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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 28, 2013, 04:15:13 AM

Quote from: Grifman on August 27, 2013, 11:22:44 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on August 27, 2013, 05:03:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 04:39:12 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 27, 2013, 04:09:55 PM

Gender is a mental state

I'm not trying to start a ruckus here, but chromosomes say hello.

It is a modern usage, and not a universal one.  It is one that is starting to catch on, however, and I can see it becoming standard in another generation.

The idea is that 'sex' refers to a physical status - chromosomes, plumbing.  Gender, on the other hand, is used to refer to a social role and/or construct.  It has been used in certain social sciences this way for decades.

Like I said, it isn't a universal usage, but it does provide a word for a concept that is becoming more relevant to society, and I have no problem watching the language get tweaked a little in this regard.

It's really not accurate.  Gender's primary definition is grammar related, the secondary is sex.  I cringe every time it's used in the above manner.

A word was needed that was related to maleness/femaleness, but which wasn't sex, so that it could be separated from the issue of reproductive organs or genetic sex. Gender served that purpose as well as any other word. It's hardly uncommon, or a misuse of language, for a word to slowly accrue a new meaning.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 08:25:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 07:31:58 PM

This eschews the point and I'm going to choose to ignore it.  

There are people all over the world who see reality in a way that is contrary to reality. How is it that if someone says they feel like a woman even though they are a man suddenly validate the misconception? Rather than it being looked at as a mental issue like so many other mental disconnects?

So you're saying that transgendered people are mentally ill. They are not. Gender is much more than just your genetics or body parts. Transgendered people are a deeply mistreated and misunderstood portion of society. They don't have a "misconception" about their gender -- you do.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 06:05:41 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 05:53:36 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 27, 2013, 05:42:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 04:39:12 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 27, 2013, 04:09:55 PM

Gender is a mental state

I'm not trying to start a ruckus here, but chromosomes say hello.

Gender and sex are different things. You have have XY chromosomes but a female gender identity, or XX chromosomes and a male gender identity.

But I'm not sure how gender confusion is a passable standard for what constitutes one's gender just because someone believes it to be true.

Then it's a good thing for transgendered people that you don't get a say.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 05:42:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 04:39:12 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 27, 2013, 04:09:55 PM

Gender is a mental state

I'm not trying to start a ruckus here, but chromosomes say hello.

Gender and sex are different things. You have have XY chromosomes but a female gender identity, or XX chromosomes and a male gender identity.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 04:09:55 PM

Quote from: McNutt on August 27, 2013, 02:49:34 PM

I understand that corresponds with Manning’s request, but is that how journalists should write about him?  

Yes, that is how they should refer to her.

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It seems that someone simply stating “I want to be a woman” should not be enough for a journalist to write about that person as though he is a woman.

Manning did not say she "wants to be a woman," but she has come out and said that while her biological sex is male, her gender *is* female. Gender is a mental state, not the parts between your legs. When a person identifies as transgendered and announces an intention to transition, at that point it is appropriate to refer to that person by their self-identified gender.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What music streaming service do you use? on: August 26, 2013, 09:17:15 PM
Work:

Download: 44.59 Mb/s

Upload: 47.35 Mb/s

Latency: 40 ms
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What music streaming service do you use? on: August 26, 2013, 08:18:12 PM
Spotify, spottily. I look forward to iTunes Radio.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 02:00:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 26, 2013, 01:34:39 PM

Quote from: McNutt on August 26, 2013, 01:20:00 PM

Jesse realized Walt played him with the Roomba. 

I'm still fuzzy on how Jesse could have realized that.

Jesse originally suspected the truth -- that Walt had Saul steal the cigarettes from him -- and when the pot got lifted from him in this episode, he had an epiphany that his original suspicions were true.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 04:30:39 AM

Quote from: Gratch on August 26, 2013, 04:28:54 AM

The restaurant scene, the confession, and the desert scene were all incredible.  Chin hit the floor, holy shit I can't believe that happened type of awesome.  Jessie piecing together the ricin cigarette from Huele lifting his dope felt like a HUGE stretch though.

Not really, 'cause it simply confirmed his original suspicion. He's smarter than he gives himself credit for.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 04:14:20 AM

Quote from: McNutt on August 26, 2013, 04:02:09 AM

How do you have respect for Saul?

