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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 226 968 8633778263 9428 4 26 729464? on: March 29, 2015, 06:24:05 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfzg2vuqia0
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Social Science History #4: Opinion of Theodore Adorno on: March 29, 2015, 06:17:01 pm
Well?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: March 28, 2015, 09:14:14 pm
I applaud the initiative shown by Gully Foyle and the Transcendental Democrats to help out an ailing part of our region.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Invent a gender or sexual preference for the previous poster. on: March 28, 2015, 09:02:17 pm
She's straight afaik.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: DEA agents have sex parties in public buildings, paid for by drug cartel leaders on: March 28, 2015, 06:51:07 pm
The obvious solution is to fully privatize the DEA. Or leave it to the states.
Or abolish it and let local enforcement handle drugs.

No. Local enforcement is generally very incompetent.
But the guys holding Columbian sex parties aren't?

Not necessarily
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What ideological labels would you use to describe your politics? on: March 28, 2015, 02:54:36 pm
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Apparently. :/

Mikado was talking about "reshaping society", I was talking about "status quo bias"... redefining action to be all about percentage of government spending just muddies the waters.

What word would you use for my definition of "action" instead?

Ah I was referring to Antonio's comment that government have a bias against action, my point in response is that all that governments do costs so money already that there isn't frequently room for innovation and further innovation (which isn't to say that isn't room). I was defining action as pretty much anything a government does which is proactive, which includes military expenditure especially as that plays in a key role in American industry.

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I would argue that the structural conservatism of governments with regards to spending and policy is inevitable more than anything. While there are indeed good reasons to not rashly jump into each and every new fad, trying to build an intellectual framework that specifically valorizes scleroticism for its own sake is unnecessary and counterproductive.

Agree.

My point was basically that government's aren't biased against what I termed action, what they are biased against is radical change.

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Let me put it this way: status quo government policy gave us this.  Does that strike you as reasonable?

No, of course not. But that policy was very much part of a plan to radically change society (one which has been successful for the most part).

7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Are Arabs White? on: March 28, 2015, 01:02:02 pm
JAQs.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which natural disasters have you experienced? on: March 28, 2015, 12:58:21 pm
I live in Ireland
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germanwings A320 crashes in France on: March 28, 2015, 12:51:07 pm
Obviously depressed people and people who say strange things once should be banned from doing anything ever.

According to her he often woke up screaming "lets rush" and there was a string of other "erratic behaviour" (which is why she got scared of him). It does not sound as if those were trivial things. It was enough to scare her out of a serious long term relationship.

He also had an (undisclosed) mental diagnosis and hid it from his employer. Not generally in favour of discrimination, but people who are mentally ill should not be allowed to fly a (commercial) plane.

(even if the source is Bild, this seems like a legit interview with a sincere and honest woman)

Everyone looks strange once they've piloted a plane into the side of a mountain in a suicide mission. Doesn't necessarily mean their behaviour was meaningful.

As for the diagnosis, I'd need to know exactly what it was before further comment. 'Mental illness' is a wide enough net that soon only middle aged men with mortgages and 'who really dig the Beatles' will be allowed to fly planes, if that is the criteria.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are people from Spain and Portugal "white"? on: March 28, 2015, 12:45:55 pm
hahah the Welsh being "Mediterranean" for some reason

(Presumed) pure Celtic stock (as in Cornwall!) and mainly based on phenotypes. Western Scotland/Western England and Western Ireland are marked as mixed Nordic/Mediterranean for the same reason. His faith in the pure Viking heritage of the Eastern Highlands is funny as well.

That comes from a book which was used to justify immigration quotas in 1920s America.

Anti-immigration popular sentiment of the period also questioned whether Southern or Eastern Europeans were really white.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What ideological labels would you use to describe your politics? on: March 28, 2015, 12:24:58 pm
Yeah, I have no f**king clue what Mikado is talking about. The idea that modern public policy has a bias toward action is laughably false.

Given how much % of national GDP/GNP any government just to keep the apparatus of state going, this claim of yours looks very questionable.

How so? If anything, that confirms it.

Umm.. How so? The high rate of government expenditure is to keep a very active apparatus going in health, education, social services and all the things governments do. If they are perceived to be lacking in pro-activity then it might be that this definition of 'pro-activity' is very hard to meet.

Then there is the issue of whether any extra intervention will actually work

The question is not so much "high levels of government expenditure" vs. "low levels of government expenditure", it is "maintain the status quo" vs. "try a new approach".

Cutting military spending, for instance, is going to be perceived as action since it is a departure from current practice, even if doing so would technically decrease the amount of things any government is actually doing.

