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Everything posted by Jackethan

  1. Spoilers ahead. I loved how the movie made a point of shoving aside the silly deterministic idea of a 'time paradox' if a past person meets his future self. The movie also seemed to be less about attempting to keep in with 'the rules' of your typical time travel story and they just did whatever they needed to do to get the job done. I liked it.
  2. To the argument that the crime in Child Pornography is 'viewing it with intent to derive sexual satisfaction from it.' Some people get sexual satisfaction when watching other people die, some get it from watching people do drugs, in fact some get it just from watching people do -anything-. Are we going to question every cop and criminal lawyer about their own personal intent when they watch a video of a crime happening? If they watch it with the intent of going home to masturbate about it, then obviously they are a criminal and should be put in jail and should get the DEATH PENALTY because
  3. What's with all the use of words like 'disgusting' and 'vile'? Emotionalism has no place in this situation.
  4. You know, I had forgotten about "Ideal" but I still stick with Ragnar, though Kay Gonda was very attractive, both the actress and the character.
  5. Can a person watch another naked person without wanting to get into his/her pants? Yes. It is no more immoral to go to a strip club than it is to go to an art museum with sculptures and paintings of naked people. In both cases you may admire the human body for what it is. What if a man and a woman who were married went to a strip club together? They might have an enjoyable time drinking and watching the dancers. (depending on the quality of the club) There is absolutely nothing immoral about being a stripper, nor does being a stripper implicitly carry with it a tendency for psychological
  6. My favorites have already been mentioned, Questionable Content, Better Days, and XKCD. I did run across another that I really like too: http://ansuz.sooke.bc.ca/bonobo-conspiracy/
  7. I have so little emotion about this woman and this video. Nothing about her personality or looks made me think she'd be bad at singing, and the audience's preconception of her seemed rather silly to me. I disagree with what you posted here for, and I was calling it as I saw it. As far as argument by intimidation, thanks for showing me that, I hadn't heard of it before, but I'd come across the concept. Still, I don't see why you're here. It's like going to a concert for a band you don't like just to make fun of the fans and talk about how bad the band is.
  8. Jake. You came here to this thread with the purpose of knocking down an idol. Regardless of whether the video garnered more value to some people simply because it included a bunch of people clapping and a starry-eyed Simon Cowell, you came here to try and destroy that value, and thus you are in the wrong. Kicking a stuffed animal into the mud, even though it is a fake animal, and it has no emotional value other than what people assign to it, still seems pretty malicious to me. What's your point? You don't find her heroic? Great, say that. You took it further though, you decided to deride he
  9. By your definitions of slavery and justice, Jake, we should immediately cease trade with China. I am not being pragmatic, I am simply pointing out that there is no way to make an Objective law dictating when and how a nation's economy becomes a 'slavery.' The principle which guides my thoughts in this matter is the one San cited in post 22. A government has an obligation to protect the rights of its own people, what other governments do to other people is #1. not our problem and #2. not our business. If the government of another country violates the rights of its people then the people o
  10. Jake, does the government then have the right to force Wal-mart to close, because it is said that Wal-mart uses foreign slave labor to make their products? Who decides what slave labor is? Does Pakistan use slave labor, or is it confined only to South American communisms? At what point does it become simply labor and not slavery? Cutting off trade with a country is not a function of a proper government. If you as a citizen can't stand the idea of utilizing Cuban labor for cigar manufacture then organize a boycott of companies that use them, otherwise the government has no business in bus
  11. Starbuck disappearing brought me back to my childhood when my mom would watch 'Touched By An Angel' a title whose innuendo could literally apply to Kara Thrace's storyline. They could have VERY easily said that the man at the piano was 'Daniel' the 13th cylon and said that Kara was his daughter, and Kara and Lee could've gone off and had a loving relationship in their happy flower child 'we grow our own crops' land. I find it very very VERY unlikely that the remnants of the human race would choose a life devoid of toilet paper. Of course a possible explanation for why everyone was so willi
