too early.

Anyway, I'm thinking of making my own hummus. Any recipe recommendations?
by thoreau
14 Sep 2010, 13:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11915
Views: 677129

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The main thing that I sort of object to is the part about "reducing cash compensation." It is certainly true that on the margins a program like this helps recruit faculty at salaries that they might otherwise turn down. However, it is written to sound as though the professor takes a direct pay cut u...
by thoreau
14 Sep 2010, 13:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Why does Glenn Beck hate America? - continued
Replies: 71
Views: 3632

Re: Why does Glenn Beck hate America? - continued

He links every opposing view into a grand historical tradition of Big Evil. Yeah, there's no room for Mom-and-Pop Evil. Big Evil forces everybody to outfit their henchmen with WalMart attire and equipment that was made by child labor overseas, instead of allowing them to buy it from stores that use...
by thoreau
13 Sep 2010, 21:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Bigger, better, and more hardcore than ever...
Replies: 293
Views: 8337

Re: Bigger, better, and more hardcore than ever...

I'm in West Covina. We should get together some time.
by thoreau
12 Sep 2010, 21:30
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)
Replies: 502
Views: 43757

Re: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled l

I had a hilariously dumb dream last night where I overheard a white woman say something racist about a black woman nearby, and I rushed over and confronted the white woman on her racist comment. When she started to sniffle, I gave her a big righteous lecture about White Women's Tears and how the fa...
by thoreau
11 Sep 2010, 16:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?
Replies: 348
Views: 84994

Re: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?

They're the one's who tell you you don't need license plates or ramble on about flags with fringes or whether you're a citizen of the United States or a United States citizen, really. I've heard about the license plates and the flags with fringes. I'm afraid to ask about the citizen issue. In the e...
by thoreau
10 Sep 2010, 17:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 309843

Re: OFFS

There's a snarky but probably valid view that goes "communism is that sales pitch tyrants give poor people so they hand over the keys to the kingdom". I'm not sure anyone actually behaves like a communist once they are in the drivers seat. Ergo, for me, if you call yourself a communist and you have...
by thoreau
10 Sep 2010, 16:17
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 309843

Re: OFFS

i'm with shem. words mean things. islamo-fascists, anyone? According to the communists, no real communist systems have ever been set up - even the systems they were calling triumphs of communism before they failed. "I have seen the future, and it works!" gave way to "After the Revolution, state cap...
by thoreau
10 Sep 2010, 14:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 309843

Re: OFFS

I'd agree with Jason that NK is definitely a duck of some sort, but Shem's points do at least show that it's an odd duck. And as long as we're classifying Communist regimes as ducks, I'd say that China is Peking duck, while Communists or would-be Communists of citrus-growing countries would be Duck ...
by thoreau
10 Sep 2010, 13:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 309843

Re: OFFS

Shem, OK, I guess what you're saying is that while they have a command economy in every other respect they behave like ultra-nationalists and don't even bother to pay the lip service to Communism in anything other than name. I guess that makes sense. And I see the difference between what you're sayi...
by thoreau
10 Sep 2010, 00:49
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie
Replies: 3869
Views: 220634

Re: Shamelessly Currying Favor with Ellie

I can beat that:

Live feed of lion kittens.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Great ... am=LC1#cam
by thoreau
09 Sep 2010, 20:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 309843

Re: OFFS

North Korea isn't communist. What would then be the proper technical term for the North Korean economic system? I'm just speaking in the common vernacular, and I think most people would find your assertion above astounding even if technically correct. Autocratic totalitarianism built on principles ...
by thoreau
09 Sep 2010, 19:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 309843

Re: OFFS

The problem with the "Oh, just get everything online" approach is that if you get your internet access through the cable company then you're still giving money to Charter, a truly evil company that I absolutely hate. But I'm too lazy to switch.
by thoreau
09 Sep 2010, 14:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Consent issue
Replies: 117
Views: 6166

Re: Consent issue

I think dhex is talking about how laws function (and perhaps about why society supports them?) rather than why they are justified. The ethical justification for rape laws is simple: Rape is a coercive activity that violates a person's rights and inflicts extreme trauma. The reasons why society suppo...
by thoreau
09 Sep 2010, 14:09
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?
Replies: 348
Views: 84994

Re: Of course I've got a blog. Who doesn't?

Jennifer wrote:And the thing where he conflated my pro-prostitute's rights stance with my previous complaints about Wal-Mart, somehow.
Wait, what?

I remember when Ken was reasonable, and very big on evidence.
by thoreau
09 Sep 2010, 14:06
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS
Replies: 10072
Views: 309843

Re: OFFS

I hate Charter Cable with the burning hot passion of a thousand suns, but getting Dish network and DSL would be about as expensive and inconvenient.

If you're doing fine without Charter, Stevo, be a better man than me and continue to get along fine without Charter.
by thoreau
08 Sep 2010, 18:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11915
Views: 677129

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

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