The man's a survivor. On some level, that's respectable. Also, funny. And a damn good attorney.

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I'm still fuzzy on the whole ricin thing. I can't remember how all that went down. Jesse was going to use ricin to murder Gus, but didn't. Then later on Brock got sick and Jesse thought Walt poisoned him with ricin to get him away from Jesse or something, but the lab showed it wasn't ricin but some other plant which Walt happened to have. So Walt did try to kill the kid, but Jesse didn't know that. So what does Jesse think happened with the cigarette?  It's obviously pretty important, so I want to make sure I remember the details. Somebody fill me in, please.

When Jesse saw that the ricin cigarette was gone, he thought that Walt had Saul's bodyguard lift his cigarettes (with the ricin) off of him earlier in the day and replace them with a different pack, and that Walter had then used that to poison Brock. Walter convinced him that Gus had this done some other way. Later, when they found that Brock hadn't gotten hit with ricin, Jesse wondered where the cigarette was. Walt planted it in Jesse's Roomba, and then staged an arrangement where he and Jesse would find it.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC universe Reboot/Relaunch on: August 26, 2013, 03:47:18 AM
The New 52 has kinda lost me. I like the Superman stories, but I don't care about them like I did during the post-Crisis continuity. I hate what they've done to Tim Drake.

It's weird to realize how attached I am to the versions of the DC characters I grew up with. All these books with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, but they're not *my* Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman, so I kinda just don't care.

I've basically stopped reading everything but the Green Lantern books. And even with them, I'm just exhausted by the endless stream of End-of-the-universe-is-at-hand crises.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Breaking bad as good/bad as usual! on: August 26, 2013, 03:30:11 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 25, 2013, 06:18:09 AM

I'm rooting for Walt.

No way. Murderous psychopath who's gone way, way too far. He needs to die.

The only characters I have much respect left for are Jesse and Saul. And maybe the baby.
133  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: how come we're not attacking syria? on: August 23, 2013, 03:52:38 PM
The situation is growing untenable.
134  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Manning gets 35 years on: August 23, 2013, 04:03:08 AM
I have very little sympathy for Manning. While some of the material released to wikileaks was clearly related to potentially illegal activities, and deserved to be released, the vast majority of it was material about day to day United States diplomatic activities. Some of it was embarrassing to our government and other governments. Some of it is prurient. And a lot of it caused great harm to the US's ability to engage in diplomatic operations -- to wage peace. Diplomacy can be a slimy business, but it's better than war. Manning seemed to ignore that fact, and the information released did more to hurt America's diplomatic efforts than it did to constrain our military activities.

Manning also chose to release the information not to a credible media outlet that could have examined and only released things that highlighted actual official misconduct, but to an international organization that stupidly believes that governments should have no secrets. This ensured that the information that would uncover no misdeeds, but which would embarrass or hamper US diplomatic operations, was released to the broader world. Not cool. That release of information, to me, justifies Manning's sentence.

Regarding Manning's transgenderism: this has been an open secret for more than a year. While the press at large has referred to Manning as gay, in LGBT political circles the fact that Manning was suffering gender dysphoria and might be transgendered was fairly well known. Now that she is choosing to transition her sex to match her gender, it'll be more broadly known. Not the sort of attention the already maligned and misunderstood transgendered community needs, but there's nothing that can be done about that.

How transgendered prisoners are dealt with varies from prison system to prison system. Since hormonal treatments are considered necessary therapy for transgendered people, even those who will never fully transition, I would expect that Manning will receive those treatments. However, since transgendered individuals were not covered under DADT or its repeal, gender dysphoria and transgenderism are grounds for dismissal from the military. At present, I am not even certain the military has had an openly transgendered prisoner before. We could be in new territory here.

What sympathy I do have for Manning comes from knowing that being transgendered is much, much harder than being gay. Most people don't understand it. It's not a condition you can easily address yourself -- no amount of sex, or drugs, or alcohol, or prayer is going to close the gap between one's physical sex and one's mental gender. I imagine that Manning, like many transgendered people, initially thought that the mismatch between how he felt and how those around him seemed to feel was due to homosexuality, only to find that fooling around with persons of the same sex did nothing to address the problem. Feeling out of control of one's self often leads to fleeing towards structured environments that one hopes will provide an external discipline to correct what is "wrong" that internal efforts haven't "fixed." I don't know if Manning was aware of her transgenderism when entering the military, but clearly she found no solution or solace there.

