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26  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 23, 2014, 09:39:27 pm
Could the mods get their mind together and ban oldies for once?
We banned Link for similar antics. Yet, mods don't even seem to want to infract him enough than he goes mute.

He posted much more insanity than King, yet, he wasn't muted yet.

King was never muted.

He reached 50 points, which put him under mod control, the result being pretty much the same (we don't hear them anymore for a moment).

Please point out to me the time that King made no posts for 5 days straight.
27  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 23, 2014, 09:27:45 pm
Could the mods get their mind together and ban oldies for once?
We banned Link for similar antics. Yet, mods don't even seem to want to infract him enough than he goes mute.

He posted much more insanity than King, yet, he wasn't muted yet.

King was never muted.
28  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Permanent duty station: USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, CA on: April 23, 2014, 07:21:15 pm
What an awful and traitorous name for a U.S. warship! 

Not that it affects me, but this is probably something a member of the Navy shouldn't be posting publicly on the Internet...
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the update's existance a good thing for BushOklahoma? on: April 23, 2014, 07:20:02 pm
Reminder that Bushie would literally be in jail right now if not for Update.

Would that be such a bad thing, really?

...and with this we have proof that even if the die hard Update don't personally care about Bushie, the anti-Updaters obviously don't either.

Sometimes hitting rock bottom is good for those with severe problems.

And of course, the answer is no.

Don't take this the wrong way Inks, but you have the power to stop this. I hope you remember that.

(You won't though).

Sure, I have the tools to do so, but I see no rule that's been broken or reason that I should step in.  If Bushie wants to pour his life out onto the Internet, I don't see any reason that moderators should say, "No, you can't do this."

Here's how I see it. I also welcome attempts to debunk this.

Update consists of Bushie providing updates on his life. This includes many foolish and just plain bad decisions and ways to go about things. The forum provides better advice. Bushie ignores most of it.

However even the few times Bushie does listen to us is a positive. Duke provided a few examples. It's also possible Bushie might subconsciously make a few better decisions on the basis of Update feedback or can bad ideas before he even posts about them.

Even where Bushie ignores the good advice, there is no negative. He makes the bad choice he would've made anyway and is no worse off for it than he would've been without Update.

So on balance it's a net positive even if a small one, and can not possibly be a net negative. To be a net negative would require people intentionally giving bad advice, and Bushie following it. That has never happened.

Update harms no one, and does provide a small benefit to someone, even if that benefit could be bigger.

He's also listened to bad forum advice (e.g., getting a girlfriend when he cannot financially support one), and your hypothesis also ignores the mondale84-Facebook debacle.
30  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the update's existance a good thing for BushOklahoma? on: April 23, 2014, 06:51:58 pm
And of course, the answer is no.
31  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the update's existance a good thing for BushOklahoma? on: April 23, 2014, 05:54:35 pm
Reminder that Bushie would literally be in jail right now if not for Update.

How so?
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oldiesfreak Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: April 23, 2014, 01:47:59 pm
If you remember the one time Dave got in an actual panic over copyright issues was the Hot Girls Thread. People who own the copyright to pictures of attractive women seem to be very fussy about their so-called rights.

Would agree that some of the copyright enforcement over articles etc. has been a 'bit' pedantic, but over this we have to be careful. Unfortunately.

A web crawler would likely flag the articles rather than the images, since all that's going on here is inline linking, which hasn't been legally settled.  The verdict is out on copy-pasting of news articles though.  I'm not sure why you think enforcement of copyright on articles has been pedantic.
33  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this the worst post in the history of Atlas? on: April 22, 2014, 11:07:34 pm
No (normal).
34  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Proportional Representation Act is garbage on: April 22, 2014, 10:33:55 pm
Good catch, Adam.  Hopefully this can be fixed soon (although I have a potential argument to make that would allow the party to fill the seat, but it's a very long stretch that even I don't buy).
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Survey Shows that 51% of Americans Question the 'Big Bang Theory' on: April 22, 2014, 12:01:18 pm
My favorite part is the drug resistant bacteria thing. So, Americans believe that bacteria are evolving, but don't believe in evolution

There's a difference between microevolution and macroevolution, and the question that actually used the word "evolution" was implicitly asking about macroevolution.
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Survey Shows that 51% of Americans Question the 'Big Bang Theory' on: April 22, 2014, 11:56:08 am
47% of Americans should not be allowed to have children, it seems.

