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James Randi and Scientology
09/07/13, 21:35

People really have to stop slut shaming Michael Shermer. :(
LIL BUB & FRIENDZ - a Vice documentary about cats and memes
09/07/13, 21:02

You know what I'd like to see? Forget about paying video uploaders a cut of ad revenue (as the sole content creators, uploaders should really be getting *more than* 50%, but whatever. It's not like the sort of people who live off of Youtube are in a position to negotiate equitable contracts)

Why doesn't Google pay US to WATCH advertisements? Like, each ad I sit through, I get a penny. The whole point of ads is to get us consumers to watch them, right? Back in the days of network television and no TiVo, this was easy enough to do, you just plopped ads in the middle of our favorite show and that was that. But none of us actually watch ads anymore; we've either got AdBlocker, or we click through after five seconds, or we close the video and watch something else. We have too many ways around advertisements and the middlemen can't stymie them all through counter-technology.

So why not give *us* incentives? I'd be willing to watch all sorts of ads if Google would pay me for it. Shit, it's MY time these ads are wasting, they SHOULD be paying me for it. Then everyone could make money off of Youtube, and we wouldn't need to buy a stupid cat in order to do so!
LIL BUB & FRIENDZ - a Vice documentary about cats and memes
09/07/13, 20:46

It's good to know that Vice doesn't fact check or peer review it's shit before throwing it out there. Claiming THIS no-name asshole is the "most popular, most photogenic cat" on the internet?!

Also, haha at 4:40. Cat people have no friends and never go outside.
James Randi and Scientology
09/07/13, 15:53

"Does he really have intellectual integrity after penning "Dear Muslima"? "

Yes, he does. One snarky jab at a feminist doesn't cost a person forty years of intellectual rigor, regardless of how silly the situation was.

I wouldn't say his argument was fallacious because his complaint was also frivolous. That would be a form of ad hominem; a pot has every right to call a kettle black, when the kettle in question IS black. While the pot may be a hypocrite and lack self-awareness, his argument can still be logically and factually sound. As an example: Donald Rumsfeld's recent criticisms of Obama's Syrian agenda.

That's not to say that I think "Dear Muslima" was a particularly elegant piece of reasoning. Dawkins resorted to a variant of the Right To Speak/ Shut Up tactic, that is, "unless your suffering is equal to or greater than an arbitrarily defined valued, you don't have a right to complain". Everyone has a right to complain about anything they want, bullshit or not, and whether it IS bullshit or not is a question that can not be resolved by simply pointing out the speaker's shortcomings. Consider MRAs. Men face a number of unfair obstacles in society today. These obstacles may be smaller and less significant than those faced by, say, Hindu hermaphrodite prostitutes in India, but the fact that there's someone out there worse off than them does not, in and of itself, invalidate the legitimacy of their complaints. *Other things* may invalidate the legitimacy of their complaints, but not their comparative level of suffering. (as an aside, I was with Dawky on that one, just not with the way he put it. Lighten up, babe!)


Anyway, this isn't really about Dawkins; I meant to post that comment as a reply to OZ. Even if both Dawkins and Randi are off the table (which they're not), that still leaves us with dozens of public intellectuals who are respectable, honest skeptics.




(this is unless, of course, the person is complaining that their suffering is UNIQUE or WORSE than anything anyone else is enduring. In that case, pointing out analogous situations can be sufficient to counter the argument)
Ylvis - The Fox
09/07/13, 13:05

Oh, well here's something interesting. It's a now-defunct introductory lesson to the "Lapine Language", which is apparently a language for Furry conventions, developed by rabbits.


http://web.archive.org/web/20070613163526/http://www.loganberry.furtopia.org/bnb/lapine/overview.html
Ylvis - The Fox
09/07/13, 13:01

Yeah, I remember seeing websites about Furry language, too. No clue what happened to them. But I did find a short Wikifur article on fox language:

http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Foxish_language



You can find a few more neat pages under this category:

http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Category:Languages



The Esperanto word for "furry" is "felsono"!
James Randi and Scientology
09/07/13, 11:08

Also, what about Michael Shermer, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Stephen J Gould, or Jared Diamond? There are plenty of respectable people who wear the "skeptic" label; the only famous example of a skeptic who could be said to have lost "respectability" over the years is Richard Dawkins. But I'd argue that even Dawkins, douchey and wrong though he may be, has maintained his intellectual integrity.
James Randi and Scientology
09/07/13, 11:00

I'm skeptical of your claim, OZ. Prove it.

