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AlexReynard

Snark Bites 11

I've posted a butt-ton of these on FurAffinity, and was honestly surprised I've never done one here. Enjoy some little tidbits from my head.



*Hey Kids! Shoot Your Television, Not Your Classmates!


*In general, I'm against the government adding jailtime to behaviors which already contain their own punishment if you engage in them carelessly.


*Religion is a lie. For that reason ALONE I would fight it until my last breath.


*Making any kind of medical argument in favor of male circumcision is like arguing that all female newborns should have their breasts removed, because this way they're guaranteed not to get breast cancer. While this may technically be true, it's not hard to see the problem with it.


*To anyone who's ever replied to me with 'tl;dr':
I think you're confused as to which of us it's insulting to when you brag about your impaired attention span and/or illiteracy.


*Some christians seem to believe that evolution and atheism are somehow inextricably linked. I'd like to point out that this is about as stupid as believing there's an inextricable link between hot pastrami sandwiches and tigers.


*If steadfast belief without need of proof is a virtue, then Holocaust deniers are virtuous.


*If this world were really the wondrous place that so many people claim it to be, then why would so many people need a belief in a better afterlife just to endure this one without going insane?


*If you believe God gave us this Earth, then logically that makes it the truest source of any message he might give us. So instead of relying only on words from men and books, why not balance that with what you can observe for yourself about our world?


*I can't think of anything I hate more than someone who has no excuse for being stupid, yet is.


*If I have to be something other than myself for you to like me, then maybe I don't want you to like me.




(Also, Drakis Kier wanted me to plug this story of his, which was so good I begged him to upload it here from FA. It's hardcore consensual guro, so it ain't for everyone, but it's smart and well-written and had me fapping uncontrollably.)

(Double also, here's all my other ones:
Snark Bites, Snark Bites 2, Snark Bites 3, Snark Bites 4, Snark Bites 5
Snark Bites 6, Snark Bites 7, Snark Bites 8, Snark Bites 9, Snark Bites X)
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Added: 6 years, 6 months ago
 
justacritic
6 years, 6 months ago
Now to add my own irrelevance
*Hey Kids! Shoot Your Television, Not Your Classmates!
Yes but some people don't want to spend extra money on televisions

*In general, I'm against the government adding jailtime to behaviors which already contain their own punishment if you engage in them carelessly.
But the government loves adding insult to injury such as surprise auditing you and then raising your taxes for the government expense
*Religion is a lie. For that reason ALONE I would fight it until my last breath.
Religion is like the cake, except you can only have this cake when you die, when you have no use for it
*Making any kind of medical argument in favor of male circumcision is like arguing that all female newborns should have their breasts removed, because this way they're guaranteed not to get breast cancer. While this may technically be true, it's not hard to see the problem with it.
For that reason let's remove our hearts and brains as well so we don't have heart attacks or develop schizophrenia

*Some christians seem to believe that evolution and atheism are somehow inextricably linked. I'd like to point out that this is about as stupid as believing there's an inextricable link between hot pastrami sandwiches and tigers.
Hint: one of these is actually delicious


*If this world were really the wondrous place that so many people claim it to be, then why would so many people need a belief in a better afterlife just to endure this one without going insane?
Because people always want something more, even when they have enough then again if one doesn't have the delusion of achieving something better, why bother existing at all?

*I can't think of anything I hate more than someone who has no excuse for being stupid, yet is.
Then you would like a person who has every excuse for being stupid but isn't?

*If I have to be something other than myself for you to like me, then maybe I don't want you to like me.
*frowns* well I do like you the way you are and there are things I don't like about you but isn't that okay either way?
AlexReynard
6 years, 6 months ago
>But the government loves adding insult to injury such as surprise auditing you and then raising your taxes for the government expense

Gotta love the shit that results when different laws are made by different people who have no idea the insane sadism which will result when they both happen to citizens at once.