In general, childhood vaccines are safe and effective, but there are enough exceptions for people to be legitimately only somewhat confident.  Efficacies for many vaccines are nowhere near 100%, and there are risks to all vaccines (some more than others).  Simply because only 53% of people are extremely/very confident that childhood vaccines are safe and effective doesn't mean that only 53% of people are having their kids vaccinated.  There's nothing wrong with being skeptical of claims made by doctors and pharmaceutical companies.
37  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Survey Shows that 51% of Americans Question the 'Big Bang Theory' on: April 22, 2014, 12:47:02 am
The pollsters asked the question incorrectly; they made the statement, "The universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang."  Well, that's (1) almost certainly not true, and (2) more importantly not what the big bang theory purports to explain.  The big bang theory is an explanation of the expansion of the development and expansion of the universe, not the creation of the universe.  According to the big bang theory, the universe existed as a singularity before the big bang actually happened, and the big bang theory does not address how it came into existence.

Not exactly.  The instant of the Big Bang is the beginning of time.  There is no "before".  As I recently saw someone else describe it, talking about "before the Big Bang" is like talking about something being north of the North Pole.  The concept is incoherent.

In any case, I'm reasonably confident that there was a Big Bang, but to say that it was exactly 13.8 billion years ago simply because of the Planck results last year…..that's still a sketchy proposition.  Heck, if some of the more exotic theories about the inhomogeneity of large scale structure are correct, then the age of the universe could vary by as much as billions of years depending on whether you make the measurement in a supercluster or a void.


There would have been no time relevant to the universe, because at that point, time would be immeasurable pursuant to the Penrose–Hawking singularity theorem; however, there is nothing in current science that precludes the possibility of multiple universes or anything outside of the singularity.  And this begins to cross into a point of physics that I really don't understand, but the point is that the big bang theory does not explain when (or how) the universe began; it can only explain its development.
38  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Survey Shows that 51% of Americans Question the 'Big Bang Theory' on: April 22, 2014, 12:23:23 am
The pollsters asked the question incorrectly; they made the statement, "The universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang."  Well, that's (1) almost certainly not true, and (2) more importantly not what the big bang theory purports to explain.  The big bang theory is an explanation of the expansion of the development and expansion of the universe, not the creation of the universe.  According to the big bang theory, the universe existed as a singularity before the big bang actually happened, and the big bang theory does not address how it came into existence.
39  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should I delete Update? on: April 21, 2014, 11:16:05 pm
If you'd like a copy of the last season of update, please PM me. Inks is throwing a hissy fit so I won't post it here in the thread.

Not a hissy fit.  If you want to post it publicly, I won't stop you.  I just think the way you pretend to care about Bushie yet treat him as your source of personal entertainment is disgusting and reflects your character.

Not to go off on another tangent, but since the thread is now gone: why did you edit my last post in Update? I didn't see anything that appeared to have been changed, but it had your edit mark on it (and your confirmation of who was doing it to Bushie was also gone).

Bushie had posted information sent in a PM; I merely edited your quote of his post, not any of your added content.
40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should I delete Update? on: April 21, 2014, 11:12:50 pm
Is there anything he can do to get the troll to stop attacking him? Giving Jeff a hard time via the Forum is one thing ... creating Facebook pages and posting things on alumni websites is entirely different. I'm at a loss as to what his options are ... and maybe he can't do anything.

Not really.  He's just posting links to information that Bushie publicly posted.
41  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should I delete Update? on: April 21, 2014, 11:10:24 pm
If you'd like a copy of the last season of update, please PM me. Inks is throwing a hissy fit so I won't post it here in the thread.

