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The Show / Re: Study: Oral Sex Cures Morning Sickness
« on: November 14, 2013, 07:38:57 PM »
While I'm sure the study is bunk (despite the fact that I suggested my wife and I try it... You know, for the sake of science), I'm pretty sure that a woman receiving oral sex would relieve a lot of the emotional side effects of her condition.
Just a thought.

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Guns, Drugs, and Crazy Independence Stuff / Re: Harassed for Carrying a Gun
« on: December 02, 2011, 01:34:37 AM »
While not exactly a gun story, I've had security called on me for a cell phone on my hip because it happened to be under a trench coat. Security handled it very well, assuming if it was a gun, I was either licensed to carry it or at least not robbing them. I'm sure actual police would've been less professional.

I have also had a cop draw on me for a pair of wooden bokken my friend and I were toying around with, hitting each other with them and not severing limbs.

Did I mention he was watching us hit each other with them, on said friend's property, for about half an hour? Jackass.

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General / Re: Who are we in Star Trek?
« on: April 09, 2011, 08:12:16 PM »
I actually use Star Trek as a middle-ground when talking about liberty issues with "left-wing" type friends. By pointing out the fact that the Star Trek universe is essentially a Socialist utopia, and indicating why it could work in those circumstances, I illustrate the reasons it cannot possibly work in reality. The biggest difference between the two worlds is we don't have limitless energy and resources. If everyone could just go up to a machine and basically say "let there be food," or never have to worry about paying any kind of energy bill, then we wouldn't have to worry about how productive people were, would we?
I had more, but I got distracted and lost my train of thought. That's a good basic thought, though.

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General / Re: planning on attending the cruise in 2011?
« on: January 30, 2011, 12:20:56 AM »
I plan on coming, but don't tell my girlfriend.

No, no, she'll be coming too, but it's a surprise.

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General / Re: Combating Cliches
« on: January 23, 2011, 04:23:19 AM »

 30-40% taxes are not equivalent to being 30-40% enslaved. This kind of thing just destroys the meaning of the word.

I don't believe it takes anything away from the word, actually. While it may not be the literal definition of slavery, it is a quite similar notion. If you don't yield your physical manifestation of labor that is earned by spending your time and energy (which you do not have an infinite amount of) in the amount that is demanded of you, you will, if caught, have everything you have the right to own taken from you, be thrown in the aptly nicknamed rape cages, or possibly even assaulted and murdered by the enforcement arm of these people who occasionally claim the system is voluntary.
Honestly, I reacted the same way to the notion of "Taxes = Slavery" when I first heard it on FTL, but keeping an open mind to the discussion that took place on the air it began to make more sense. I don't believe the words are twisted or played with too much at all, and it makes sense when you look at it simply: If you do not obey the whims of your masters, the government, you will be punished as they see fit. You cannot own anything the government cannot take away.

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General / Re: Combating Cliches
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:26:21 AM »
Didn't realize I posted this so long ago, but I had a relevant thought. One cliche I just remembered today that I used to hear on the show a lot:
"Is this the hill you want to die on?"
The point is not to die on that hill, but to demonstrate that they are willing to kill you on it. Metaphorically, and sometimes literally speaking.

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Grand Rapids police are usually more neutral-bad than outright terrible, but I imagine the higher-ups are pretty nasty. The Staties are where the real bastards are.

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The Show / Re: Looking for ideas for the FTL drinking game
« on: November 11, 2010, 09:51:14 PM »
One for every time a grammatical or obsolete terminology error (i.e. "whence") is pointed out or corrected.
I used to roll my eyes at how often Ian used the term "run roughshod over..." but I haven't heard that in ages.
Every time a government agent in a story being read says "no comment" or the like (which I always mentally translate as "what'cha gonna do about it?")
And finish a drink every time a caller is drunk?

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General / Re: Just read an awesome short story in my english class today.
« on: November 02, 2010, 02:38:16 AM »
As soon as I saw the thread title, I instantly thought "This guy just read Harrison Bergeron." I love when I'm pretend-psychic.
I bring up the story often in cases of censorship, forced "equality" where some people are more equal than others, etc. I've loved it since I first read it in ninth grade.

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General / Re: Combating Cliches
« on: October 28, 2010, 10:05:34 PM »
I just coined a new term in my head. I'm going to "Ian" you:
Dictionary.com's definition of Combating includes "oppose vigorously," and as I'm opposing the statement itself and not actually intending violent or disruptive confrontation with the person using it, I'll stick to it.

Now I feel like a pretentious ass. Not that I'm calling Ian that, or anything, just how I feel about me doing that.

I like to turn around the "Ignorance of the Law" argument. I could actually pull out the original and full quote to give it the appropriate context and display the perversion of the phrase, but instead I keep it simple. "Ignorance of the law is no excuse. This is a deeply ignorant law, and the people who made it are ignorant of life, liberty and property. Ignorance of the lawmakers is no excuse."

Another notion on slavery compared to taxes is a little numbers game. Prior to the American Civil War (or as I like to call it, the Secession War), an estimated 60% of the Southern states' population were slaves. Looking at that to be approximately 30% of the total population of the USA, they were 100% enslaved. After slavery has been abolished, the average tax rate on people nationwide, which we have no say in, are imposed on us without our consent (except those who passively consent by saying/doing nothing about it), and will be imprisoned while "forfeiting" all we own if we refuse, is 30-40%. That means 100% of the people are now 30-40% enslaved. Slavery never went away, it just became more "fair."

Good discussion so far, by the way.

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General / Re: Rank these for survival on a moon hike.
« on: October 28, 2010, 09:53:22 PM »
fuck the moon


I agree.

...fucks things up for ninjas at night...

I have to disagree with you there. The moon would cast deep shadows which, in contrast with openly lighted areas, provide much better cover. Additionally, a gray outfit would likely be just as effective in the moonlight as shadow, considering even a black outfit in darkness could still stand out enough to be troublesome. I suppose overall a ninja's true weakness would be a vast open plain, moonlight or no.

I digress. I like the moon. Tides are cool.

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General / Combating Cliches
« on: October 28, 2010, 03:26:36 AM »
So I've heard a few cliche statements lately when discussing freedom-oriented ideals at work. Not many, but a couple that have irked me for a while when hearing them. So, considering how easily swayed people tend to be if you can make a witty remark (people seem so sheepish sometimes), I've tossed a few decent comebacks their way. Mainly these gems:

"This is a nation of laws!" No, this is a nation of people. Just like good and bad people, there are good and bad laws. Would you blindly obey a bad person?

"Even a broken clock is right twice a day!" A broken clock (in this case the politician of your choice) is never right when its hands are in your pocket. (I'm proud of that one in particular)

Anyone have any good comebacks to share?

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General / Re: Help me name the gay podcast
« on: October 23, 2010, 11:31:25 PM »
"How the Other Other Half Lives."

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General / Re: What Video Games Are You Currently playing?
« on: October 21, 2010, 03:40:47 PM »
Finally got Just Cause 2 after a few months of sitting atop my Gamefly list. Whole thing's a blast, blow up evil (Southeast Asian) government infrastructure, drive or fly anything, and best of all a grappling hook and parachutes that defy all physics. You can't beat grabbing a guy with your hook, then hooking that line to a propane tank, shooting it, and watching it fly off into the sky.

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General / Re: Raccoons are assholes.
« on: October 11, 2010, 09:18:26 PM »
I enjoyed the tale. Raccoons are indeed assholes.

I had a cat that would actually go out in the woods and beat up two or three at a time. Saw it happen once, pretty impressive. He'd come home spattered with blood that wasn't his.

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