Manning doesn't deserve to go to jail for releasing the documents detailing American misdeeds. She does, however, deserve to go to jail for all of the other classified material that was released. While moving into a military prison is the worst possible time to publicly admit one's transgenderism, I do hope that this is an early step towards Manning addressing the existential problem she's been grappling with for much of her life. If nothing else, the next seven to ten years should provide her with ample time.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cue the Synthesizers, Axel Foley is Back. on: July 29, 2013, 12:53:31 AM
We need to be more specific in our future complaints.

"Dammit, Hollywood, stop it with the remakes!" should become "Dammit, Hollywood, stop basing movies on old TV shows, board games, cartoons, toy series, comic books, novels that have been adapted before and other movies that were fine the first time around!"
136  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Risk of non-citizen voters in Florida at center of election year struggle on: July 26, 2013, 05:15:59 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 26, 2013, 03:15:45 PM

<sigh>

I ask this because I don't know (and kind of ashamed that I don't), but is voting a constitutionally protected right?  I want to say yes.

Sort of. The right to vote is affirmatively protected in certain situations, but it is not specifically outlined in the Constitution. These laws skirt at the edges by creating requirements that sound perfectly reasonable to, say, middle class Americans, who are the main consumers of political news and the main pool of persons from which judges are drawn. They aren't specifically racist, they just target the poor, who are disproportionately minority and Democratic voters.

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So how is it possible for things like this to happen? Is it solely in the wake of the SCOTUS decision?

Southern states (and a few other Republican-governed states) have been passing laws like this in the past. It appears that Pennsylvania's anti-voter law cost Obama about 1% of the vote in that state last year. Voter suppression has long been a Republican tactic. North Carolina is doing this all at once because until January it had a Democratic governor.
137  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Risk of non-citizen voters in Florida at center of election year struggle on: July 26, 2013, 05:11:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 26, 2013, 03:22:16 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on July 26, 2013, 03:02:10 PM

So, now that the Voting Rights Act is gone, North Carolina has gone full bore into voter suppression mode:

1) The window for in person early voting, which is critical for working poor people, has been slashed by 40% -- from 17 days to 10.

2) A popular and very effective program that encourages high schools to register students during the enrollment window right before they turn 18 has been eliminated.

3) Same day voter registration has been eliminated.

4) Valid, government-issued photo IDs with the exact same name spelling and address as on the voter rolls will now be required. This is a major hardship on the working poor who do not drive, and those who move often, as well as women.

5) The new law requires any changes to address or name to be updated up to 25 days before the election. This creates a major problem: getting a new photo ID takes between 4 and 6 weeks, or between 28 and 42 days. If you get married or move a month before election day, it may be impossible for you to have a photo ID that matches the information on your voter registration.

The law also raises fundraising limits, eliminates many disclosure requirements, and ends straight party voting.

Surprising no one, all of these changes will disadvantage mostly members of one political party.

Seriously North Carolina...WTF is going on with you lately?

They elected Republicans.
138  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Risk of non-citizen voters in Florida at center of election year struggle on: July 26, 2013, 03:02:10 PM
So, now that the Voting Rights Act is gone, North Carolina has gone full bore into voter suppression mode:

1) The window for in person early voting, which is critical for working poor people, has been slashed by 40% -- from 17 days to 10.

2) A popular and very effective program that encourages high schools to register students during the enrollment window right before they turn 18 has been eliminated.

3) Same day voter registration has been eliminated.

4) Valid, government-issued photo IDs with the exact same name spelling and address as on the voter rolls will now be required. This is a major hardship on the working poor who do not drive, and those who move often, as well as women.

5) The new law requires any changes to address or name to be updated up to 25 days before the election. This creates a major problem: getting a new photo ID takes between 4 and 6 weeks, or between 28 and 42 days. If you get married or move a month before election day, it may be impossible for you to have a photo ID that matches the information on your voter registration.

The law also raises fundraising limits, eliminates many disclosure requirements, and ends straight party voting.