>Religion is like the cake, except you can only have this cake when you die, when you have no use for it

Unless ghosts eat cake.
>For that reason let's remove our hearts and brains as well so we don't have heart attacks or develop schizophrenia

You see the progression this kind of logic leads to. The hilarious/infuriating thing about dealing with pro-circumcision people is that they will make all sorts of arguments as to why it's medically necessary, yet they will never, ever justify why the procedure needs to be performed on helpless babies, instead of grown men who have the ability to consent to it. If you point that out, it's like they never heard it and will start rephrasing their original arguments.

>Hint: one of these is actually delicious

It occurs to me that since I have never actually eaten either, I have no capacity to judge which is more delicious than the other...

>Because people always want something more, even when they have enough then again if one doesn't have the delusion of achieving something better, why bother existing at all?

I wouldn't call it a delusion. Striving for a better life is what drives human progress. We've got hospitals and electric lights and safe food and internets because people in the past were fucking sick of the way things were.

>Then you would like a person who has every excuse for being stupid but isn't?

Actually, yes! In my novel Dangerous Lunatics, I have a retarded character who was taught that, because her mind is impaired, she must do her best to use every bit of it to its fullest potential. There's also Justin from Down In The Dumps, whose family is a bunch of evil racist rednecks, but he tenaciously clings to his own intelligence. Stupidity, to me, means having intelligence and choosing not to use it. Why wouldn't you want to learn more and better yourself?

>*frowns* well I do like you the way you are and there are things I don't like about you but isn't that okay either way?

There's nothing wrong with disliking certain things about your friends. Freindship is pretty much all about loving somone despite, or because of, their flaws. What I mean is like how I've been told a few times, 'Someone I know stopped watching your account because you're so angry in your journals.' Well, whoop-de-doo. If they'd cut me off completely because of one aspect of myself, and then not even TELL me about it, then how am I supposed to react? I can be several different people. I can write furious essays, insane randomness, adorable yiff and goofy comedy. I've never expected anyone to like *all* of what I do. But I do expect that if someone doesn't like it, they won't make our friendship depend on me not doing it anymore. I can't, sorry.
JunkBox
6 years, 5 months ago
" justacritic wrote:
Now to add my own irrelevance
*Hey Kids! Shoot Your Television, Not Your Classmates!
Yes but some people don't want to spend extra money on televisions

Yeah, and the new flatscreens don't shatter and explode the way the old CRTs did!
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
For that you need C4.

(Somewhere in the world, Jaime Hynemann just perked up.)
Shuyo
6 years, 6 months ago
Why...do you always post these when I'm too brain-dead from tiredness to respond correctly...

AlexReynard
6 years, 6 months ago
Then wait a little while and come back! Hakuna matata.
Shuyo
6 years, 6 months ago
Hakuna Matata? Toyota Sonata.
JunkBox
6 years, 5 months ago
Hyundai made the Sonata. Toyota did the Corolla. Then there's the legal bit, the Honda Accord... I'll have to dispatch a Ford Ranger to enforce that one.

Drive your Karma, Curb your Dogma.
Shuyo
6 years, 5 months ago
But my karma ran over my dogma.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
Did you call a tao truck?
JunkBox
6 years, 5 months ago
Okay, where the hell is the "Like" button? I gotta remember this one! Hee hee hee!
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
<bows> There's no feeling in the world like coming up with a perfect pun totally off the top of your head. ^__^
Alfador
6 years, 5 months ago
Was he chasing a stigma?
yiharbin
6 years, 6 months ago
hahaha!!!! XD
LOVE THIS
ScottyKat
6 years, 6 months ago
heh these are fun =3
Nethus
6 years, 6 months ago
I'm gonna sound stupid but, what does tl;dr mean? X3
Stumpycoon
6 years, 6 months ago
There's people who respond tl;dr meaning "too long; didn't read" and yet do so as if that's clever rather than imbecilic.
Nethus
6 years, 5 months ago
Seriously? o.o *shakes head sadly*
Stumpycoon
6 years, 5 months ago
Sadly, yes.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
Twenty lesbians; don't run.
Nethus
6 years, 5 months ago
*rolls over laughing*
Relee
6 years, 5 months ago
It usually means "Too Long; Didn't Read" Sometimes it's used as an insult or a browbeat to say 'You wrote too much and I don't have the time/inclination to read your essay'.

