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Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 1) 402

by Gryle (#48188685) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
Your argument is illogical. Belief in the existence of Australia is based on the body of documented evidence that Australia does, in fact, exist. The GP is arguing that there is no body of credible evidence for the claim of a "much stronger link between HFCS and diabetes than between cane sugar and diabetes". The GP is claiming said link doesn't exist because of a lack of evidence not in spite of a body of evidence as your argument implies. If such evidence exists it is on you to produce it.

Comment: Re:Some outrage motivated by image control/PR/mone (Score 1) 336

by Gryle (#47811145) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos
I'm not implying she doesn't have other, better reasons to be annoyed -- celebrities are people too, and like their privacy. I'm just curious to what extent the outrage isn't somewhat motivated by a celebrity's desire to flog an image of sexuality for maximum return.

Bullshit. That's exactly what you're doing. Because of course the biggest reason someone would be annoyed by privacy violations is a loss of potential income.

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 1) 1262

I know, I know,. You're not allowed to accuse people of being sexist or racist behaviors, because it's like an ad hominem, and you're a social justice warrior, or whatever.

I see it as a "boy who cried wolf" scenario, wherein actual examples of sexism and racism get lost in the rather weird claims. For example, I once read an essay that claimed "prose" is racist since it evoked the notion of someone having leisure time to compose it, leisure time historically afforded to upper-class whites by black slave labor. Then you get such gems as "PIV is always rape", in which basic biology is now rape. When I worked as a grocery store cashier, a co-worker was accused quite loudly by a customer of being racist since he wouldn't honor an out-of-date coupon (as per the store policy). This year's Miss Nevada was berated by other women as anti-feminist for daring to suggest women should learn to protect themselves against rape.

When people are exposed to enough of these kinds of stories they start to see all accusations of racism and sexism as some sort of ridiculous witch hunt. Then when legitimate issues come around, such as Ms Sarkeesian's situation, people either downplay it or ignore it outright since they've been conditioned that racist and sexist are ridiculous charges.

Comment: Re:I like... (Score 1) 643

by Gryle (#47777079) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
"Ferguson was a town in which most of the population was black...One of the main sources of income for the town was stopping black motorists and giving them traffic tickets"

Statistically speaking, it stands to reason that if a population is majority black the majority of ticketed individuals would be black. Unless you have evidence that blacks were routinely given higher fines for similar offenses committed by white people or that no whites were ever ticketed in Ferguson, your statement is a bit of a reach.

Comment: Re:ROI for drug development (Score 1) 390

by Gryle (#47607103) Attached to: "Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

I doubt the US government has weaponized ebola (it's unsuitable as anything other than a terror weapon for a number of reasons) but it's not ridiculous to assume there exists some sort of defense medicine. The US defense aparatus has spent quite a lot of money in the past century developing defenses against the threat of chemical, biological, and radiological agents* in the event of their use on the battlefield. There are a number of excellent books on the subject, but read cautiously as some of them have tin-foil-hat-and-black-helicopters tendencies. In particular I recommend "Undue Risk" by Jonathan Moreno in particular, thought it's more global in scope.

Some of these experiments quite unethical (MK Ultra and others), but that's another subject.

Comment: Re:I don't see how Jackson isn't a racist.... (Score 1) 514

by Gryle (#47590581) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Because "normal" implies transgendered individuals are somehow mutant or different (which they are) and therefore such a term is somehow prejudiced. (For the record, I agree with your assessment on the subject, I'm just explaining the reasoning behind the creation of such a term).

Comment: Re:It would be cheaper for everyone.... (Score 1) 182

In the USA when Lyndon Johnson came out with the 'Great Society' crap the level of poverty was very low and falling, then the government stepped in and reversed that trend categorically. The free market was working towards reducing poverty, there was no need for anything called 'Great Society' (and as always, there is no truth in advertising that comes from government, less truth in government advertising than in any other).

Could you provide some stats for that? I've never heard this before and you've piqued my interest.

Comment: Re:Equally suspect (Score 1) 306

by Gryle (#47575081) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

The question is -- why do you think Amazon needs to force these prices, then? If publishers are charging too much, people won't buy, and the publishers go out of business, making room for those with better pricing.

On the other hand, what if customers are willing to pay the extra $5 or $10 or $50 for a particular book? If the publisher is okay making money at the prices it selects, why do we need Amazon to intervene in the free market?

Amazon is striking back after the price-fixing business between Apple and the Big 5 that was intended to break Amazon's dominance in the e-book market.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 667

by Gryle (#47501405) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
A "terrorist" is anyone who employs terrorism, especially for political aims. So we look up terrorism and we get: terrorism (noun) 1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. 2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. 3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

With such a nebulous definition we can classify every armed body in the history of the world as terrorists, if we accept Clausewitz' definition of war as the continuation of politics by alternate means. If you narrow it to include asymmetric "guerilla tactics" style warfare, you don't eliminate that many conflicts; WWII had the French resistance, Vietnam was basically a guerilla fight by the Vietcong, heck, Sherman's March to the Sea in the US Civil War could be considered guerilla tactics from a certain vantage point.

As best I can figure now, "terrorist" is basically a political title to signify a guerilla force with aims running counter to those of the speaker. If the guerilla force is neutral we call them "insurgents" or "militias." If we like them we call them "freedom fighters".

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