Surprising no one, all of these changes will disadvantage mostly members of one political party.
139  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Are there... on: July 25, 2013, 02:20:30 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 25, 2013, 02:09:31 PM

Fireball is really an alias used by Zekester to fool all of us.

Actually, it's the reverse!
140  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Are there... on: July 25, 2013, 01:23:49 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 24, 2013, 07:57:25 PM

For the thick headed of you that require a pink, here you go;

http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2013/07/24/the-big-lie-that-drove-detroit-into-bankruptcy-was-liberalism-itself/


Of course it's an editorial, an accurate one though.

Who gives a shit what your ignorant ass, based on bullshit logic response will be.

Definitely not me. Monkeys in a cage....

Why is this f-ing troll tolerated around here?
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 01:40:28 PM

Quote from: WarPig on July 24, 2013, 03:31:29 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 23, 2013, 08:02:02 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 23, 2013, 08:01:12 PM

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…"

Message, Spock?
None that I am aware of. Except, of course, happy birthday.

Surely, the best of times.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 01:40:08 PM
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water."

In fact, the rest of the opening paragraph is excellent, as well:

"With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us."
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Story writing on: July 23, 2013, 06:03:08 PM
I hope to write a quartet of science fiction novels. I've got them pretty well laid out in my head. When it came time to try to write them, however, that didn't work out nearly as well. I got bogged down with the unfamiliar chore of writing prose, and my energy for the project petered out. In order to regroup and retry the first novel, I ended up writing it out in a (massive 270 page) screenplay. I then did the same thing for the second novel. I'm now very confident in the mechanics of my story. I'm still inexperienced at writing prose fiction, however.

So I decided to work my way up to the novels by writing some short stories set in the same universe. I'm working on the second one right now.

I think the first one came together pretty well. You can grab a copy here for free, or buy it for 99¢ for Nook, Kindle or iBooks.

So, I don't know if that's helpful, but that's how I've tackled a similar issue.
144  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Happy Birthday Bob Dole! on: July 23, 2013, 02:19:19 PM
I love Bob Dole. Such a good guy.
145  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 22, 2013, 04:59:04 PM
This is the best piece I've read on the case:

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113966/barack-obama-trayvon-martin-statement-most-significant-race-statement#

From the article:

But I tried to learn, and what I have learned since then, in researching my first book about race, and keeping an eye on the issues after that, is that the perception of black men as inherently criminal is what most black people really mean by “racism” when they talk about its prevalence. Most can discuss more statistical manifestations on reflection, but what really sits in the gut is cases like Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, and now Martin. Or, the related experiences that black men have that Obama mentioned having had himself, such as being trailed in stores or watching white women tensing up as they pass.

This stuff is real. It’s raw. Testament to this daily kind of racist dismissal of black men is considered an urgent task of public discussion of the black condition. No one who understands this could possibly condone, for example, the vastly overreaching policy on stop-and-frisks in New York City. Should the police pay as much attention to the Upper East Side as Bedford-Stuyvesant? Of course not. But should most brown-skinned adolescents in a neighborhood expect to be stopped by usually surly cops for no reason? Say yes and you have no right to wonder why you get generation after generation of young men who feel alienated from their own society–which in fact makes Obama's consideration of Ray Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security decidedly more ungainly at this point.
146  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 15, 2013, 06:47:55 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on July 15, 2013, 06:43:47 PM

Thats funny... He was looking out for his community that had been burglarized quite a few times. Maybe Trayvon should have said sure lets wait for the police instead of clocking him.  

What reason would Trayvon have to think that the creepy guy who just got out of his car to confront him after stalking him through the neighborhood had called the police already?
147  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 15, 2013, 03:41:34 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on July 15, 2013, 03:03:06 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 15, 2013, 01:32:17 PM

However, a teenager when confronted by an adult demanding to know what he's doing walking around his own neighborhood might result in a whupping being tossed the adult's way by any number of non-criminal teens...especially when that adult then goes for a gun.  

I have some serious doubts that Zimmerman confronted Martin in a non-threatening manner.  I also have some serious doubts that Zimmerman was ever in any more danger than getting his ass kicked.  To me, it sounds like both participants were practicing their Stand Your Ground rights...but only one had a gun...and the will (some would probably say the lack thereof) to use it.   