However on Reddit it's common for someone to end a long post with a 'tl;dr' version which is a synopsis. This lead to people who had never encountered tl;dr before thinking it meant 'The Lesson; Dear Reader' and some people thought that was so awesome they started using it to mean that.

Also sometimes people on reddit post a synopsis which is completely different from the content of the actual post, which is kind of funny.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
Oooh, I really like the idea of giving it a non-jerkass alternate meaning!

TL;DR: Pancakes.
Stumpycoon
6 years, 6 months ago
I find myself in high agreement with you.
AlexReynard
6 years, 6 months ago
Glad ya liked it. And points for helping Nethus up there. <handshake>
PrawoJazdy
6 years, 6 months ago
" *In general, I'm against the government adding jailtime to behaviors which already contain their own punishment if you engage in them carelessly.

But what about behaviors that, in addition to punishing themselves, put other people at risk?
" *If steadfast belief without need of proof is a virtue, then Holocaust deniers are virtuous.

Oho, but that doesn't count because that belief isn't in The One True God, Or Maybe That Should Be The Multiple True Gods, Because You Know, I Don't Want To Offend Anyone.
" *To anyone who's ever replied to me with 'tl;dr':
I think you're confused as to which of us it's insulting to when you brag about your impaired attention span and/or illiteracy.

Did read. Still too long, though not due to a problem with my attention span. While the editors at Merriam-Webster now say that a preposition not followed by a noun, such as the "to" after "insulting," is perfectly fine, this is a case where "to" can be cut. Then again, maybe that portion of the sentence would be better phrased "which of us it insults when you brag."
" *Some [C]hristians seem to believe that evolution and atheism are somehow inextricably linked. I'd like to point out that this is about as stupid as believing there's an inextricable link between hot pastrami sandwiches and tigers.

Not quite. A Christian might believe in evolution if they either add the caveat "God did that too" (and call it "Intellegent Design") or allow that God sat on his hands for 4 billion years.
But an atheist would have to avoid thinking about where animals come from at all. I mean, that's sort of feasible, but could they specifically deny evolution?

Oh, and it's been about ten months since your last "Answers Your Questions." Are you planning/ready to put out an open call for new questions?
AlexReynard
6 years, 6 months ago
>But what about behaviors that, in addition to punishing themselves, put other people at risk?

Well those ain't cool. I'm talking about ones where the only risk is to the individual who knows the risk and does it anyway. Things like prostitution, recreational drug use, motorcycle helmet laws. Speaking of that, recently the governor of my state repealed a law banning helmetless riding. Consequently, everyone hates him for it. And interestingly, a lot of their arguments are like, "More people are gonna die! And MY HEALTH INSURANCE RATES WILL GO UP!" You can kinda tell which one they actually care more about. Even more interestingly, there may be research that says helmets statistically do dick-all to reduce motorcycle deaths in the first place, so if that's true, forcing people to wear them would be like forcing people to only smoke filtered cigarettes.

>Oho, but that doesn't count because that belief isn't in The One True God, Or Maybe That Should Be The Multiple True Gods, Because You Know, I Don't Want To Offend Anyone.

Religious people who don't want to offend someone end up offending me. Pick a fucking side, will ya? Either live by the rules of your holy book and risk pissing off your rational friends, or go atheist and risk pissing off your religious friends.