Everyone resorts to sophistry in order to win arguments once in awhile. He wouldn't be human if he didn't! The real questions are, what does he lie about, to whom, and how often does he do it?
James Randi and Scientology
09/07/13, 07:50

That's not very nice of James.

I think he should design some experimental protocols and then, in a controlled laboratory setting, test whether human beings really are possessed by the souls of million-year-old space yachtsmen who got all kersploded by atomic bombs.
Twerking goes awry.
09/07/13, 07:40

Unless you're a scientist with a degree in Twerkonomy, then twerking is beyond your field of expertise.
Ylvis - Stonehenge
09/07/13, 07:27

Dude, they may have hit a slump 'round that stupid Boat song, but "Jizz In My Pants" is a masterpiece and you know it.
Ylvis - The Fox
09/06/13, 22:38

(it's "yiff")
Ylvis - Stonehenge
09/06/13, 22:38

Eurovision?
Ylvis - The Fox
09/06/13, 22:36

I am going to be so sick of this in a week or so. But not now, not yet.

Also, not furry. Furries would know the sound a fox makes.
Realigning My Thoughts On Jasper Johns
09/06/13, 14:22

:D
Nick 'Hollywood' Bravo is depressed again.
09/06/13, 13:59

I saw that comment, it was excellent.

These star are for you.
Alyssa Milano Sex Tape
09/06/13, 13:50

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Those are two very different situations with almost nothing in common.
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So what DON'T they have in common? They're both tiny Middle Eastern countries which pose no direct threat to the United States. They both "have" WMDs, and they were both known to have used them on civilians in the past. They were both largely secular regimes in a region awash in radical religious politics. Both countries had an oppressed religious majority, which in both instances has been a major talking-point for the pro-war crowd. And they're both critically important to the oil industry. Cough cough.

The only real differences I can think of are:

. We haven't really tried any serious soft-touch approaches on Syria yet, unlike Iraq, which we dealt with for years through non-military, non-violent means.

. Assuming the evidence stands up to scrutiny, Syria has used it's WMDs much more recently, and one could argue that they must still possess WMDs; unlike Iraq, which insisted it had disbanded it's WMD program years prior to the invasion. I will concede that this is a point in Obama's favor. (bonus points if they really do turn out to be Iraq's missing WMDs! Then he's won TWO wars for the price of one!)

. And as stated by both of us, Syria is already in the grips of it's own civil war. We don't HAVE to invade Syria if Syria can handle it's own problems, right? Unlike Iraq, which would have never lost Saddam without a US backed military intervention.


All in all, I'd say that the handful of differences here only make it HARDER to justify Syria. So perhaps I was wrong; perhaps I should have said, if Syria is justified, Iraq was justified. But if Syria is unjustified, then Iraq may or may not have been justified anyway.



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Why did you have to learn it from a celebrity sex tape, and not, say, the news? THAT is the point of the video
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...so extolling the virtues of unprovoked war, just as I said.

On the surface, yes, it is an amusing video which tricks us into learning about current events and makes a funny point about our priorities. That's why I five starred it, because it is rather clever and it is rather fun to watch. But the producers want us to know these things for a reason: they want us to view the upcoming war in a sympathetic light. Ms Milano could have just as easily thrown on a clip of Noam Chomsky (or, more likely, Kanye West) discussing US imperialism in the Middle East and how Euro-American industrial interest has colored all the conflicts in that region since the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

Or maybe she could have put on a news clip wherein the trustworthy expert tells us that the gassings which killed 1400 civilians last month *were not the first gassings to take place in that country.* Nor were they the first gassings that US policy makers tried to leverage! But the WMD attacks that took place in March were most likely perpetrated by THE REBELS, i.e. the good guys, and that simply doesn't fit into the narrative we need. Why don't we know this? Why do we have do have to learn this from a bitter pony-loving nerd on poeTV, and not, say, Alyssa Milano and her friends at Sequioa Capital?




If using WMDs to murder civilians is cause enough to claim the moral high-ground and send in Team America, then admitting that our allies probably gassed civilians first would require us to think up all sorts of qualifications for our argument so it could still support our goal. And that would just be way too much effort this late in the game.
lion toy can't carry a tune
09/06/13, 13:42

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lion toy can't carry a tune
09/06/13, 13:41

WoooOOooOoooOooooooOOOuuuuu
Aaron Paul on The Price Is Right before his acting career
09/06/13, 11:49

The musical episode might have been good, had they not brought in Joss Whedon to direct it.

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