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Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 10:48 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 880
Posted By Ziggurat
No, it's not tricky at all. This person is...

No, it's not tricky at all. This person is choosing to make kids in their class really uncomfortable, for no justifiable reason. That is morally wrong.

Yes, natural breasts can be distracting to...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 09:33 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 880
Posted By Ziggurat
My best guess is it satisfies some paraphilia. ...

My best guess is it satisfies some paraphilia. But I don't think we really need to figure that out. It suffices to note the behavior is inappropriate, regardless of motive.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 09:29 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 880
Posted By Ziggurat
Yes, that's true. Which is why being topless...

Yes, that's true. Which is why being topless isn't considered equivalent to being bottomless in terms of clothing for females.

Nevertheless, breast are still sexual organs. Which is why being...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 23rd September 2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
The historic planets are the blueprint, because...

The historic planets are the blueprint, because that's where the name comes from. So we should use a definition which is connected to them, even though it doesn't have to include only them. The...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 23rd September 2022, 07:23 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
Why? It's a strange requirement which doesn't...

Why? It's a strange requirement which doesn't really correspond to what's important about being a planet.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 23rd September 2022, 06:10 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
No, not "ball shaped". It's got to be something...

No, not "ball shaped". It's got to be something that's gravitationally shaped into hydrostatic equilibrium. Vesta (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4_Vesta) is "ball shaped", but it's not in...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 23rd September 2022, 05:54 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
So it's better to avoid it if there's no good...

So it's better to avoid it if there's no good reason not to avoid it. The fact that you can work around a problem isn't an excuse to create it unnecessarily. And really, what does ordering it by...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd September 2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
It also complicates written records that refer to...

It also complicates written records that refer to planet numbering.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd September 2022, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
I think his point was that the mystery planet...

I think his point was that the mystery planet might not end up as planet 11, but as some higher number. But we wouldn't need to order them by orbital radius. In fact, it's probably the wrong way to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd September 2022, 06:49 AM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
Here's a really nice analysis on Putin's...

Here's a really nice analysis on Putin's mobilization and the internal political implications:
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Two key points. First, criticism from both the pro- and anti-war factions within Russian...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd September 2022, 06:02 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
Yes, we would have more than 11, but not moons. ...

Yes, we would have more than 11, but not moons.



No, definitely not. This is already settled: Ganymede is larger than Mercury, but it's a moon and not a planet because it orbits a planet. Our...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st September 2022, 08:39 PM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
Mercury has no moons. Neither does Venus. Why...

Mercury has no moons. Neither does Venus. Why should that keep Ceres out?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st September 2022, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
Should be planet 11. Everyone knows that...

Should be planet 11.

Everyone knows that Pluto was done dirty. Which might lead you to think this should be planet 10. But we have largely forgotten that Ceres was once a planet too, and...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th September 2022, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
Yeah, nobody believes those numbers.

Yeah, nobody believes those numbers.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 20th September 2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
Sexual predator human males are unwilling to...

Sexual predator human males are unwilling to control themselves.

Is this news to you? It's starting to feel like you've never met humans before.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th September 2022, 11:01 AM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
Much as I hate to have to do this, I think CE is...

Much as I hate to have to do this, I think CE is right on this one very limited points. I've seen reports that Russia claimed to have destroyed 44 HIMARS, but last time I looked into it, the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 20th September 2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
Animals frequently rape each other and murder...

Animals frequently rape each other and murder babies of their own species. What animals do or do not do isn't really much of a guide to how we should behave. Why do you need this pointed out to...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 20th September 2022, 10:22 AM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
The specific demarcation chosen is arbitrary. ...

The specific demarcation chosen is arbitrary. The reason to use age limits at all is not.



That makes no sense. The fact that a criteria is arbitrary isn't a reason to not use it. Are you...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th September 2022, 09:15 AM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
I think it was reasonable to consider that as a...

I think it was reasonable to consider that as a possibility at the very start. One of the principle unknowns at the time was what would the Ukrainian people do. If they hadn't stood up and fought,...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th September 2022, 07:25 AM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
More delusions. If Russia had planned this...

More delusions.

If Russia had planned this retreat, why the hell would they abandon so many vehicles and so much ammunition? It makes no sense. Even if you had to do it in a hurry, you'd still...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 20th September 2022, 05:12 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,507
Posted By Ziggurat
Who is "they"? I certainly never did. And...

Who is "they"? I certainly never did.

And abortion isn't equivalent for many, many reasons. Most obvious for our present purposes, abortion is a very split issue, with lots of popular support on...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th September 2022, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
I have no idea what you specifically mean by...

I have no idea what you specifically mean by gender. What the trans activists mean by it seems pretty decoupled from biology. But I don't think they have a really coherent definition, so... not...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th September 2022, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
Then from the perspective of the trans activists,...

Then from the perspective of the trans activists, you're a transphobe.

Welcome to our side.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th September 2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
If gender has a biological basis, that throws a...

If gender has a biological basis, that throws a monkey wrench into the justification for self ID.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th September 2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,507
Posted By Ziggurat
Supposing we did allow that, what would happen? ...

Supposing we did allow that, what would happen? And would that outcome be worse than if we didn't?

Seems to me that if a university did that, it would quickly become a pariah. Very few students...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th September 2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,507
Posted By Ziggurat
I find it a bit odd that official clubs are even...