>Did read. Still too long, though not due to a problem with my attention span. While the editors at Merriam-Webster now say that a preposition not followed by a noun, such as the "to" after "insulting," is perfectly fine, this is a case where "to" can be cut. Then again, maybe that portion of the sentence would be better phrased "which of us it insults when you brag."

Ah, you're trying to get me to reply tl;dr to that! Ha! I DID read it! I just don't understand it! :D

>Not quite. A Christian might believe in evolution if they either add the caveat "God did that too" (and call it "Intellegent Design") or allow that God sat on his hands for 4 billion years. But an atheist would have to avoid thinking about where animals come from at all. I mean, that's sort of feasible, but could they specifically deny evolution?

Point. But here I'm referring to Christians who, if you bring up atheism, will start talking about evolution, as if they're the same fucking topic. Plenty of religious people believe in evolution, so it's not like it's a purely atheist belief. Also, it's implausibly unlikely, but a handful of atheists might still believe in abiogenesis. That idea where living matter comes from non-living matter. Like maggots coming from rotten meat instead of being laid there.

BTW, Steve Harvey was once interviewed for a news show where he said The Most Ignorant Thing Anyone Has Ever Said. The interviewer mentioned atheism, and his response was essentially, 'I don't mean to offend anyone, but if you don't believe in God, you're an idiot.' He used that word specifically. Then he started going on about how there must be a creator, and if humans evolved from monkeys, then "Why we still got monkeys?" The most ignorant argument against evolution, phrased in the most ignorant way possible. He deserves a medal of some kind. Preferably an asbestos one.

>Oh, and it's been about ten months since your last "Answers Your Questions." Are you planning/ready to put out an open call for new questions?

I hadn't thought about it. I suppose I could if people care enough.
justacritic
6 years, 5 months ago
My answer to Steve Harvey would be phrased in the most condensing way possible
"Because Steve, we no descend from monkey we ancestors actually apes, there be a difference"
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
Mine would be: "They all hung around so they could get a look at you and laugh their fucking monkey asses off." Tee hee.
JunkBox
6 years, 5 months ago
" AlexReynard wrote:
...motorcycle helmet laws. ... Even more interestingly, there may be research that says helmets statistically do dick-all to reduce motorcycle deaths in the first place...

Yeah. Common Trucker/CB slang for a motorcycle is "Donorcycle."

I saw an article back around... late-1980-something, when *seat belt* laws were being enacted more widely. The title of the article was, "How The Seat Belt Laws Save Some Lives And Doom Others." Yeah, really.  What were the doomed lives the article was talking about?

People needing organ transplants. As the article explained, traffic accident victims are the healthiest dead people around. Author's words, not mine. With fewer donors to choose from, finding a blood/tissue/immunologic match is far more difficult.

(Don't mind me, I'm just going to Wiki Walk off into the midnight sun...)
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
>Yeah. Common Trucker/CB slang for a motorcycle is "Donorcycle."

Heard that before. The picture I'm getting is that riding a motorcycle is so damn dangerous just by itself that the helmet laws don't have nearly the impact people assume they will. If you care enough to want helmets mandated, you should just lobby for outlawing motorcycles.

>As the article explained, traffic accident victims are the healthiest dead people around. Author's words, not mine. With fewer donors to choose from, finding a blood/tissue/immunologic match is far more difficult.

0.0 Wowsers... I never thought of that. Though it makes sense. I can now add this to the pile of 'completely unforseen consequences resulting from seemingly good ideas.' Though from what I've gathered (and I may be wrong), seatbelts do save enough lives that at least the law makes sense. My hard-on for individual freedom prevents me from being entirely comfortable with them being mandatory. Largely because you just KNOW bored or racist cops troll around looking for seatbeltless minorities or teenagers to fuck with.

>(Don't mind me, I'm just going to Wiki Walk off into the midnight sun...)

Spent the entire night doing just that. I'm still gleefully stunned that my Bartleby Tales has a trope page. :3
PrawoJazdy
6 years, 5 months ago
Didn't catch this at first.