Except he wasn't in his own neighborhood. 

Zimmerman as a community watch leader saw someone he didn't recognize and reported it. He did his job.

And then he decided to be a vigilante and stalked and confronted a teenager who was no threat to anyone, which if he hadn't done Martin would be alive.

If he had just called in to the police and let the professionals handle the situation, everything would have been fine. He made a conscious decision to escalate this situation by stalking and confronting Martin. I'm not saying that makes him guilty of murder, or even manslaughter, but it does, to me, mean that preponderance of responsibility for what transpired because of the confrontation he chose to create falls on him, not the young man he targeted.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Comics]How Many Times Has Robin Died? on: July 15, 2013, 03:03:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 15, 2013, 02:47:52 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 15, 2013, 12:37:40 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on July 14, 2013, 06:54:41 AM

Quote from: Scraper on July 12, 2013, 05:28:30 PM

Tim Drake learning to be a bad ass.

One of the worst things about the "New 52" DC Universe is how they changed Tim Drake's character.

If they were going to reboot to just five years into the superhero era, I'd rather they had started us out at a time before Drake was Robin and reintroduced him later, instead of asserting that somehow Batman had four Robins in five years.

As a whole the new 52 concept pisses me off. I get why they would want to do it, but it really just makes a bigger mess out of things. Did something happen or didn't it? Why erase cool things from the timeline when you don't have to?

from what I understand pretty much everything that happened to Batman before the reboot still happened; I seem to remember reading an interview where they said his history was one of the few they did not really retcon at all.

Why is so annoying. The reason that "Crisis on Infinite Earths" didn't clear anything up in terms of DC's shared superhero continuity is because they rebooted some characters, but not all of them, so it became impossible to tell what had or hadn't actually happened. They did the exact same thing with the New 52.

They rebooted Superman and got rid of great things like Lois Lane knowing who he was, them being married, and his human mother being alive. They imply that he fought Doomsday and died, but clearly none of the "Reign of the Superman" stuff happened because there's no Steel, Superboy is completely different and no one has mentioned the Eradicator.

They kept all the Robins, including Jason Todd, who still died and came back. No one can explain how Jason and Dick are now clearly around 30 years old. They totally fucked up the character of Tim Drake, who was by far the best Robin. They kept Damien, even though him being 11 years old means that he was conceived six years *before* Bruce became Batman.

In short, they didn't have the courage of their convictions, and have made a complete mess of things.
149  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 15, 2013, 02:56:52 PM

Quote from: Scraper on July 15, 2013, 02:05:47 PM

Anyone who thinks that Martin was "innocent" in this is either fooling themselves or they are only looking at one side of the case.

Martin was being stalked and accosted by a self-appointed vigilante. He got angry (rightly) and defend himself (regrettably) from Zimmerman's completely uncalled for behavior towards him. I don't see any way you can blame Martin for this. He was the one targeted by Zimmerman. Had Zimmerman not been the sort of loser who drives around his neighborhood with a gun looking for "them", Martin would be alive today.
150  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 15, 2013, 01:01:59 AM

Quote from: ATB on July 15, 2013, 12:09:29 AM

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That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
-Obama
Why are we honoring Trayvon Martin?

Because he was an innocent kid who died under tragic circumstances?
151  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 14, 2013, 05:34:23 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 14, 2013, 12:34:22 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 11, 2013, 07:48:33 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 11, 2013, 07:38:55 PM

The reason you didn't find a thread on this issue in Off Topic is because it's borderline R&P now...and will most certainly cross the line sooner rather than later anyway.

With that in mind...

The Stand Your Ground law is inherently flawed and too ambiguous to exist within the legal system.  I have no issue with self defense, but the initial use of that law in the early days of the case drove that point home for me.


I agree completely.


Oh, but you see, that was before *I* said it.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Comics]How Many Times Has Robin Died? on: July 14, 2013, 06:54:41 AM

Quote from: Scraper on July 12, 2013, 05:28:30 PM

Tim Drake learning to be a bad ass.

One of the worst things about the "New 52" DC Universe is how they changed Tim Drake's character.

If they were going to reboot to just five years into the superhero era, I'd rather they had started us out at a time before Drake was Robin and reintroduced him later, instead of asserting that somehow Batman had four Robins in five years.
153  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Zimmerman / Martin Thread? on: July 14, 2013, 05:44:44 AM
"Stand your ground laws" are repulsive, indefensible and have no place in our society.

