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Comment: Re:I wasn't fundamentally altered by it. (Score 1) 188

by XxtraLarGe (#48011841) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

Years back, I worked with one fellow who survived a lightning strike. He said it was actually the best thing that had ever happened to him. Before being hit, he suffered from extreme difficulties obtaining an erection, and even when he managed to get one he couldn't sustain it for more than a minute or two. But after being hit, he said those problems went away. As he described it, he was then able to get the "fattest throbbing fatties" (I think those were his words, or something along those lines) that he'd ever had, and he'd talk about how he could "screw his wife for hours" before ejaculating.

So basically, super powers.

Comment: Re:His Dark Materials? (Score 4, Insightful) 402

by XxtraLarGe (#47973409) Attached to: It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Please. Atheists are so sensitive. Those were only banned in Catholic schools, which no one is forced to send their kids to. Public schools banned the Chronicles of Narnia, which is conspicuously absent from this list.

Sensitive enough to mod you down, even!

For those of you who still don't understand what should be moderated troll or flamebait:

A troll is someone who intentionally misrepresents a viewpoint while claiming to hold that viewpoint, in order to draw a reaction against it. I.E. "Like all good conservatives, I think a woman's place is in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant." Another example of a troll is the "Thank you for being a friend" post with the word comforter replaced by cosmonaut.

Flamebait is someone who intentionally uses inflammatory language to attack or insult a person or a group of people. A good example of this is the old GNAA posts, which thankfully I haven't seen in some time. While opragost's post may have criticized a group of people, I wouldn't say the post was inflammatory. Besides, wouldn't modding operagost's post down prove their point?

The moderation system isn't supposed to be a banhammer to suppress free expression, it's supposed to help keep the level of the rhetoric to at least some sort of civility. If you disagree with someone, then reply to them, don't mod them down just because you don't like what they said.

I think operagost's post made a valid point. A series of books considered to be atheist classics made the cut, but books considered to be Christian classics did not. Interestingly enough, Chronicles of Narnia was criticized both by secular institutions & Christian ones.

Comment: From the real article (Score 3, Informative) 240

by XxtraLarGe (#47966029) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave
Linked to by the Dice non-article, can be found here. There appears to be exactly one victim that they can identify. Given the rest of the junk the guy tweets, my guess is it's a troll, done on an older, non-working phone. Sounds like some people are trying to create a news story where none exists.

Comment: Re:Why is science to blame for the holocaust? (Score 1) 937

by XxtraLarGe (#47909615) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

My understanding is: without religion, there would have been no holocaust.

Your understanding is mistaken. There were Christians who supported Hitler, and there were Christians who opposed him. There were Christians who hated Jews, and there were Christians who hid them & helped them escape. Hitler hated Christians, and would have eventually done the same thing to Christians as he did to Jews. Wikipedia actually has a pretty good description of his religious upbringing and the influence it had on him.

Comment: Re:Do We Want Our Gov't to regulate the drones? (Score 1, Insightful) 94

by XxtraLarGe (#47896709) Attached to: Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

Regulation is a word that bristles the hair about your neck, but there are enough flaws in the human condition that we pretty much need some rules to protect us from each other.

This may be one of those times.

So basically what you're saying is humans are flawed, so we need some flawed humans to make rules for the rest of the flawed humans? If the people can't be trusted to make decisions for themselves, then how can we trust that they made good decisions when they voted for the current set of elected officials?

Comment: Homeland Security FTW! (Score 0, Troll) 94

by XxtraLarGe (#47896697) Attached to: Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

If businesses and individuals can have drones, then the terrorists have already won. Sadly, the terrorists won right after 9/11 when the Federal government ballooned into a never before seen size, with the passage of the unPATRIOTic Act. Any time the government gets more power, the people lose.

I hope you guys are enjoying the government you've elected. It doesn't matter if you voted for Bush, Gore, Kerry, Obama, McCain or Romney, the result would all be the same. We kept hearing over and over again "Things like this won't happen when Obama is president!". But guess what? They do happen, and they're happening more often.

That's the end of my libertarian rant. Now start with your straw man attacks.

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