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Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 1) 201

by Grishnakh (#49183287) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

You seem to be arguing that monogamy is a good thing, which it is not. A 50+% divorce rate proves this.

In primitive communities, old women didn't need "one and only one man" to provide for her. The whole village provided for everyone. What you contend is an advantage is only so in Randian societies where people don't look out for each other, and everyone is out for himself.

Your comment also has a bit of very obvious misogyny in it.

Also, agriculture was a giant detriment to human societies at first. It didn't give people leisure time at all; they had to toil endlessly making crops grow. Before this, they just went into the wild and picked naturally-growing fruits and seeds and hunted animals. The only reason people stopped being hunter-gatherers was because their populations grew too large for their environment, and agriculture made it possible to sustain much larger populations. In addition, people lost a foot of height when they switched to agriculture, because hunter-gatherer lifestyles were far more healthy and nutritious. It took millennia for people to reach the average heights they had before the invention of agriculture.

Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 1) 201

by Grishnakh (#49183219) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Because Europeans were sexually frustrated and channeled their energy into conquering, while the Hawaiians sat around in a paradise (Hawaii is warm and fertile year-round, unlike Europe and most other places) having orgies and generally being happy and not feeling any need to go steal other peoples' land and resources?

Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 2) 201

by Grishnakh (#49183195) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Societies expect various things of adults that involve resisting animal instincts.

And how exactly do you know that these primitive societies are the ones expecting things which resist animal instincts, and that other societies (with men hoarding women and restricting their sexuality) are the ones which aren't? How do you know you don't have it backwards?

Or maybe both societies are resisting animal instincts: maybe the pro-sex societies are resisting mens' instincts, while the anti-sex, pro-monogamy societies are the ones resisting womens' instincts.

Comment: Re:The results are deliberately skewed (Score 1) 201

by Grishnakh (#49182207) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Oh bullshit. *Most* cops are evil. Any time a cop does something evil, and his fellow cops defend him, don't testify against him, lie in testifying against him, or refuse to take a stand against him in any way, that makes *all* off them (in that department) evil.

This "small percentage" bullshit is just that, and I'm sick and tired of morons like you spouting that crap. A few bad apples spoils the entire bunch, and that's what's happened with cops. Departments which don't make sure to keep their ranks clean of the bad ones become departments full of bad cops, and that's how most police departments are in the US. There might be a few good one out there (which you never hear about because they don't have any problems), but they're a minority of the population of cops, since all the worst police departments are the ones in big cities, especially the LAPD and NYPD (which is trying to claim that murders in NYC are up because of marijuana legalization in Colorado).

This has nothing to do with races. Races of people are not governmental, hierarchal organizations. There is no "chief" in charge of all black people, but there is a police chief in charge of every police department.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 629

by Grishnakh (#49182129) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

There's nothing ironic about your comment. Yes, everyone knows that Russia isn't exactly a nation that values free speech. It's also one of the few places where Snowden could go because the US has so much power over other nations (look at all the supposedly-human-rights-respecting European nations like Sweden which happily allowed the US to illegally abduct people and take them to black sites for torture, called "extraordinary rendition"), since Russia does not do extradition and likes to thumb their nose at the US, and is also a place where the CIA is not about to go abducting people since the repercussions if it was discovered and publicized would be utterly catastrophic.

The fact that Russia would not treat a whistleblower of its own secrets kindly is completely irrelevant, because Snowden is not a Russian and would never be employed in such a capacity in Russia.

Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 5, Interesting) 201

by Grishnakh (#49181725) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Resolving conflict through violence, males procreating with as many females as possible and preventing others from doing likewise, extreme tribalism etc.

The pre-European-contact Hawaiians and many other indigenous cultures (pre-European-contact usually) completely disagree with you. In Hawaiian culture, they didn't even have marriage; people just had sex with whoever, whenever, no one knew who kids' fathers were, and the kids were raised collectively by their villages. In some South American tribe, people think kids can have multiple fathers, so women wanting a kid have sex with a bunch of different men they like, hoping to endow the child with traits from each of them.

It's only various expansionist cultures which pushed the idea that women are owned by men and their sexuality is to be controlled by them.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 629

by Grishnakh (#49176433) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Snowden does not work for the Russian government, nor is he ever likely to. What he's been doing for a job over there, I'm not sure, but I'm quite sure they're not going to employ him in a job doing the same thing he was doing in the USA. At best, he can just work in private-sector jobs there which have nothing to do with the government.