George Zimmerman had no business going anywhere near Trayvon Martin that night. If he'd stayed in his car like he should have, or just been at home like a regular person instead of driving around looking for trouble, Martin would still be alive.

But there was little clear physical evidence, and no witnesses other than the accused and the deceased. This would have been a hard case to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt," and the prosecution wasn't particularly deft. I believe that the jury reached this decision fairly and honestly.

I hope that no harm comes to George Zimmerman. He did a terrible thing, but the answer to his horrific vigilante action is not to direct vigilante actions against him. The proper response is to repeal the laws that made him think it was proper to go chasing through the night after an innocent kid while carrying a firearm.

I hope that Trayvon Martin's family takes some solace in knowing that millions of us in this country recognize that Trayvon was an innocent young man, that his death was unjust, and that it is a regrettable thing that the situation of his death was one which made it so hard to reach the standard of proof required by law to convict his killer of a crime.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Former Canadian Defense Minister Wants US to Stop Hiding All the Aliens on: July 10, 2013, 05:48:43 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on July 09, 2013, 07:21:30 PM

My, he does range all over the place, doesn't he? Alien overlords, the Trilateral Commission, the international banking cabal...it's all there.

I presume that he doesn't have a shred of evidence to back up any of his assertions.

Isn't the fact that all the evidence has been destroyed all the evidence he truly needs???
155  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Democrats not interested in smacking Boehner around? on: July 05, 2013, 06:34:01 AM
Boehner's a good guy, if wrong on a bunch of stuff. I feel quite sorry for him, given the position he's in. Through little fault of his own, the dynamics of his caucus has rendered him the least effective, most powerless Speaker in generations.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Man of Steel 2, or whatever they will call the next Superman movie on: July 05, 2013, 02:19:12 AM
I do wonder what they'll name it. If they go with Superman "titles," then there's "Man of Tomorrow" and "Last Son of Krypton", which might have made more sense for this one. Or could, perhaps, the biggest film of 2016 be called "The Big Blue Boy Scout"?
157  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Budget cuts lead to assault and rape in Oregon on: June 18, 2013, 02:30:30 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 18, 2013, 12:22:37 PM

300 Million for Syria but no money for police.

You do realize that, by law, money allocated by Congress for discretionary spending for military operations or aid overseas cannot be redirected to domestic funding priorities, don't you?
158  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Budget cuts lead to assault and rape in Oregon on: June 05, 2013, 12:06:11 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 22, 2013, 12:38:09 PM

Don't pay reps and senators for a day. Again 10s of millions.

Point of information: you can't do that. The Twenty-Seventh Amendment to the Constitution, passed by Congress in 1789 and ratified in 1992, states: "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened." Ergo, you can't pass a law that sequesters, docks, denies or otherwise reduces the pay of sitting members of Congress to provide incentive for them to do something.

Also, not paying Senators and Representatives for a day would save only $255,000.
159  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS: OK to take DNA from Arrestees on: June 03, 2013, 05:48:33 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 03, 2013, 02:36:04 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 03, 2013, 02:35:22 PM

Quote from: hepcat on June 03, 2013, 02:34:34 PM

We fingerprint them, you know.

Are you being glib or do you clearly not see a difference between the two?

No, I'm being serious.  What makes this so shockingly different?  At least enough so that it warrants the claim of fascism?

You can't take my fingerprints and use them to create a clone of me then take a picture of the clone at the scene of the crime as part of your plan to frame me. Obviously.
160  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Health Care reform on: June 03, 2013, 03:06:14 PM
Another point: even for folks (mostly health young people who are among the 3% to 8% of the market that will purchase individual insurance from an exchange) whose premiums may rise under the ACA, the value of insurance plans under the ACA will be dramatically higher than the value of most plans today. Under the ACA, there will no longer be maximum annual or lifetime benefit caps. Under the ACA, preventative care and examinations will be covered, which are not covered under many health care plans today. Under the ACA, the total amount of out of pocket expenditures will have caps, as well -- and far lower than the cheap high deductible, low premium sort of plans that the Forbes article is discussing.
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