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by avak
Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: ClimateGate Debunked
Replies: 25
Views: 1406

Re: ClimateGate Debunked

Well, like I said...that "scientist" could be the same in both examples. Even ignoring that, they constitute 0.1% of the signatories. Let's also ignore the 15 minutes of fame you can get for saying something controversial like that. If there was more proof of coercion it would be documente...
by avak
Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: ClimateGate Debunked
Replies: 25
Views: 1406

Re: ClimateGate Debunked

Kiryan, you seriously linked to a fox article in which ONE scientist makes an unsubstantiated, ambiguous claim of pressure to sign a petition that 1700+ other scientists signed in four days? ONE PERSON?! This is shocking. I am embarrassed. I'll even give you two....but I don't trust fox enough to as...
by avak
Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:37 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: ClimateGate Debunked
Replies: 25
Views: 1406

Re: ClimateGate Debunked

The Psychology of Climate Change Denial http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/climate-psychology/ If scientists used the same wildly speculative, unsubstantiated angles that people use to "debunk" anthropogenic climate change they would be laughed out of their jobs. I saw something int...
by avak
Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:06 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it
Replies: 34
Views: 816

Re: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it

Well, what an epic derailment. Ok, so acorn receive(d) federal funding. That is completely commonplace for 501c3 non-profits. They appear to have a tendency towards liberal constituents. My guess is that if non-profit X started targeting GOTV efforts with $250k+ white suburbanites, they might attrac...
by avak
Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it
Replies: 34
Views: 816

Re: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it

By the way, there are estimates by the CBO that the fed has spent over 1.5 billion on abstinence-only sex education. I don't know...agendas?
by avak
Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:35 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it
Replies: 34
Views: 816

Re: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it

Nor do you pay back any of the government funding that supports all public education. You are truly federally subsidized on many levels. But whatever, Sarvis hit the nail on the head...this is all just typical distraction from the real issues.
by avak
Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it
Replies: 34
Views: 816

Re: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it

the fox news meaningless factoid cribsheet must not be updated yet.
by avak
Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Children school diets?
Replies: 26
Views: 1074

Re: Children school diets?

Healthy food is not expensive. It just doesn't have a lobby of greedy salesmen and spindoctors behind it. The most recent farm bill was $288 billion. That gets paid by all of us.
by avak
Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:53 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it
Replies: 34
Views: 816

Re: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it

Forgot to mention or didn't find relevant? I don't find it to be relevant to the conversation.
by avak
Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it
Replies: 34
Views: 816

Re: Acorn, please explain this to me because I don't get it

I blatantly stole this from Metafilter, but it does a better job than I ever would. Tef, feel free to defend your claims of maliciousness. Let me see if I understand how this ACORN thing has worked. They register voters. They tend to register poor people, who tend to vote Democrat, so that had to be...
by avak
Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: tiger woods crash: f*ing ridiculous
Replies: 36
Views: 923

Re: tiger woods crash: f*ing ridiculous

You know, that's just it...it cuts both ways with fame. We cry foul when there is preferential treatment that benefits the celebrity, but rarely does anyone bat an eyelash at the intense scrutiny. If this were not Tiger Woods, would anyone in the world be talking about it -besides- Tiger and his wif...
by avak
Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:54 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Really, we need to regulate yoga?
Replies: 25
Views: 537

Re: Really, we need to regulate yoga?

I happen to agree completely with Kiryan. There is no compelling reason for the government to regulate this. If you want to find a reputable yoga instructor, find a reputable yoga organization or ask other people for references. And note, the government is not interested in the quality of instructio...
by avak
Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: tiger woods crash: f*ing ridiculous
Replies: 36
Views: 923

Re: tiger woods crash: f*ing ridiculous

One of the major problems with modern instant-access media is that we, the consumers, have a tendency to assume we have all of the relevant details. The Woods story looks really suspicious from what we know about it...Kiryan even suggests that there very well might be more to the story. Maybe along ...
by avak
Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Climate Researchers' E-mails Hacked
Replies: 15
Views: 481

Re: Climate Researchers' E-mails Hacked

Um, that is difficult to counter; assuming you actually feel that way. It kind of puts you in the 'why bother' camp on about most issues I can think of.
by avak
Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Climate Researchers' E-mails Hacked
Replies: 15
Views: 481

Re: Climate Researchers' E-mails Hacked

The problem is not gradual shifting over centuries...it is the threat of sudden change that is most worrisome. For example, the thermo-haline circulation system in the Atlantic shows signs that it could collapse on a time frame of a decade or less. Even the Pentagon's scenarios of that collapse are ...
by avak
Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Climate Researchers' E-mails Hacked
Replies: 15
Views: 481