Yes, if he exposed government corruption in Russia, he wouldn't be treated well. But why would he ever be in a position to see such corruption and expose it?

Comment: Re:serious question (Score 1) 167

by Grishnakh (#49168517) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

thanks for that information. but other than the mail, none of that is anything they did. they bought out other companies. I mean thats great for them, flickr is a good platform, im sure tumblr as well. but buying a company and innovating are 2 different things.

Most big companies are like this.

Look at Microsoft, their history is full of purchases: Powerpoint, Hotmail, Visio, Dynamics, Skype, Nokia, Bungie,

Comment: Re: Live (Score 2) 230

by Grishnakh (#49167435) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

The 1st season of TNG was a mess; it got better afterwards when Gene became less involved and Rick Berman took over. He's really the guy we can thank for TNG being the classic it was. He took Gene's great vision, and made a great show out of it. It also helped when Gene's drinking buddy Maurice Hurley left the show, as he was a writer and had a lot of sway over the scripts. He's the reason Gates McFadden left during the 2nd season.

As for the Federation not being superior, how do you figure? They weren't militaristic, so of course they weren't easily able to easily overcome the Romulans and Klingons who devoted all their resources to empire-building and the military. It's just like Russia today. Their economy sucks but they're still holding onto lots of territory and have lots of power because that territory holds valuable natural resources, and they have a huge and powerful military to guard it and push their agenda, including seizing land from neighboring nations.

Comment: Re: Live (Score 1) 230

by Grishnakh (#49167391) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

BS, TNG was a great series. However, it was really rough and kinda bad during the first season, and into the 2nd.

What worked was when Gene was the figurehead and kinda oversaw things, so that people were working according to his vision, but Gene was not involved in any nitty-gritty details. He was a lot like George Lucas: he came up with some cool ideas and visions for things, but when they were executed by other people is when the final product was really fantastic.

Gene became much less involved in the show after the 2nd season, and that's when it really shined, at least until it just got too old and stale. The 3rd-5th seasons were amazing, and some of the best TV ever made.

The same thing happened in TOS too. All the best episodes were when Gene wasn't so hands-on.

Now with Gene gone, it's gone to crap because they aren't using his vision at all, they're just recycling and trying to make money off of things from the prior series, but without the vision that really made it ST.

Comment: Re:Live (Score 1) 230

by Grishnakh (#49167327) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

Great post. I feel mostly the same way, except I never bothered with JJ's 2nd movie because I was too disappointed by the 1st one.

The real problem with Star Trek, however, was that it was unrealistic in its optimism and with everyone having such excellent values. They said many times in the series that genetic engineering was bad, was banned, etc. (except for that 2nd-series Pulaski episode in TNG, for some odd reason), but the only way humanity is going to be that moral is if it's engineered into them, or we do something to engineer sociopathy out of our species. Right now, sociopaths are in charge, and are exceedingly common, and their values permeate our society. Just look at the replies to your post: these days, the only thing that matters is money and profit, that's what makes a person "good". Even the Christians will tell you this these days: God favors people who make more money, and loves rich people more, and poor people are poor because God has abandoned them. Popular TV preachers like Joel Osteen will happily tell you this, and countless Christian churches preach this theology.

Of course, even Star Trek had its dark side, but it was in the past: we were supposed to have the Eugenics Wars back in the 1990s, and we're supposed to have WWIII sometime soon. Only after all that calamity is Zephram Cochrane supposed to invent the warp engine, meet the Vulcans, and quickly propel us into the galactic neighborhood as seen in STE, with humanity going from a war-torn society to eradicating poverty inside a century. So according to ST, we're supposed to be living in a pretty shitty time right now. That seems ridiculously optimistic however (that going through WWIII and meeting the Vulcans will suddenly turn us into a wonderful race of moralistic do-gooders without a bunch of sociopaths running our society like we have now).

What I like to tell people in discussions like this is that Star Trek does show our society, but not in the normal episodes; they're in the "mirror" episodes! That's us: the evil humans who run around murdering and conquering anyone and anything we can. If we ever invent warp drive and phasers, the galaxy is going to wish they only had the Klingons to deal with.

Oh, so there you are!