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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

meta-monkey Re:object to the title (383 comments)

I back the women. Absolutely. Would be nice, though, if the women wouldn't lump me in with the abusers by claiming that my entire field/group/hobby/gender/whatever has a problem.

11 hours ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

meta-monkey Re:Study Questions (383 comments)

Holy crap I didn't realize that. A self-selected online survey? And based at that absolutely meaningless metric, "science has a sexual assault problem?" Fuck that.

13 hours ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

meta-monkey Re:Reporting bias? (383 comments)

Also, whether a woman finds an advance to be "harassment" or not depends on whether or not she's interested in the man.

So let that be a lesson to you. If you want to avoid harassment:

1) Be handsome

2) Be attractive

3) Don't be unattractive

yesterday
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

meta-monkey Re:object to the title (383 comments)

Agreed. I'm sick of getting lumped into a "victimizer group" constantly. There are assholes who harass and assault women and should be dealt with. But it's got nothing to do with me.

Sexism absolutely exists. There are those who, upon learning Steve is bad at math will say, "Wow Steve, you suck at math." But upon learning that Amy is bad at math will say "Girls suck at math."

But without irony, men in different groups are lumped together because of the actions of some assholes.

Some women are harassed in field research and therefore "science has a sexual assault problem?" No, the assholes who harassed the women have a problem.

Last month we had the "gamergate" blow-up where some troll on the internet threated a woman who was involved with video games. Thereafter we had to hear that "gamers have a sexism problem." No we don't. That deranged asshole has a problem. Not "gamers."

I play games. I'm not a sexist. I...work in engineering but have conducted scientific research at a university and have published papers. So, I'm tangentially a scientist. And I'm not a sexist. The media people who write these stories need to stop the sweeping generalizations and quit lumping me and people like me in with a few assholes who happen to have the same interests I do.

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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

meta-monkey Re:Study Questions (383 comments)

comments about physical beauty

So, "your hair looks nice" is sexual harassment?

yesterday
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

meta-monkey Re:Recent claims by whom? (205 comments)

Still, though, my cat has never figured out he will never catch the Red Dot of Mystery.

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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

meta-monkey Re:No surprise (205 comments)

And, yea, let's get onto that untruth - that war is somehow always economically irrational. Seizing buffer lands, trade routes, ports, or natural resources is hardly irrational.

And back in the day, slaves. Tired of working you fields? Gather up the men, invade the neighboring tribe and capture their people. Takes you a few days, maybe a week. Now you can sit back and let these people till your fields for the rest of their lives. Slavery is extremely economically advantageous.

yesterday
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

meta-monkey Re:No surprise (205 comments)

Actually, I read in Will and Ariel Durant's Story of Civilization that every prehistoric community practice cannibalism. When you fought the neighboring tribe for access to hunting/gathering grounds, there was no need to spare them. You killed them and ate them. You couldn't keep them as slaves because there was nothing for them to do that's helpful to you. You'd have to give them weapons to hunt which would be used against you. It wasn't until the invention of agriculture when you could force people to stay in one spot and work your fields to feed you that it made sense to keep them alive and use them as slaves. Agriculture and slavery ended cannibalism (mostly).

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

meta-monkey Re:they will defeat themselves (949 comments)

What'll be really interesting to watch is what happens in Saudi Arabia. The entire country is run by oil money. Every citizen gets paid by the government in accordance with their family standing. Nobody actually works. Even the poor have servants imported from Africa that they pay with their oil money. Once that runs out...holy shit that's going to be messy.

2 days ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

meta-monkey Scapegoat much? (181 comments)

Snowden's critics have previously accused his actions of contributing from everything from the rise of ISIS to Russia's invasion of the Ukraine.

While we're at it, let's blame him for Mondays, New Coke and the Star Wars prequels and call it a day.

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

meta-monkey Re:Not if you're global... (182 comments)

Same thing with Orwell. I had a conservative friend try to tell me Orwell was a capitalist because he wrote Animal Farm. No, he was a socialist. He wrote Animal Farm as a criticism of Stalinism (totalitarianism with the drapings of communism). Also, as a comment on the self-censorship of English socialists who looked the other way with regards to Stalin's purges and other atrocities because they just really wanted this experiment in communism to work so badly.

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

meta-monkey Re:"forced labor" (182 comments)

my descendants started freeing slaves in the 11th century

Time travelin', eh?

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

meta-monkey Re:they will defeat themselves (949 comments)

I'm sure they would want to sell. I'm saying sanctions would probably prevent US companies from buying.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

meta-monkey Re:they will defeat themselves (949 comments)

I do, I absolutely do. But what's the US going to do? Re-invade Iraq?

At least maybe this time it would be easier to get a "coalition of the willing." Maybe an international effort that included other Arab nations would make for a more stable country. But seriously, we go in, invade, innocent people die anyway, and a power vacuum is left for even worse motherfuckers to rise up.

It doesn't seem like you can win peace with bombs.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

meta-monkey Re:US is next? (949 comments)

I wouldn't necessarily agree with that. Muhammad was a military leader and a statesman, and the Koran basically dictates how every aspect of society should operate. Christianity had the benefit of being an outsider religion that eschewed direct temporal power. "Render unto Caesar..." The authors of the New Testament went out of their way to make it clear they were just talking about Jewish religion stuff and posed no threat to the Roman rulers so as to avoid persecution. It is this separation of authority that allows for open thought and independent inquiry. This is why science and democracy were (re)born in western nations. Neither the Islamo-statists nor the god-kings of the far east allowed for dissent or independent thought.

Most all early scientists or natural philosophers were Christians. But the Christianity they practiced is very different from modern Christian fundamentalism. Christian fundamentalism is a recent invention of the United States.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

meta-monkey Re:they will defeat themselves (949 comments)

We can't trade with such people. Hell, if they don't even allow math we can't even keep ledgers. So they would still blame western governments for imposing sanctions.

To be honest, it seems like the best solution, is, as you say, stop fighting them. All we ever wind up doing is accidentally killing a bunch of civilians and breeding more jihadis. You guys want a caliphate? Fine. Knock yourselves out. We'll be over here with our blackjack and hookers.

The only problem is we still need their damn oil. Please, Elon Musk, save us from dependence on these assholes' oil. The sooner we can find a replacement for middle eastern oil and/or their oil runs out, the better.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

meta-monkey Cartoon villians (949 comments)

Except for the whole beheading and murdering thing, these guys sound like cartoon villains. I'm just stunned that such a people can rally support. How socially and in every other way clueless must a jihadi be to think signing up with these guys is a good idea and that they will build a stable, functioning government and society?

2 days ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

meta-monkey Re:They are pretending that they do not know (103 comments)

Well said.

But I don't bother posting anonymously because it's not like they don't know who I am, anyway.

2 days ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

meta-monkey Re:Imagine That... (198 comments)

See, that's why he said "let's not even talk about the F-22."

3 days ago

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