" Things like prostitution, recreational drug use, motorcycle helmet laws.
Is PCP recreational?
And how do you feel about just assigning penalty points for things like driving without a seat belt, to encourage good behaviors?

" Religious people who don't want to offend someone end up offending me. Pick a fucking side, will ya?
Um, I can't tell if you're offended at me, but all my capital letters were supposed to signal deliberate irony on my part. Of course advocating both sides will offend people on both sides; for one thing, someone who does that is on both other sides.
And I'm not religious, nor even "but I'm spiritual." I'm mostly atheist with some room for agnosticism; it's completely possible for an all-powerful deity to do absolutely nothing, but that means we can't gain anything by trying to give it attention.

" "Why we still got monkeys?"
Heh heh heh. Didn't catch the grammar there until I red justacritic's reply. But to seriously answer the question:
Evolution doesn't say that a species will turn into something very different, just that it can. We still have monkeys and apes because not all segments of the primate population got the same evolutionary pressures.
But I'm sure you knew that.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
>Is PCP recreational?

I don't know much about it specifically, but if some dudes want to take a bunch of it and whirl around their livingroom for a few hours, that's fine with me. My feelings are that all drugs should be legal, up to the point where you're being a dick to other people while on them.

>And how do you feel about just assigning penalty points for things like driving without a seat belt, to encourage good behaviors?

We tend to look at just about any problem and our first soulution is, 'punish it until it goes away'. I think i've seen enough proof by now that that idea rarely works. Positive reinforcement seems to work a lot better. Make people want to choose the smart idea. If someone wants to drive with their seatbelt off, let 'em. But give belted drivers auto insurance discounts, or something. (On the other hand, I do think that parents should have to wear a belt if they're driving with their kids. I support people being able to endanger themselves and thus learn from the mistakes they make. I don't support risking someone who has no choice but to go along with you.)

>Um, I can't tell if you're offended at me,

Nah, I just went off on a bit of a rant. I totally agree with you. <hug>

>And I'm not religious, nor even "but I'm spiritual." I'm mostly atheist with some room for agnosticism; it's completely possible for an all-powerful deity to do absolutely nothing, but that means we can't gain anything by trying to give it attention.

Very well said!

I always wonder why we assume a God though, instead of, like, an afterlife staffed by lots and lots of people (of some sort). I guess it's simpler to assume a single entity.

>Evolution doesn't say that a species will turn into something very different, just that it can. We still have monkeys and apes because not all segments of the primate population got the same evolutionary pressures.

Bingo. I sometimes feel like I'm one of the few people who actually understand how evolution works. It's all about environment. When a species moves to a new environment, it's pretty much like pouring a liquid into a container: the liquid will assume the shape of the container. You could even pour liquid from one pitcher into two differently-shaped glasses, and get two differently shaped liquids. It has nothing to do with 'best' or 'worst' or 'good' or 'bad'; it's all about a population adapting to fit their surroundings.
FoxxieKun
6 years, 5 months ago
Actually, in many situations having a hardened piece of material covering your head/face means that there's much more chance of at least not being killed instantly. My late uncle actually survived quite a few potentially deadly tumbles off his bike with a wrecked helmet and some road rash. Without the helmet his skull would have looked less like a skull and more like a mess of fragments caved into a bowl.

Better to chance it on being more safe rather than end up faceplanting on a curb with nothing but your teeth between your jaw and the concrete, in my opinion.

And honestly, Religions advocate for the institutions of slavery, rape, sexism, racism, incest, and general asshattery.

Seriously, people of faith tend to prefer to cherry-pick what verses they take to heart and look like hypocrites, rather than stick with the values from the Old/New testament in entirety...

Those who wish to quote Leviticus should be tried for working a Sunday job, marrying while not a virgin if a woman, having babies out of wedlock if a woman, and any other old testament exclusive "Punishable by stoning to death" "crimes". And of course, we know EVERY single person in the world has in their adult life worked a sunday job at some point in their life, so we'd have free reign to execute them on their inability to abide their own god's law.