I find it a bit odd that official clubs are even a thing. Let students make their own clubs without university approval or support, and this isn't even an issue.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th September 2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
Yeah, but don't forget, those are lower class...

Yeah, but don't forget, those are lower class women. It's not sexist or misogynistic to not care about what happens to lower class women.

Never forget, trans activism is a luxury of the upper and...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 18th September 2022, 04:57 PM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
This is deeply delusional. What on earth makes...

This is deeply delusional. What on earth makes you think Russia is capable of going toe to toe with NATO? They have nothing that can compete.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 18th September 2022, 01:45 PM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
You also said they could make it there if they...

You also said they could make it there if they wanted to.

They cannot.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 18th September 2022, 12:44 PM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
Indeed. If Russia wanted to go to Amsterdam,...

Indeed. If Russia wanted to go to Amsterdam, there's no point in trying to take Seversk, Bakhmut, Kramatorsk or Sloviansk. Just start out from the western edge of Belarus.

But it's a laughable...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 18th September 2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
I don't think that's correct. I think Ukraine IS...

I don't think that's correct. I think Ukraine IS currently winning, and I think that their mobilization advantage is both a contributor to that momentum and in turn that momentum helps their...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 18th September 2022, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
I didn't. I reached the conclusion that it...

I didn't.

I reached the conclusion that it was an accurate description of the universe after considering the evidence provided for it, as well as considering what possible alternative explanations...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 17th September 2022, 06:36 AM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
She asked questions. That's the antithesis of...

She asked questions. That's the antithesis of making assertions. If you have answers, provide them. If not, demanding others research what you evidently will not is the height of arrogance.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th September 2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 4,309
Posted By Ziggurat
That's absolutely true. The difficulty is...

That's absolutely true.

The difficulty is that legality is not. Her actions were not legal.

I've seen you make reference to safe harbor laws. But the stuff I've found on Google about the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th September 2022, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
That's an oversimplification. There are actually...

That's an oversimplification. There are actually a lot more female sexual predators than is commonly understood.

But they don't follow the same pattern as male sexual predators. They rarely use...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th September 2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
Well, yes. Precisely. We don't know the...

Well, yes. Precisely. We don't know the breakdown, so we have actually no idea if there's been an increase in anti trans hate crimes, let alone what might be driving it or if it's even a real...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th September 2022, 07:59 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
Is that why you keep falling for debunked ones?

Is that why you keep falling for debunked ones?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th September 2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
Yeah, not quite. It's the study of the...

Yeah, not quite.

It's the study of the origin and development of the universe.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th September 2022, 06:26 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
Your ideas about cosmology have never worked...

Your ideas about cosmology have never worked (https://despair.com/products/stupidity).



What do you think cosmology even is?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th September 2022, 06:13 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
Then you are very badly selective, because you've...

Then you are very badly selective, because you've put forth as worthy of consideration "theories" which have been repeatedly debunked and which don't withstand even cursory scrutiny.



Why would...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th September 2022, 05:00 AM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
I'm partial to Lazerpig on YouTube, so I won't...

I'm partial to Lazerpig on YouTube, so I won't hold stuff like that against him. And I do think he has a point about people overestimating the threat to Putin's power.

That said, he's still an...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th September 2022, 04:07 AM
Replies: 1,268
Views: 81,358
Posted By Ziggurat
The problem has never been that you question...

The problem has never been that you question anything. There are actually two problems. First, you are very selective in your questions. You never examine alternatives (the loony stuff) with a...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th September 2022, 07:59 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 4,309
Posted By Ziggurat
No. There are multiple elements required for a...

No. There are multiple elements required for a legal claim of self defense, and proportionality is only one component. Immediacy is another. There are others as well (for example, you can't have...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th September 2022, 07:25 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 4,309
Posted By Ziggurat
Morally I think it's appropriate. Given the...

Morally I think it's appropriate. Given the outcome, I suspect she doesn't regret her choice. But I don't see an exception made within the law, and I don't see a legal argument presented here that...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th September 2022, 07:14 AM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
In addition, it's reports against LGBT, not just...

In addition, it's reports against LGBT, not just T, so we don't know what the breakdown is.



Headline is "Hate crimes against transgender people are spiking, data shows". The data being...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th September 2022, 07:00 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 4,309
Posted By Ziggurat
It's not the right thing to have happened. But...

It's not the right thing to have happened. But we are well past the point where the right thing to happen is possible. I'm saying that I think the law was followed.

Self defense requires...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th September 2022, 05:54 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 4,309
Posted By Ziggurat
I find the killing to be morally justified, but...

I find the killing to be morally justified, but legally speaking there's a serious problem with it. The law never justifies killing as revenge, and killing in self defense requires that the threat...
Forum: USA Politics 14th September 2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 1,446
Posted By Ziggurat
This is a straw man. I don't know of anyone who...

This is a straw man. I don't know of anyone who thinks that people who don't want to have a gun should be forced to have a gun.



They are very disputable, because you're making a classic...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th September 2022, 08:39 AM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 50,628
Posted By Ziggurat
Let's suppose for argument's sake that it is...

Let's suppose for argument's sake that it is true. What then?

Well, in 3-4 months time after they've rebuilt, we'll get another major offensive that breaks through Russian lines and routes them...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 14th September 2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 3,440
Views: 73,521
Posted By Ziggurat
They have made no such determination, because...

They have made no such determination, because "valid condition" doesn't mean anything. That's your own definition. You have also conflated transgender identity with gender dysphoria. Plenty of...
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