Ok, in that case we are in a debate about the semantics of action, as military expenditure is certainly that as I would define it.

It is true that governments are conservative when it comes to spending plans and to public policy approaches but that in itself is not necessarily unreasonable (though many of the competing interests in trying to divert resources to their 'thing' might be).
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germanwings A320 crashes in France on: March 28, 2015, 12:14:29 pm
Obviously depressed people and people who say strange things once should be banned from doing anything ever.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What ideological labels would you use to describe your politics? on: March 28, 2015, 12:08:32 pm
Yeah, I have no f**king clue what Mikado is talking about. The idea that modern public policy has a bias toward action is laughably false.

Given how much % of national GDP/GNP any government just to keep the apparatus of state going, this claim of yours looks very questionable.

How so? If anything, that confirms it.

Umm.. How so? The high rate of government expenditure is to keep a very active apparatus going in health, education, social services and all the things governments do. If they are perceived to be lacking in pro-activity then it might be that this definition of 'pro-activity' is very hard to meet.

Then there is the issue of whether any extra intervention will actually work
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What ideological labels would you use to describe your politics? on: March 27, 2015, 09:45:35 pm
Yeah, I have no f**king clue what Mikado is talking about. The idea that modern public policy has a bias toward action is laughably false.

Given how much % of national GDP/GNP any government just to keep the apparatus of state going, this claim of yours looks very questionable.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are people from Spain and Portugal "white"? on: March 27, 2015, 08:46:11 pm
16  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Social Science History #3: Opinion of the Double Bind Theory of Schizophrenia on: March 27, 2015, 07:52:25 pm
From the sublimely ridiculous to the totally and utterly ridiculous

See:
Double Bind
Double Bind and Schizophrenia
Gregory Bateson
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are people from Spain and Portugal "white"? on: March 27, 2015, 06:45:48 pm
Yes, being of european descent is the definition of white.


For a start, no  (Are Arabs non-White? What about, ehm, Caucasians?)

Second of all, the definition of White in the 1920s would have necessarily have included Southern Europeans.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this Image III on: March 27, 2015, 12:06:53 pm
Are you familiar with the concept of sustainability? The archaeological record is littered with settlements built on marginal land that were subsequently abandoned when economic and environmental factors changed. In this case the most obvious issue is water. Where do you think all the water needed for such projects comes from? A factory?

Speaking of that, why oh why, does this places have lawns?
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA2: Regeneration of Grant County Act on: March 26, 2015, 10:08:55 pm
Eastern Oregon is currently a very backward part of the region and needs our assistance. The construction of said stadium will bring a much need stimulus to Grant County and Eastern Oregon as a whole. Public popularity in sports is never ceasing and so I beg legislators, in the interests of the public good and harmony, to support this bill.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What ideological labels would you use to describe your politics? on: March 26, 2015, 09:39:35 pm
I agree mostly with what Oakvale and the Mikado said albeit with some qualifications. My own position would be something along the lines of 'radical stoic in personal view, critical rationalist in political views'. I could draw out a bit what I meant by that but that would take too long.

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Of course the well-being of people can be improved by the efforts of other people. I'm distrustful of any attempts to do that on a systematic level. You improve people's lives by covering for your coworker when she goes to take her kids to the doctor or by volunteering at your local food bank. That doesn't make the world a better place, though. The world is neither good nor bad, the world simply is. You can make other people's lives more pleasant and your own more pleasant by extension, though.

While I agree that policies should not be based on abstract logical theories of 'improvement', I think this would lead too much to a very self-satisfied and unchanging conservatism. Yes, change should come with reasons but there are other ways of determining what is proper beyond the call of what seems reasonable to us, and that is evidence.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Social Science History #2: Structural Functionalism on: March 26, 2015, 07:27:12 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structural_functionalism
Also relevant:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talcott_Parsons

Now, let's laugh at something truly idiotic.
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Social Science History #1: Opinion of Cesare Lombroso on: March 26, 2015, 06:26:38 pm


Some people here obviously have very criminal faces.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of making posts with ">" on: March 26, 2015, 06:22:52 pm
> Using the '>' in text
> 2015
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of this Image III on: March 25, 2015, 11:07:23 pm


It's from America, of course.
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Social Science History #1: Opinion of Cesare Lombroso on: March 25, 2015, 09:02:48 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesare_Lombroso

First of a series.

The wiki article isn't great but the bit under 'Concept of Criminal Atavism' does sum up a bit of it (but barely touches the surface - but you can get the idea). 

(Yes, part of the reason for this series is to laugh at people and theories? Why else?)
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