I detest many theists, especially "Pay-2-Pray" political theists who abuse people's faiths to get votes and/or money and/or influence/power, and doubly so for theist political lobbying companies. Theist lobbyists have done major damage to the long-term health and wellness not only of sexual minorities in our society, but also heterosexual teens and young adults who aren't being taught how to get access to or properly use birth control and condoms.

Whether they're trying to enforce "Hetero Only" and "Queers Only" establishments of unions, or denying our youth the knowledge to stay safe in the bedroom, they've done no good and much evil for our society...
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
>Actually, in many situations having a hardened piece of material covering your head/face means that there's much more chance of at least not being killed instantly.

Oh, I'm sure of that. What I meant was, the overall picture I'm getting is that, statistically, helmets don't make as big a difference as people assume they do. A helmet's not going to do shit to protect your ribcage, for instance. Or your legs, arms, ass or neck, for that matter. Motorcycle riding is inherently risky. People who get all heated up about helmet laws seem to be arguing over reducing a relatively small amount of that total risk.

But none of this is surprising, because the average person sucks at comprehending probability, and the news always loves reporting on danger while never clarifying how likely or unlikely that danger actually is. :/

>Without the helmet his skull would have looked less like a skull and more like a mess of fragments caved into a bowl.

Salsa and chips!

Okay, I apologize for that joke. <goes to sit in the corner all day>

>Better to chance it on being more safe rather than end up faceplanting on a curb with nothing but your teeth between your jaw and the concrete, in my opinion.

Oh, certainly. Helmets are obviously the smarter choice. I'm just not comfortable with the idea that the police should be enforcing that choice. I don't have much faith in cops.

>Those who wish to quote Leviticus should be tried for working a Sunday job, marrying while not a virgin if a woman, having babies out of wedlock if a woman, and any other old testament exclusive "Punishable by stoning to death" "crimes". And of course, we know EVERY single person in the world has in their adult life worked a sunday job at some point in their life, so we'd have free reign to execute them on their inability to abide their own god's law.

Yep. Someone even pointed out to the Phelps clan that they were sinners themselves because they'd bred out of wedlock. If I remember correctly, their response was basically, 'I guess we'll go to Hell too'. Which is at least consistent.

>Whether they're trying to enforce "Hetero Only" and "Queers Only" establishments of unions, or denying our youth the knowledge to stay safe in the bedroom, they've done no good and much evil for our society...

YES. FUCK THESE PEOPLE WITH RAKES. I can have a tiny bit of respect for a true believer. But people who use religion, knowing it's a scam, deserve to be herded into the ocean en masse.
FoxxieKun
6 years, 5 months ago
Also, we didn't directly descend from monkeys, as I'm sure you know. The common link branched off between what eventually became modern Homo Sapiens, and the various Lesser and Greater Apes. Just because there's a common link doesn't mean that certain forms of environment didn't allow for the apes and etc. to survive as well as the Neanderthal or other very early generations of what inevitably adapted into Homo Sapiens. The strongest survive to pass on their genes, while those who cannot adapt will die.

That's why Africans have very dark skin. Hot and humid environment with little cloud cover and only spotty areas of canopy meant sunburns were a common and very fatal malady for those whose skin didn't adapt to be darker.

Similarly, many areas of Europe are more moderate, with much cooler winters, more rain and cloud cover, meaning clothing of hides was more beneficial, meaning less need for dark skin.

Similarly, Native Americans and Southern Americans typically have darker skin due to any combination of factors from high heat and humidity, little overhead cover, or other factors.

Historically speaking, all variations of human skin pigment and bone structure can be traced to certain environmental needs of their continent or region of origin. Many areas in Asia, for example, feature heavy brush and such, generally meaning smaller frames tended to lend themselves better to hunting and mobility than larger, bulkier bodies.

