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Comment: Re:Arab? (Score 1) 190

by Beeftopia (#49723255) Attached to: Arab Mars Probe Planned For 2020

Trying to induce ambiguity into American - where none actually exists (see the hijacked airplane example) - is obfuscation for no apparent benefit. Forcing Americans to use more syllables to describe themselves is increasing the number of syllables - lowering signal to noise - for no benefit.

If an American wishes to describe himself based on continent, he would say he's a North American. A South American or Central American would do the same. Here's the USGS list of continents.

If they wish to describe themselves by country, there are already clear methods to convey that.

Lowering the signal to noise ratio of verbal communications won't help anyone it seems to me.

Comment: Re:Arab? (Score 1) 190

by Beeftopia (#49714099) Attached to: Arab Mars Probe Planned For 2020

No, but then neither are the citizens of the USA the only Americans.

Actually, without a qualifier (i.e. "north", "south", "central"), citizens of the US are in fact the only "Americans". Since the name "America" is in the name of the country.

The best demonstration of this would be on a hijacked plane. When the terrorists ask, "Who here is an American?", rest assured that no Central or South American is going to raise his hand.

Saying USAians or US Americans makes you sound like Miss South Carolina.

Comment: Re:The two things that have led me to oppose the D (Score 1) 649

by Beeftopia (#49702899) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

How about kidnapping kidnappers (i.e. putting them in jail, confining them against their will?)

What about robbing people (i.e. taking money from them against their will?)

Justice is about imposing commensurate costs on offenders and trying to prevent them from committing those same crimes again (at which the death penalty is exceedingly effective BTW).

Comment: Re:How it works (Score 2) 84

That's why Aleynikov has been hounded for the past several years and no banking executives have been criminally prosecuted for their role in causing the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression.

That's why a single trader is being held for causing the flash crash, doing things that the big companies do, but making the mistake of not having political connections.

This is not about fair market competition. This is about winning at all costs, with the referees (politicians) are paid off by the wealthy players.

Comment: Basic economic literacy? (Score 1) 216

I would hope for that as a subject before something like programming.

I realize the stories of the young programmer hitting it big with a new website or app are very appealing, and sometimes people feel swathes of society are left out of that lottery because they don't know the first thing about programming. But it's still a very low percentage lottery.

Also, Zuckerberg et. al. don't like paying top programmers salaries like top lawyers or doctors receive.

Comment: "How politics works" (Score 1) 197

I just finished my taxes. Going over the available deductions, I was (darkly) amused at how clearly organized interest groups get their pet deductions put in the federal and state tax codes.

"Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find." -- James Carville.

The same statement is applicable to federal, state and local legislatures.

Comment: Re:Gender is not the real issue... (Score 1) 286

by Beeftopia (#49107783) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating

I think I have an insight on homosexuality and transgenderism ("Oh boy, this should be good," you're thinking - no, no, I'm respectful and support their pursuit of happiness): So, I know this lesbian couple. One female is petite, very feminine, big boobs, quite traditionally attractive. The other partner is a more blocky sort, more male, big, has kind of a beer belly sort of female. She looks like a friend of mine, who's a guy, a former top high school athlete who's let himself go.

I thought - interesting how the petite woman is attracted to a shape that is reminiscent of a male, yet the target of the attraction is a female. I'm guessing there's got to be a pheromone that the petite one is attracted to - one part of her brain likes the male shape and image, but she's "turned on" by the female scent. And I suppose similar holds true for the bigger, more male partner, except she likes both the scent and the image of the female.

Coming back to the thread subject, I don't think a pure hetero male is going to be attracted to a transgender female, because the transgender female (XY chromosome) is not generating the female "scent". It might work for a bi male, but I seriously doubt it could for a pure hetero male.

Homosexuality I think is about a person being attracted to the "scent" of his own gender, first and foremost. Secondarily, what seems to differ is whether they're attracted to the image of the opposite sex represented by their own gender, or whether they're attracted to image of the same sex as well. Two separate channels, scent-attraction and image-attraction.

Comment: Re:I'd defer to whatever the man who died wished (Score 1) 645

by Beeftopia (#49003933) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

His final moments were not private. They were watched and filmed by those torturing and killing him.

The only question is, will those moments only be watched by ISIS sympathizers, or by those opposed to ISIS as well?

Also, this man died like a soldier. His bravery and composure were epic. This man was at his best when the flames approached. I saw the mass beheading of the Syrian soldiers. Again, that was not private. And again, the bravery and composure of those men was a credit to them.

ISIS wants to show how ruthless and powerful they are. With every video, they wind up looking like sick, sadistic fucks. And their victims look like the honorable, brave ones. I'm not saying that for propaganda purposes. That's actually how these things look to me.

Comment: Re:Frightened people are easily led and make bad d (Score 1) 645

by Beeftopia (#49003891) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

I at least never felt frightened after 9/11. I felt empathy for those 3000 people in the towers and on the airplanes, who were so senselessly murdered. I felt a deep anger at those who would do it. And I felt a deep desire to make sure it would not happen again.

"The Street finds its own uses for technology." -- William Gibson