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by Psudo
Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

No friendship is possible if all conversation has to be shouted into the next cell. Who are your good friends, the ones you only see at work or saw only at recess back in school? I think not.
by Psudo
Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

If you care more about isolating prisoners than preparing them for healthy social lives, you are building yourself a problem for when the prisoners get out. Drugs will get you sitting in a customs room explaining yourself. Worse may happen in one out of ten thousand or so cases, but dying when your ...
by Psudo
Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

There is a time to be serious and a time to play around, like the bible should say. "To everything there is a season." Close enough? On the other hand, read the sentences till the full-stop: "Privacy means very little when you are forced to share a bunk." I didn't want to split hairs. Often, two pe...
by Psudo
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Complete Randomness
Replies: 2880
Views: 315198

Oi, Americans, what is WITH some of your states?! To counter, here's a state cutting American history up to and including Lincoln out of the history curriculum. Do you prefer your schools teaching the free market and and downplaying slavery, or that America began with segregation and failed reconst...
by Psudo
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

So, jotabe, what principles are you seeking? Because your advocacy seems random. Earlier you said, "Solitary confinement seems pretty bad." Now you're saying, "It would be ok if the cells were actually individual." Your willing to change your mind to make your advocacy match your principles better, ...
by Psudo
Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Movies A - Z
Replies: 36
Views: 3396

Yes, Rei. It tells the story of it's writing, more or less.
by Psudo
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:20 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: ender's game characters/maturity
Replies: 2
Views: 1484

Children don't think they're immature. Ender's Game is written from the children's perspective, so it's their own reasoning that looks rational and the adults' reasoning that looks muddled and inattentive. Don't you remember a childhood of watching grown-ups ignore things that seemed profound and pr...
by Psudo
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:17 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

It was a maximalist, obviously exagerated statement >_> i shouldn't even have to explain that. Sorry, I'm bad at judging exaggeration. Did you read the rest of my post, from the 3rd paragraph on, that wasn't about yours? They have power to exert violence to prevent crime inside the prision. Maybe t...
by Psudo
Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:57 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Movies A - Z
Replies: 36
Views: 3396

I: Ink Anti-recommending Ink , I guess. Ugh. I think I'd recommend Irreversible in it's place. Since it keeps coming up, I gotta ask: which Ink? You probably mean the independent film distributed mostly by torrent and piracy about the war of good and evil fought in our dreams. But IMDB lists 7 othe...
by Psudo
Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:48 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

First step would probably be firing all the staff and guards, and hiring new blood. That's a bigger deal that you might imagine. If you fire everyone in an industry, you're restricting from employment anyone with experience or proven ability in the field. Also, what justice is there in firing the a...
by Psudo
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

I don't see "Well, we probably can't put a stop to it anyway" as a justification for not trying. For any crime.
I didn't say it was. But the question remains: trying what? Motives are all well and good, but they require means before they're relevant.
by Psudo
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Quotes
Replies: 365
Views: 98555

I'm not much for poetry, but since Val brought it up I've always liked The Highwayman. Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky, With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high! Blood-red were his spurs i' the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat, When ...
by Psudo
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:33 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Movies A - Z
Replies: 36
Views: 3396

G: Grave of the Fireflies One of the greatest films ever made. A triumph of cinema. In any genre - animated or not - it ranks among the most potent (anti)-war movies in history. Hard to argue. Better than All Quiet on the Western Front. Though I have to admit, I originally picked it up for the artw...
by Psudo
Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Reaction to Enders Game
Replies: 25
Views: 6254

Re: reaction

I would love to have something like the desk that Ender had.
With the right software, an Apple iPad would work pretty well.
by Psudo
Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

An especially corrupt form of vigilantism, too. I agree with your motivations, but can anything reasonable be done? Victims don't like to admit to it, prisoners generally know how to avoid detection through daily practice. Apart from universal solitary confinement, I don't know what protections the ...
by Psudo
Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Movies A - Z
Replies: 36
Views: 3396

If you like animation, I have a list of about 90 movies to recommend. (It's basically a list of every Disney "Masterpiece", every anime they distribute in the USA, every Pixar film, and about two dozen other animated movies.) The only one that starts with E is Emperor's New Groove, though; funny, bu...
by Psudo
Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:06 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Movies A - Z
Replies: 36
Views: 3396

Wow, a lot can change while I'm wasting time researching.

