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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

stdarg Re:Wrong Title (496 comments)

Looks well researched and has citations.

I picked one thing at random (Obama's support of Cesar Chavez) and looked it up and it checks out.

Why are you insinuating that it's unreliable, without explicitly calling it so?

4 days ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

stdarg Re:Worse than that... (762 comments)

I see the failing is more widespread. In the examples I gave, animals are acting in the Austrian School sense of making purposeful decisions.

Bees are pretty much considered non-intelligent, even though hives/swarms may have some kind of emergent behavior that looks purposeful. They don't think and they certainly don't make purposeful decisions. They're more reactive/random than that.

I guess that makes them at least somewhat *human* in the Austrian School sense.

I'm not an expert on economics so perhaps you can elaborate. I thought you said the Austrian School doesn't consider the actions of things like bees, but now you're saying they are agents capable of action like humans in the Austrian School?

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

stdarg Re:Seriously? (523 comments)

Lucky for me, uverse service became available at my address sometime in the last 2 years.

I'm reeeeally hoping that they extend their gigapower service or whatever to all existing uverse-capable addresses eventually.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

stdarg Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (762 comments)

In addition to the other recommendation you've received, I suggest Feynman's "QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter." I read it in high school and found it accessible.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

stdarg Re:Worse than that... (762 comments)

That bolded part can be refuted easily by observing non-human actors such as computer trading programs and animals. The latter can make economically relevant decisions without having a human involved anywhere in the process, for example, bees harvesting honey and incidentally pollinating plants or a host of scavengers and predators taking turns on a large carcass.

A computer trading program is a tool used by humans. Animals "act" in the vernacular sense but the Austrian school's idea of action derives from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P... which is the study of *human* action.

In thinking of economics, while it certainly makes sense to consider the actions of animals as you noted, the only relevance is in guiding the actions of humans. It's irrelevant to consider what honeybees are going to do outside of how that impacts humans and how we must react to them.

about a week ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

That's questionable. Many of those advances were done by people who were taken over by Muslims. Some of them may have converted or been forced to convert.

In any case, it's more than that. The reason it's called the "Islamic golden age" is because it's the height of scientific advancement UNDER ISLAM, not because of its absolute magnitude. The Islamic golden age was not more fruitful than the time that came before it. The same people were producing science, art, literature, etc under Persian rule or Christian rule or Egyptian rule or Babylonian rule or whatever. If you read about the history of these cities, you'll see they were doing quite well before Islam came, then they did okay for a while as they were allowed to continue their activities relatively unimpeded, then after a time the previous culture eroded and Islam took its place and everything had to be couched in Islamic terms to placate the rulers and progress suffered immensely.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:Here Comes Straw Man! (246 comments)

It would have been MY mistake to assume it must take an entire culture to destroy valuable archaeological sites. But I didn't so fuck you very much.

Okay I'm glad you are aware of that. It really wasn't clear from your reply.

A more appropriate statements of the fact would have included something like "Some Egyptians Muslims" or "Extremist Egyptian Muslims" or "Egyptian Religious Radicals".

Adding "some" would not make it more appropriate, it's redundant. Adding "some" to every reference of a group is stupid.

Adding the word "extremist" is problematic. Extremist from whose perspective? From my perspective, even mainstream Muslims are extremely religious compared to what I'm exposed to. Extremist from the perspective of mainstream Muslims? Which Muslims? American Muslims? Egyptian Muslims? Do you actually KNOW the proportion of Egyptian Muslims who support the closure of Western tourist attractions like the pyramids? If you're going to attach the word "extremist" to them then you better have some idea. If it's more than a few percent it's not really extremist.

Leaders of the Salafist and Wahabi parties have called for the destruction of pagan idols and the pyramids, and they won about 25% of the seats in 2012. So calling them "extremists" is totally accurate for me and you (hopefully, I don't know you) but that's not the same as "unpopular" or "non-representative."

If I see some White dude with Nazi tats screaming vitriol against minorities, I'm not going to say "White People call for race war".

That's a stupid analogy. If the KKK won 25% of Congress, it would be totally appropriate to say "white people call for race war" even though many or most white people didn't. It's enough.

If you have deluded yourself into thinking only a handful of Muslims in Egypt have a problem with the glorification of pre-Islamic society, that's your problem. It doesn't make you sound smart though.

I never stated that it must take an entire culture to destroy the pyramids. What I said had nothing to do with such a claim.

You said "A few radicals =/= an entire country/culture" in reply to "Egyptian Muslims have already called for the destruction of the pyramids and the sphinx."

What was the relevance of that rather obvious fact if it has "nothing to do" with what we were TALKING ABOUT... the destruction of the Egyptian pyramids?

Look, I'm guessing you just weren't aware of how much support there was in Egypt to destroy the pyramids. It's not 0.1%. It's a pretty big proportion, and it's largely an urban vs rural issue because cities benefit more from the tourism dollars. People out in the country are like "You are making money by glorifying pagans and selling alcohol to infidels, that should stop."

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

That's not really accurate, while Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were "in power" in the government, they did not control the military which is the arbiter of force in any country. And of course it's the military that removed Morsi from power. So how can you say they actually had any power in Egypt?