Re: Climate Researchers' E-mails Hacked

Ah, you know...I'll reluctantly wade into this a little. It all looks pretty damning for these guys. On the other hand, there were something like 70mb of text files? Ten years worth of email? Honestly, for there to be this grand collusion against the entire rest of the scientific and political world...
by avak
Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:32 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Kiryan, Sarvis, Corth
Replies: 8
Views: 560

Re: Kiryan, Sarvis, Corth

I think it is more than just fun. I'm not honestly expecting to change anyone's opinion (nor have mine changed significantly), but I think that it is a good place to look for some common ground. I have this belief that despite our very persistent disagreements in means, the desired ends are pretty u...
by avak
Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Time to plan...
Replies: 66
Views: 4594

Re: Time to plan...

I realize it was not funny now...I have only a vague idea of what I was getting at! Some convoluted dig about service-oriented vacations and people that hate forced charity or something...just ignore all of that. Appropriate juvenile joke: How many adhd kids does it take to change a light bulb? Let'...
by avak
Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

Ha ha, that is so classic. It just keeps on staying true too
by avak
Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Time to plan...
Replies: 66
Views: 4594

Re: Time to plan...

I think you guys should take Corth and Kiryan on a forced community service "vacation" to an Indian reservation. Reservations are exotic...like third world country exotic.
by avak
Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Republicans: Take back your freedoms
Replies: 152
Views: 3809

Re: Republicans: Take back your freedoms

Feel free to ignore me if this would derail the current Tod/Tef discussion, which is pretty interesting... The freedom to obtain a credit card is inexorably linked to the freedom by which and how credit card issuers may issue credit. Consumer 'protection' comes at the cost of supplier liberty (and v...
by avak
Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

I think I'd rather power level, maybe borrow some shiny eq from someone and skip straight to BGR or something. ;)

I just thought the 'turn gay' advice might address this.
by avak
Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

Have you tried being gay?
by avak
Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

Bodyslam her!
by avak
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Jokes, Funnies.
Replies: 49
Views: 4877

Re: Jokes, Funnies.

Why did Hitler commit suicide?

He got his gas bill.
by avak
Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:38 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Kiryan
Replies: 22
Views: 1397

Re: Kiryan

I'm in. I thought I didn't need this place...then I got a few good rambling posts in and felt the blood rush through my veins again. Oh man, what a drug...anonymous bitching. I love you torilmud bbs.
by avak
Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:32 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

Yeah, metaphor master, it means go gain some confidence on easy targets. I am honestly starting to get tired of the same story..."so, I was close to this one girl that I liked that probably kind of liked me...I said or did next to nothing...something almost happened and then it didn't...then it...
by avak
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

Dude, you're cockblocking yourself. I am not sure I have ever seen someone be so passive. Go to the Podville of women and test your sword out by killing some shiT!!!!!!!
by avak
Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: I'm so tired of this
Replies: 12
Views: 1019

Re: I'm so tired of this

You're tired because maintaining your convoluted, inconsistent worldviews requires an epic amount of brain power. This is also why the bbs crashes for days/months on end.
by avak
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Right to Healthcare?
Replies: 52
Views: 4193

Re: Right to Healthcare?

I've been thinking very seriously about changing my position on free healthcare because of all the positive... however I just don't see how I can get over 1) government inefficiency which will inevitably make it outrageously expensive. 2) further reducing the need for personal responsibility. I don...
by avak
Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Right to Healthcare?
Replies: 52
Views: 4193

Re: Right to Healthcare?

My question here though is how do you determine who has the greatest need? Some government beaurocrat, undoubtedly. One could imagine a formula that is created which estimates the amount of extended lifespan for any particular use of healthcare resources. A heart bypass on a 50 year old male might ...
by avak
Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Right to Healthcare?
Replies: 52
Views: 4193

Re: Right to Healthcare?

kiryan wrote:So transportation to hospitals will become a right as well.

It already is.
by avak
Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Cash for Clunkers
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Cash for Clunkers

Do you guys consider it a success or not?
by avak
Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Obama Joker
Replies: 12
Views: 439

Re: Obama Joker

I'll assert that it is an intentionally violent image. Look at the "joker" poster of Bush that Ash linked...no overtones of violence...the message of 'mad scientist' is a lot stronger. Corth, you argue inconsistent points...on one hand the joker image is meant to invoke random and haphazar...
by avak
Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:07 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Obama Joker
Replies: 12
Views: 439

Re: Obama Joker

If you ask me, this is racial. I don't play that card often because it is so overused, but this seems blatant.

The image is angry. Slit throat, black eyes, whiteface...