I second the recommendations for Enter The Dragon, Fight Club, Gataca, I Am Sam, A Knight's Tale, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Prestige, and Terminator 2. Throw Speed in there for good measure.
by Psudo
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Movies A - Z
Replies: 36
Views: 3396

Some unsolicited recommendations (assuming you haven't seen them yet): F: The Forgotten G: Grave of the Fireflies J: The Journey of Natty Gann T: Treasure Planet Hrm... I like this idea. I think I'll make a list of my own, with a focus on classics. Imagine a list of every move you've ever seen. How ...
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: I, for one, welcome our new gelatinous overlords...
Replies: 9
Views: 717

have you seen the new movie Splice?
I have not, but I might be interested if it's more sci-fi than horror.
I was going to ask you if it was.
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

I agree with both of you, except this tiny point: "society takes a criminal's freedom away to protect itself from them, but without taking ownership." If society benefits from work it forces prisoners to perform, it has taken ownership of them. Make the work voluntary. Give them the choice, work or ...
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:29 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

Forced work without pay is the definition of slave labor. Whether you treat your slaves well or not is a separate moral issue.
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Clean Cup, Move Down!
Replies: 35
Views: 5971

Unlike Voltaire or Dawkins (or Carl Sagan, who I also considered), Ayn Rand thinks she is God. =] More seriously, she's said some interesting things about what she'd say to God if she met Him. Not ask. Say. You know that's gonna be good entertainment. I suppose it's possible to make a list of atheis...
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Summer Reading
Replies: 63
Views: 6911

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by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: I, for one, welcome our new gelatinous overlords...
Replies: 9
Views: 717

But I thought global warming just killed everything indiscriminately, and the only way to stop it was to burn cash instead of fossil fuels. =] neo-dragon : The description of a jellyfish repeatedly returning to it's childhood stage and aging all over again sounds quite a bit like Magneto's reoccurri...
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:34 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 71707

Looks like I have lots to answer to. Because my understanding of the actuality of the melting pot metaphor is assimilation That's how it's commonly used, yes. But the use of the metaphor doesn't match the physical event it actually describes. I like the metaphor as said better than as intended. I do...
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:43 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

Hah, you couldn't tell the difference between some "free" people and their relationships with their employers these days and "slaves" and their relationships to their masters. Haha, so true! We could split hairs about ability to quit, legal protection of human rights, and reward for work, but so ma...
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:57 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Clean Cup, Move Down!
Replies: 35
Views: 5971

This would be an interesting one:

1) Jesus
2) Moses
3) Buddha (Siddhārtha Gautama)
4) The Prophet Mohammad
5) Vishnu (of Hindu fame)
6) Ayn Rand (as representative of the atheists)
7) translators as need dictates
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:51 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: I, for one, welcome our new gelatinous overlords...
Replies: 9
Views: 717

We must use global warming to destroy them! It's our only hope! =]
by Psudo
Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:47 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: Capital Punishment - again.
Replies: 56
Views: 2890

Making people work and depriving them of the financial rewards of their work is indistinguishable from slavery, which we've decided is universally immoral. Execution is distinguishable from murder in that first there's an orderly trial based on laws, evidence, and logic in which the accused are allo...
by Psudo
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Reaction to Enders Game
Replies: 25
Views: 6254

I know a guy that's very much like Peter: he ranges from indifferent to abusive in his treatment of people generally, but he is completely brilliant (smartest guy I know, and I know a Ph.D. astrophysicist and a rocket scientist), is absolutely obsessive in his career, and is very adept at leadership...
by Psudo
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 71707

I know what the melting pot refers to. I'm saying it doesn't fit. There is no alloy. The cultures are always going to be separate. The different metals are still indestructibly there in the alloy. It's not like the atoms become different elements. An alloy is a sum, not a blend. I don't see where t...
by Psudo
Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: The Race Relations/Diversity/Equality Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 71707

I'm here late, so it'll be a big post while I catch up. I know a number of black mothers (and it's always mothers. Fathers don't seem to care) who encourage their children to marry a white person. Why? I can sum it up with one quote that I've heard pass through the lips of many black mothers, someti...
by Psudo
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: EnderVerse Novels and Stories
Topic: Would the FPE work in real life?
Replies: 37
Views: 11074

The bugger invasions always reminded me of Watchmen, and vice-versa. Not sure which came first. The first Watchmen comic was published in September of 1986. The novel Ender's Game was published in 1985, based on the short story of the same name published in August 1977. Ender's Game came first. FPE...
by Psudo
Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:40 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: You Can't Hide from a Supernova
Replies: 51
Views: 7886

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/15/science/space/15planet.html?ei=5070&en=c6bb86c51b06efb0&ex=1161403200&pagewanted=print Puffy, puffy planets. They would float in water! Another quote from that article: While gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn are primarily hydrogen and helium, they also possess ro...
by Psudo
Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Milagre Town Square
Topic: YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
Replies: 28
Views: 6237

If an act of violence is in progress and the violent effects can be prevented with a lesser use of violence, the lesser use of violence is justified. For example, it is acceptable to kill one person to prevent that person's murder of two others. It is a net reduction in the violation of rights. It i...

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