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Is it just me or does this honestly make it sound... 170 Views / 8 Replies  
Is it just me or does this honestly make it sound like you're supposed to sign up for insurance only after you've been raped?
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Apr 1, 2015 at 08:53 AM, in Political/War Lounge
If the OP had used the word "protections" or... 1,392 Views / 119 Replies  
If the OP had used the word "protections" or "right to protections" instead of merely "rights," you would agree with him? I'm not too interested in this issue if it is only one of semantics.
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Feb 7, 2015 at 01:04 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It would be just as impractical to assign a... 1,392 Views / 119 Replies  
It would be just as impractical to assign a lawyer to every human child, which is why we don’t. It only happens on an as-needed basis. Most children never need any lawyer, and most apes wouldn’t...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Feb 5, 2015 at 11:57 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I agree, but I draw your attention to the... 1,392 Views / 119 Replies  
I agree, but I draw your attention to the difference between "should" and "could." The question Snow-i raised was "even if we wanted to, how is it feasible?" It should be possible to discuss...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Feb 5, 2015 at 11:04 AM, in Political/War Lounge
"This" being the irrelevance of... 1,392 Views / 119 Replies  
"This" being the irrelevance of self-representation? Yes absolutely. I don't recall anyone ever trying to decide the abortion issue based on self-representation vs third-party-representation. Do...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Feb 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I had a window open to address this, then you... 1,392 Views / 119 Replies  
I had a window open to address this, then you beat me to it:



Seems like this disproves the premise that awareness is necessary to deserve rights




Obviously not (see infants (humans...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Feb 2, 2015 at 09:45 AM, in Political/War Lounge
What about from a Jewish perspective then? 1,083 Views / 145 Replies  
What about from a Jewish perspective then?
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 9, 2015 at 01:33 PM, in Political/War Lounge
The more "general" a concept, the less it can be... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
The more "general" a concept, the less it can be tested and confirmed, and therefore the less it matters.
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 9, 2015 at 01:31 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I've always been mildly mystified by this label... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
I've always been mildly mystified by this label of "ladders to success," but I never imagined it went as far as minimum wage or tax shelters. I thought the imagery of a ladder implied that it was...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 8, 2015 at 11:42 AM, in Political/War Lounge
How do you push back? 1,083 Views / 145 Replies  
How do you push back?
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 8, 2015 at 10:42 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Thus, the Peter Principle (no, not limited to... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
Thus, the Peter Principle (no, not limited to principals ;))



I don't think that's possible without first examining the premise that ladders to success are things that are designed, rather than...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 8, 2015 at 10:38 AM, in Political/War Lounge
If one earns more over time, isn't it supposed to... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
If one earns more over time, isn't it supposed to be because of getting better, not because of sticking in the same spot? My view of a standard career was that seniority and experience brought you...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 7, 2015 at 02:04 PM, in Political/War Lounge
How can your main point be about the middle... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
How can your main point be about the middle class, if you don't know what the middle class even is, you haven't thought about it before now, and even now that you are prompted to try to pin it down...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 7, 2015 at 11:17 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Thought I got the point your OP was trying to... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
Thought I got the point your OP was trying to make, but now I don't think I got it at all. What's the point?
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 6, 2015 at 11:58 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Is this still about the middle class? Is "middle... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
Is this still about the middle class? Is "middle class" and "climbing the ladder" the same thing, or does "climbing the ladder" refer to climbing out of the middle class into the upper class?
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 6, 2015 at 10:33 AM, in Political/War Lounge
For me the disconnect is at the "willing" part. ... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
For me the disconnect is at the "willing" part. It implies there is someone making a decision about what society values. Like a top-down planned economy. I think it's more accurate to describe it...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 5, 2015 at 12:30 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I don't think so. Isn't the post to which I... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
I don't think so. Isn't the post to which I replied a case of exactly that? How can one answer a question about the eroding middle class with a claim that the current middle class is already...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 1, 2015 at 10:13 PM, in Political/War Lounge
cascading style sheets? 278 Views / 16 Replies  
cascading style sheets?
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 1, 2015 at 03:37 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I'll try to help get this boat turning in the... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
I'll try to help get this boat turning in the right direction...

Do you draw a distinction between ladders of opportunity and (what I guess I'll call) elevators to it? What I mean is, does the...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jan 1, 2015 at 11:59 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Maybe it's trolling begets trolling PETA... 278 Views / 16 Replies  
Maybe it's trolling begets trolling

PETA trolls people (chooses tactics that will get a reaction, not ones that are the most accurate or conscientious), while that other group mentioned (I forgot...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Dec 31, 2014 at 12:16 PM, in Political/War Lounge
That was exactly the OP's thesis: one viewpoint... 557 Views / 54 Replies  
That was exactly the OP's thesis: one viewpoint is that we should care whether there is a middle class, because it is important for a healthy economy, and the other viewpoint is that we shouldn't...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Dec 31, 2014 at 12:05 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Good read (well, skim if I'm being honest). ... 278 Views / 16 Replies  
Good read (well, skim if I'm being honest). Executive summary (and please correct me if I overskimmed), the nature of human interest favors and reinforces acrimony, like a parasite, and social media...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Dec 30, 2014 at 10:41 AM, in Political/War Lounge
That's not hypocrisy, it's still bringing the two... 295 Views / 24 Replies  
That's not hypocrisy, it's still bringing the two closer to each other. You can't tax pot until it's legal.
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Dec 11, 2014 at 01:18 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Maybe this line of reasoning is exactly why we... 1,932 Views / 104 Replies  
Maybe this line of reasoning is exactly why we never saw it until now: this character is bad at The Force, so s/he devised this contraption as a stop-gap?
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 30, 2014 at 05:07 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Bingo. That's why when the OP's personal sphere... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
Bingo. That's why when the OP's personal sphere of perception is countered by another poster's perception, it's a perfectly valid rebuttal.
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I think it's a false equivalency to conflate... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
I think it's a false equivalency to conflate climate science with economic "science." There may be a consensus among bona fide experts regarding climate change, but I've heard of no such thing...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Do you think any of the people succeeding in... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
Do you think any of the people succeeding in those sectors managed to do it with no eye on the past?





