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Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Today, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2,675
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Posted By Ziggurat
You fundamentally misunderstand basically...

You fundamentally misunderstand basically everything that we're discussing, at every level.

First off, I'm not using simple math to explain complex physical phenomena. I'm using simple math to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 07:02 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,222
Posted By Ziggurat
The level of denial reminds me of the movie,...

The level of denial reminds me of the movie, "Good Bye, Lenin! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Bye,_Lenin!)"
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 06:55 AM
Replies: 2,270
Views: 58,408
Posted By Ziggurat
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Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Today, 06:48 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,222
Posted By Ziggurat
Indeed. Even the alleged benefits are pretty...

Indeed. Even the alleged benefits are pretty small, and the potential cost if the operation went sideways are really high. Huge risk, small reward, that's not an attractive scenario for covert ops....
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Today, 06:09 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
I've been seeing rumors that the teacher in...

I've been seeing rumors that the teacher in question is trolling the school administration, that they aren't really "trans", but that under the school's policies, there's no standard by which to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 10:04 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,222
Posted By Ziggurat
But they can do that by saying they need to do...

But they can do that by saying they need to do maintenance on their side. They've done that before. This is a difficult way to do it, if they get caught that's a problem, and now they can't turn it...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 07:10 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,222
Posted By Ziggurat
Maybe I'm an idiot, but I don't. It would seem...

Maybe I'm an idiot, but I don't. It would seem strange to me for Russia to do it, since they don't need holes in the pipeline to shut it down. They can do that on a whim without having to damage...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
No. It should be prohibited because it's bad. ...

No. It should be prohibited because it's bad. In order to prohibit it, rules will need to be implemented to do so, but the reason to prohibit it isn't the rules. That would be backwards.


...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
This is just weird. I've rather explicitly said...

This is just weird. I've rather explicitly said that rules COULD be written to prevent them. And I suspect they will be. I'm just not hung up on figuring out ahead of time the specific wording of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th September 2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 591
Views: 31,689
Posted By Ziggurat
We could even take that a step further, because...

We could even take that a step further, because other actors are watching what happens. Even if Russia can't capitalize on their gains, if other people see that Russia made gains, then that may...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th September 2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 591
Views: 31,689
Posted By Ziggurat
Russia cannot rebuild for the next war. There...

Russia cannot rebuild for the next war. There will be no next war. This is it, this is their one shot, which is why Putin refuses to back down. They're looking at not only high tech industrial...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
I agree that rules need to be written down to be...

I agree that rules need to be written down to be enforced, and they must be enforced fairly. But the distinction between rules and laws still matters, as your own post demonstrates.



Teaching...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th September 2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 2,270
Views: 58,408
Posted By Ziggurat
That's one of the bizarre things about this whole...

That's one of the bizarre things about this whole mess. Even supposing one thinks Russia is in the right, that the invasion was justified, the facts on the ground still indicate that things are...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th September 2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 2,270
Views: 58,408
Posted By Ziggurat
Often the people you want for this sort of job...

Often the people you want for this sort of job are people who don't want the job.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 09:46 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
Don't do that. The distinction matters. ...

Don't do that. The distinction matters.



Of course that's how it works. When you're on the job, you have to perform the job the employer hired you to do. That's why they hired you: to do the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
Once again: this isn't about the law. Not every...

Once again: this isn't about the law. Not every rule needs to be a law,.

And even in terms of non-legal written rules, the only relevance here is that you shouldn't punish past actions for...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 08:44 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
Why does everything need to be a matter of law? ...

Why does everything need to be a matter of law? Why can't any conflicts be resolved outside of the law? If you want to talk about fascist impulses, that seems far worse than anything I've said.

...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
What counts as a beard? How many hairs on your...

What counts as a beard? How many hairs on your face are required to be a beard?

Finding the boundary only becomes a problem when people are trying to push the boundary. But the fact that the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 07:50 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
Again: it's not the harm cause directly, it's the...

Again: it's not the harm cause directly, it's the signal. What benefit is served by allowing these? I've seen no argument that there is any.



What a weird nitpick. The details were never the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th September 2022, 07:34 AM
Replies: 2,270
Views: 58,408
Posted By Ziggurat
Probably not. What we'll probably see is a...

Probably not. What we'll probably see is a repeat of what we just saw: static lines for extended periods of time, then major offensives which break through Russian lines and rapidly take a chunk of...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 07:13 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
There is no one with similar breasts. The fact...

There is no one with similar breasts. The fact that they are BOTH prosthetic and of absurd size makes them unlike normal-sized prosthetics and exceptionally large natural breasts.

And I don't...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 26th September 2022, 06:32 AM
Replies: 1,269
Views: 81,885
Posted By Ziggurat
Because they found a bunch of other smaller...

Because they found a bunch of other smaller asteroids in similar orbits, and decided they needed a new category for them. Ceres got lumped in with the rest of the asteroids at that point.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th September 2022, 06:25 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
Posted By Ziggurat
Why do you assume he's being silly? I don't...

Why do you assume he's being silly? I don't think that's a remotely justified assumption.

When people violate social conventions in extreme ways, even arbitrary ones, it can be a warning sign. I...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 25th September 2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
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 25th September 2022, 09:33 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
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 25th September 2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 4,102
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: 1,269
Views: 81,885
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: 1,269
Views: 81,885
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: 1,269
Views: 81,885
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: 1,269
Views: 81,885
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: 1,269
Views: 81,885
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: 1,269
Views: 81,885
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: 2,270
Views: 58,408
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: 1,269
Views: 81,885
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: 1,269
Views: 81,885
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: 1,269
Views: 81,885
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: 2,270
Views: 58,408
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: 74,335
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: 2,270
Views: 58,408
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: 74,335
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: 74,335
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: 2,270
Views: 58,408
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: 2,270
Views: 58,408
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: 1,540
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: 74,335
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: 74,335
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: 74,335
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: 1,540
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: 1,540
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: 74,335
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...
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