  12. The record companies always had the ability to keep up with the current technologies and provide a safer, more easily accessible means of music download. The huge gap of time between the advent of pre-war Napster and the advent of the Apple Music store and Amazon just demonstrates their keenly sharpened unwillingness to adapt to a changing industry. Regardless of the fact that downloading unlicensed music is unethical, I still think those companies should've been left to go bankrupt after the huge struggle it took to get them onto a legitimate music downloading venue. I think the rise in AMS a
  13. I agree that people have very loving connections with their pets, this is not uncommon or unhealthy. Some people have loving connections to inanimate objects, at least to a memory that that object might be connected to. However as to the phenomenon of getting worked up about movies and not at real life there are two very plain differences when watching a movie: 1) It is not real, this means your mind is not struggling against your emotional response so that you can react calmly to the situation, you're not forced to accept the reality, and there is no need to try and hide the emotion. 2)
  14. Are laws meant to punish the irrational or the criminal? No, I am not implying that a baby is a punishment. There are many countless ways for a woman to trick a man into having a baby, especially if it guarantees her 18 years of child support payments, as the US system currently does. The act of sex itself is not implicitly a contractual agreement to have a child. The state of modern contraceptives is such that pregnancy is 99% improbable when they are used correctly. If I went to a used car lot, and found a great car that I liked, and the seller told me that it was a great car with l
  15. My friend played a prank on me, no virus. I apologize for the accusation.
  16. The problem in my mind with setting realistic goals that you know you can achieve is it seems to limit one's self. What about setting unrealistic, nearly impossible goals, recognizing them as nearly impossible, and going for them relentlessly anyway? I think a good start is in recognizing when your goal falls into a certain category, like: 1. This is something I'll be able to do without a problem. (learn time management, get promoted, save for a vacation) 2. This is something that I haven't done before, or is difficult, but I have evidence that I'll probably be able to do it. (overcome a
  17. Heh, this makes it sound like the Frankfurt school caused the rise of marx, hegel, kant, etc. in America, in other words, formed modern american politics. I wonder how accurate that assertion is.
  18. Don't you have problems here, in this life you have right now, that need fixing? Is going to Africa really about wanting to try and change the world, or is it about running away from the problems you have here?
  19. Memory leaks caused by previous code fries customers' computers. Should've waited till after beta testing finished before release.
  20. Open Source causes widespread cultural change causing votes against patenting and intellectual property rights in the UK.
  21. I think a kid is perfectly capable of grasping and articulating the particular complexities of the philosophies involved in both political parties, the reason most don't is that they choose not to; they are given no reason to want to. When it comes down to it, understanding conservativism (I believe he makes a spelling error calling it conservatism, I could be wrong) is not a very complex task, no more complex than attempting to understand and manipulate video game mechanics or ways to get out of doing work at home and school. If this kid had a radio show talking about Objectivist philosophy,
  22. The entirety of the beginning montage showing historical scenes was designed to show you how these historical events happened in this alternate universe. Remember that Watchmen takes place in a universe where the United States wins the cold war because of a real genuine superhero with god-like powers. Note: the Kennedy assassination showed the Comedian after demonstrating that in this universe (it is likely that moore goes with the CIA conspiracy story) the CIA had Kennedy assassinated by the Comedian. Later, in the scene showing the college students being shot by a national guard unit, thi
  23. My dad is way way way into Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. I used to like them, and on occasion I like the things they say. However, most of the time, when not espousing religious faith as the only source of morality for mankind, Limbaugh and Coulter can be found sniping at fishy things the political left does. Is this good? Yeah, but every time I find myself thinking, 'Who's watching the watchmen?' The republican party is sorely bereft of real principles. They yell and scream about free markets and individual rights for now, but when Limbaugh is dead, and the party begins to evolve, future gen
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