All that matters is whether it's happening, not whether you or your interests are the...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I agree this is the critical issue here. That is... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
I agree this is the critical issue here. That is precisely why it's it's valuable to thoroughly vet each other's assumptions about the problems and their origins. It's good when you do it, by...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 16, 2014 at 06:17 PM, in Political/War Lounge
It's pointless to discuss the present or the... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
It's pointless to discuss the present or the future without using the past as a springboard. If today's problems were already solved in the past, then that is the first place we should look to...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 16, 2014 at 06:13 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Everyone does this. Don't pretend this... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
Everyone does this. Don't pretend this distinguishes him, me, or you from anyone else in the world. Everyone's "people around" is as valid as the next.
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 16, 2014 at 06:08 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I'm sorry besson, I see now that it was another... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
I'm sorry besson, I see now that it was another poster who used the words "more difficult than it used to be," but I ask that you please look at these words you wrote and consider that they honestly...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 15, 2014 at 02:24 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Which ones of those used to be ladders to the... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
Which ones of those used to be ladders to the middle class? Did it used to be that if you just collected a minimum wage long enough, you would become middle class? That's pretty illogical --...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 14, 2014 at 03:08 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Can you be more specific? To me it seems like... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
Can you be more specific? To me it seems like there are more ladders than ever, the internet being the most obvious example. A generation ago it was literally impossible to rise in life while...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 14, 2014 at 01:15 PM, in Political/War Lounge
As an abstract prediction, the more we achieve... 947 Views / 108 Replies  
As an abstract prediction, the more we achieve our goal of making the "bottom" of society a better existence, the more we would remove the motivation for people to flee that "bottom." Surely if the...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Ditto. You're in our thoughts 998 Views / 30 Replies  
Ditto. You're in our thoughts
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 6, 2014 at 09:51 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I thought it was pretty clear from the movie... 3,101 Views / 122 Replies  
I thought it was pretty clear from the movie itself that the discovery of Arnie's CPU and fore-arm is what allowed the machines to advance faster than in the old timeline (not actions taken by Reese...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Nov 3, 2014 at 09:13 AM, in MacNN Lounge
To me it looks like this issue follows the... 2,703 Views / 229 Replies  
To me it looks like this issue follows the standard partisan templates in which liberals seek empathy and common ground, while conservatives seek victory and reciprocity (eg evildoers deserve...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on Jul 25, 2014 at 07:46 PM, in Political/War Lounge
What you've established is that you don't know... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
What you've established is that you don't know the difference between speed and acceleration. I don't know why this merits such boastfulness.
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 21, 2014 at 04:31 PM, in MacNN Lounge
How do you ever manage to muster the courage to... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
How do you ever manage to muster the courage to drive down a two-way road then? With nothing stopping the oncoming drivers from swerving into a head-on collision with you, other than an absurd trust...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM, in MacNN Lounge
No, that's still well within rounding error of... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
No, that's still well within rounding error of 100%.



Correct me if I'm wrong, but the whole "the only one who is ... is you" dynamic constitutes you taking things personally*. By your logic,...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Appealing to defensive driving is moving the... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
Appealing to defensive driving is moving the goalpost, unless hiding out in people's blind spots so you can surprise them is part of defensive driving now.



No one's out to get you either, I'm...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I did not even know that was a thing 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
I did not even know that was a thing
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 16, 2014 at 02:39 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Yeah that was basically going to be my answer... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
Yeah that was basically going to be my answer too. You're not a dick for speeding, but you're a dick if you behave as if speeding is a right not a privilege, or if you treat people badly for...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 16, 2014 at 02:38 PM, in MacNN Lounge
So in summary, you "enjoy" driving, but other... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
So in summary, you "enjoy" driving, but other cars being on the road constitute obstacles to this enjoyment. It sounds like you don't enjoy what driving really is, only what you wish it was :P
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 16, 2014 at 09:56 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Me, personally? Not unless I happen to notice... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
Me, personally? Not unless I happen to notice that you've already come in front and then slowed me down for some reason (it happens, and "fool me once" and all that). But consider that the "passing...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 16, 2014 at 09:50 AM, in MacNN Lounge
"Given the number of collisions per day" is... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
"Given the number of collisions per day" is fallacious logic. If that was your standard, then you would not trust the thousands of cars per day that approach you from the oncoming lane. If one of...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 16, 2014 at 09:44 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I never agreed that anything I describe increases... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
I never agreed that anything I describe increases a chance of collision. Our paths are parallel the whole time. The other driver would have to consciously change course in order for there to even...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 15, 2014 at 01:00 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I seem to recall you describing a maneuver where... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
I seem to recall you describing a maneuver where you rely on the other driver not seeing you to ensure they don't occupy the same space that you intend to occupy. That you can execute this...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM, in MacNN Lounge
You're not willing to do the same? It's... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
You're not willing to do the same?


It's no more a risk than being on the road in the first place. Any of the cars you can physically see while driving could go off the rails at any moment and...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Well you're not very good at reading then: ... 2,431 Views / 138 Replies  
Well you're not very good at reading then:


Try reading it again. What I said was that the difference between the fastest and slowest car on the road is still not enough to "win" by enough...
Posted by Uncle Skeleton, on May 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM, in MacNN Lounge
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