The reason the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan were blown up was that they had a complete Islamist power in the government and the military. IF that were to happen in Egypt, then you'd see similar consequences.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

What's Islam got to do with that?

You are absolutely correct that Islam has nothing to do with it, yet it's called the golden age of Islam anyway and this guy is the first example in your reference of a product of this "golden age." Why is that? Why would they attribute any of this to Islam when it has nothing to do with Islam, and in fact the conditions of the time were closer to the dark ages of Europe than anything that could be called "golden?"

My example illustrates how the golden age of Islam is a sham. You don't seem to be adding anything to counter that, just explaining that it wasn't better than the darkest period of European history. Well I agree.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is NOT Islam (246 comments)

Fighting for something doesn't automatically mean you're committing crimes.

Correct, but that's not the issue. The issue is whether the terrorists who claim to be fighting for Islam could actually be fighting for Islam. OP claimed they are not, they are simply using religion to justify their crimes.

My point is that they are indistinguishable.

And Isis, is of course, the name of a false god and thus anathema to the fundamental tenet of Islam.

I hope you're joking. That's an acronym invented by Westerners. You realize that they use a different alphabet and different words than we do... right? The transliteration of their own acronym is something like "DASH" I believe, not "ISIS."

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

I suspect if the Islamists get power in Egypt they'll do 1 of 2 things:
1. Turn the pyramids into mosques
2. Close them off, stop restoring them, loot and deface whatever art remains

Also the Sphinx will be defaced.

Perhaps you're being too literal in your interpretation of "destroy."

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Your mistake is that it doesn't take "an entire country/culture" to destroy the pyramids, just like destroying the Buddhas of Bamiyan didn't take the concerted effort of every Muslim in Afghanistan.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

So it's also a natural phenomenon that we restore monuments with the sole motive of tourism income...

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Oh yes the fabled golden age of Islam. What a joke. Let me demonstrate... I'll just take the first person mentioned in your Wikipedia link.

Ibn Al-Haytham (Alhazen) was significant in the history of scientific method, particularly in his approach to experimentation,[20] and has been referred to by his modern biographer Bradley Steffens and others [21] as the "world’s first true scientist".

Wow sounds cool. I guess Islam really helped him out in being the first true scientist! Let's click on his article to confirm.

According to one version of his biography,[18] al-Haytham, confident about the practical application of his mathematical knowledge, assumed he could regulate the floods of the Nile. Having been ordered to do so by Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, the sixth ruler of the Fatimid caliphate, he quickly realised its impossibility. Fearing for his life, he feigned madness[1][19] and was placed under house arrest.

lol yeah. Sounds really "golden."

There's a similar story about Galileo, and it's used as an example of how overbearing the Catholic Church was at the time. But nooo, in this case, it's an example of how "golden" Islam is. Makes sense!

I seriously did not know this story before clicking the first link in your reference, btw. But to be honest, I have read similar stories and I already knew the golden age of Islam was a crock of shit.

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is NOT Islam (246 comments)

Tell me what the difference is between "fighting for Islam" and "using religion as an excuse and justification for their crimes." Honestly it sounds about the same, except perhaps for connotation.

I mean, if someone does something that you personally perceive as a crime, and they do it in the name of Islam, and they justify and excuse it with Islam, then they've ticked both boxes. Why do you think there's a distinction?

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stdarg Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

Islamists are not interested in Western tourism dollars. You might as well say "Well look at all the money you can make selling pork and alcohol!" The argument just doesn't appeal to them.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

stdarg Re:Oh, Argentina (165 comments)

Argentina was forced by some creditors to sign agreements giving jurisdiction to US courts because the creditors did not trust Argentinian courts. Argentina bartered their sovereignty on the issue for better credit terms, now they are crying because they are being held to those terms by a court that is not corrupt and subject to their own control.

This whole deal shows the world that:
1. If you're selling bonds and plan on ripping everybody off, do not mess with US courts because they are not scared of your shithole government and they will confiscate your "sovereign" asse(t)s
2. If you're buying bonds from risky countries, do so under a stable jurisdiction like the US otherwise you can be completely screwed by some populist who thinks you're a criminal because you bought what they were voluntarily selling

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

stdarg Re:"Death to Gamers and Long Live Videogames" (1134 comments)

Try the wordpress, it's not anonymous and paints a pretty bad picture of this woman. She's very manipulative.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

stdarg Re:"Death to Gamers and Long Live Videogames" (1134 comments)

In this thread, the "accusation" is that the accusations against Zoe have truth to them. The accusation takes the form of a comment, not an article in its own right. Your "[citation needed]" post is out of place.

If you're curious about it, look it up. If you dispute it, dispute it. This is a website where people comment about the article, and often about things completely unrelated to the article. Some work on your part is required, the comment thread isn't a place for you to whine about not being spoon-fed. For your [citation needed] comment to be taken at all seriously, you have to at least add that you searched for it and couldn't find it, so you don't believe it's true without more work on OP's part, thus [citation needed].

As it turns out I was curious about the accusation as well so I searched for some more information. Took me about 10 seconds to find some interesting things:

http://www.escapistmagazine.co...
http://thezoepost.wordpress.co...
http://imgur.com/a/4VOcx
http://pastebin.com/Ph22THkJ

about two weeks ago

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