Not a hissy fit.  If you want to post it publicly, I won't stop you.  I just think the way you pretend to care about Bushie yet treat him as your source of personal entertainment is disgusting and reflects your character.
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should I delete Update? on: April 21, 2014, 10:54:21 pm
Uh oh, looks like Inks just went ahead and deleted it himself. I hope somebody saved it.

I split it off and let Bushie delete it.  All of the original non-Update-but-Update-related posts are still there.
43  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: April 21, 2014, 10:53:04 pm
Why won't opebo be allowed a chance to appeal his case?

Anybody is allowed a chance to appeal, including jmfcst and opebo.  If opebo emails me, I'll post his appeal to the Mod Corner like I've done with every other appeal.  But in that appeal, he's going to have to show some real change.  I'm skeptical of that being possible, because I think being a troll is part of who he is, but I'll give him the same consideration and follow the same procedure as everyone else.
44  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of this photo (Warning: Not for the faint of heart) on: April 20, 2014, 10:44:37 pm
The cheek piercings in the lower right image don't seem to match the other three. Huh

It looks like he took the plugs out there.
45  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: More than 100 hate-crime murders linked to single website, report finds on: April 20, 2014, 10:02:01 pm
My guess was Stormfront when I read the title.  That place is truly disgusting to read.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oklahoma Strips Cities of the Right to Pass Higher Wages, Sick Leave on: April 20, 2014, 09:15:01 pm
Let's go through Logic 101.

Federal Minimum Wage sets the floor for wages. If wages are X, then X ≥ 7.25

All minimum wages subject to federal standards (i.e. state or local minimum wages) must meet that standard - it is necessary.

If New York sets its minimum wage to 10, you have

X ≥ 10

If X ≥ 10, then X must be greater than or equal to 7.25 as well. There is no contradiction.

If Oklahoma tries to set its minimum wage to 5, you have

X ≥ 5

This doesn't work because if X were, say, 6, then it would not meet the necessary condition of X being greater than or equal to 7.25

X ≥ 5 ∩ X ≥ 7.25 renders a result of X ≥ 7.25.  I'm not sure what your point is.

If X≥7.25, then X≥5

The inverse is not necessarily true.

OK, but then companies just pay the federal minimum wage.  I'm still not understanding your point here.
47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The KC shooter has a website, was a NC gubernatorial candidate in 1984 on: April 20, 2014, 07:47:57 pm
Good call on the edit, Ernest.  We don't want the jailed mass murderer to call Dave on copyright infringement.
Copyright is copyright.  Tho to be fair, I wasn't the one to report it.  Still, copyright shouldn't be reserved for the rich, or the powerful, or the sane.

How would this not easily fall under Fair Use? This was a political candidate for statewide office who wrote a manifesto intended for wide, free non-commercial distribution. Reproducing his text does not cause any damages or financial loss to him.

Wouldn't you assume that his intent here is to maximize the distribution of the ideas he presented, and that he would want this information widely disseminated? Does it make any logical sense that anyone would, never mind could, sue over this?

As I (and Dave) have said numerous times, the main issue is not somebody suing; it's Google taking away ad revenue from the site for copyright violations.
48  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 20, 2014, 07:34:46 pm
AT-LARGE SENATE


[ 5 ] Adam Griffin of New Brunswick
Labor Party



[  ] Alfred F. Jones of Rhode Island
Labor Party



[  ] a Person of Maine
The People's Party



[ 2 ] Goldwater (Republitarian) of Delaware
Federalist Party



[ 1 ] JCL (Johanus Calvinus Libertas) of Indiana
Federalist Party



[ 4 ] Lumine von Reuental of Montana
The People's Party



[ 3 ] shua of Nunavut
Democratic-Republican Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above
49  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: did your posts per day avg. nosedive... on: April 18, 2014, 06:35:07 pm
My average was 12-something before, and it's 12.159, so not noticeably.  I lost a little under 600 posts from what I can tell, which isn't that big of a deal.
50  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Health Cost Containment Act of 2014 (Failed) on: April 17, 2014, 10:26:09 pm
Voting is now closed.  The AYEs are 1, and the NAYs are 3, with 1 not voting.  The NAYs have it, and the bill has failed.
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