Its not the Joker, its an effigy.
by avak
Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Death panels
Replies: 24
Views: 637

Re: Death panels

So wtf is Palin arguing? That we spend at all costs to prolong life or that we manage costs at all levels of care? In almost every case, there is 'more' that can be done...another option for treatment..albiet with hugely diminishing returns on cost. These neo-cons makin me crazy. Yo Palin...propose ...
by avak
Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

I just randomly stumbled on this article by Kevin Smith. It reminded me of this conversation. On the Perils of Strip Clubs But the most fascinating category of strip-clubbers we used to obsess over were the True Believers - the guys who bought into the myth, and seemed to seriously believe they had ...
by avak
Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:33 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

So does anyone actually care about my continuing adventures with Darlene the "Let's just be friends" girl or the Bartender? If not, I'll let the thread die... Are you kidding?!? I'm living vicariously through your torment since all I can manage is a constant barrage of completely hot, int...
by avak
Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Cancelling my health insurance.
Replies: 109
Views: 5429

Re: Cancelling my health insurance.

As far as dental is concerned...take a yearly vacation to Mexico. I've dropped all health insurance except for catastrophic, too. I haven't been in a doctor's office in a long time...I literally can't remember. Healthy people need to understand that the risk equation does not favor them. Kiryan is a...
by avak
Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: harvard professor incident
Replies: 37
Views: 1520

Re: harvard professor incident

"Mission Accomplished" Politicians say stupid shit. Obama made a completely idiotic move and all he can hope for is that Michael Jackson re-dies so this gets out of the daily press. I think this stands out because Obama is so calculating and precise in his rhetoric. For him to just shoot o...
by avak
Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

Handing out business cards seems so lame...I'm sorry. Besides, my impression is that you are handing out the card to avoid a direct interaction. That is just prolonging the pain because, assuming anyone calls, you still have to have that awkward first interaction. Anyway, I randomly saw this stuff o...
by avak
Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: harvard professor incident
Replies: 37
Views: 1520

Re: harvard professor incident

God, that prof is looking to be a self-righteous dick. Black or not, he is coming across as a complete idiot. He went into the house to get his ID?? Of course the cop followed him...I'm surprised he let him go at all...that is when the perp grabs the gun or makes a break for it. Isn't it standard pr...
by avak
Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

Seconded. That is beyond brilliant.
by avak
Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25449

Re: The Game

Bartenders are generally the hardest women in the world to pick up. Why? They get hit on all freaking night. I think most of the good ones enter this Zen state where they are detached yet flirtatious. Probably a lot like...uhhh...strippers. Anyway, yeah, I think you blew it. However, I wouldn't hesi...
by avak
Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Devil's Advocate: Sanctity of Marriage
Replies: 20
Views: 506

Re: Devil's Advocate: Sanctity of Marriage

Well, a couple counter points... One, encouraging marriage does not equal encouraging divorce. Yes, divorce is an occasional result of marriage and of course, all divorces start as marriages, however...not all marriages end in divorce. Therefore, because marriage is so beneficial to society, as I wi...
by avak
Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Devil's Advocate: Sanctity of Marriage
Replies: 20
Views: 506

Re: Devil's Advocate: Sanctity of Marriage

That's just it Kiryan. Let's encourage behavior that is beneficial to society as a whole. That is why we observe unions (marriage) legally and with tax benefits. Same as giving first time homebuyers a $8k tax credit...we want them to be homeowners because the data suggest homeowners are great for so...
by avak
Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Devil's Advocate: Sanctity of Marriage
Replies: 20
Views: 506

Re: Devil's Advocate: Sanctity of Marriage

Why is regulating the status of 'marriage' any difference than say regulating the age of consent or even the concept of rape? It really all comes down to regulating morality based on societal constructs. We arbitrarily say that the age of consent is 18 (or whatever) and then govern around that magic...
by avak
Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: the opposites thread
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: the opposites thread

Good ideas. What about the Palin resignation and the effect on the GOP?
by avak
Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The case for Obama to succeed
Replies: 18
Views: 421

Re: The case for Obama to succeed

Do you think this is due, in part anyway, to the fact that America is too prosperous for its own good? Even this 'worst economic crisis in our lifetimes' is not that scary compared to the stories of the Great Depression. The war in Iraq is essentially just on TV, etc. BTW, I agree...if we can't make...
by avak
Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: I thought Obama was putting Science back in charge?
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: I thought Obama was putting Science back in charge?

If the EPA was so good at suppressing information then why can I link directly to his comments? Also, here is a scientific response to his claims: Bubkes And finally, if you read the email correspondence it seems clear enough to me. The EPA was working on a deadline and on a specific aspect of polic...

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