I don't know for certain, but these are some inferences I can deduce from the practicality of certain body types and skin tones in these regions.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
>Also, we didn't directly descend from monkeys, as I'm sure you know.

Right. We descended from Xenu.

<trollface>

>Just because there's a common link doesn't mean that certain forms of environment didn't allow for the apes and etc. to survive as well as the Neanderthal or other very early generations of what inevitably adapted into Homo Sapiens.

Naturally. In one environment, it was best for one group of primates to keep living in trees, and in another it was better for them to start getting intelligent.

Ever heard of the aquatic ape theory? Look it up sometime. It's roundly condemned now, but it sounds plausible as heck to me, and it seems like it could very likely end up in textbooks in forty years or so.

>I don't know for certain, but these are some inferences I can deduce from the practicality of certain body types and skin tones in these regions.

Absolutely. I do this too; look at a person, or an animal, and try to guess from how they look what in their environment might've shaped them that way.

Sometimes it's random though; genes for one desirable trait will be in the same area as genes for something else which has no bearing on survival at all, so you'll get the occasional odd characterists which only exists because nothing's making it go away. I heard about this from a story about how scientists had been trying to breed pet foxes for a long time, but whenever they got them tame enough, they didn't look like foxes anymore. Eventually they realized that the docility gene was on the same path as fur color. So they kept getting white, spotty foxes.
FoxxieKun
6 years, 5 months ago
Exactly, and no matter HOW intelligent someone is, there's nothing I can see as to why Platypus work how they do. Duck bill, beaver tail, furred body, lays eggs, and males have (Allegedly) poisonous spikes jutting out of their hind legs. How that combo helped it survive so well, I don't know, and why that combo could arise in the first place eludes me...

At the very least, people choosing not to wear helmets who get their skull splattered tend to be the kind of arrogant "I'm invincible so fuck you" jackasses who hurt more than just themselves in a wreck, while people who choose to wear helmets tend to be proactive and much more careful drivers in the first place. Not universal, but one can infer from the impulsive nature generally held by anti-helmet-ers, and the level of concern for their own well-being held by helmet wearers, that it may be accurate.

I prefer to believe that any "Creator" figure would prefer we live lives of generally upright morality devoid of piety, rather than a life of great piety with a skewed sense of morality.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
>How that combo helped it survive so well, I don't know, and why that combo could arise in the first place eludes me...

And yet, if you could see the progression of the species, see what its environment is like and what predators attack them, everything'd probably make a hell of a lot of sense. Evolution's usually easy as hell to understand if you have context. And it's also good to keep in mind that it all starts with random mutations. Like I said, if some weird-ass change happens to a species, and it doesn't get them killed off any easier, chances are it'll stick around.

>Not universal, but one can infer from the impulsive nature generally held by anti-helmet-ers, and the level of concern for their own well-being held by helmet wearers, that it may be accurate.

I dunno myself, since I don't know any motorcyclists. I'm just in favor of letting natural selection do its job without cops interfering. Someone who rides helmetless and is a careful driver to compensate, that's fine. Someone who rides without a helmet or common sense; we should just stand back and let them smear themselves across the pavement.

>I prefer to believe that any "Creator" figure would prefer we live lives of generally upright morality devoid of piety, rather than a life of great piety with a skewed sense of morality.

There seem to be Bible verses that both agree with and contradict that, bizarrely.
Rakaziel
6 years, 5 months ago
Another example would be the native South Americans that live high in the Andes. Their noses are specifically evolved to better warm and humidify the air they breathe in.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
I didn't know that! Also, black people have brown skin because they evolved to hide from predators in chocolate factories.
Rakaziel
6 years, 5 months ago
xD I am serious, I read it in a documentation some years ago.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
Oh, I believe you! I was just being goofy because I couldn't think of anything intelligent to respond with. :)
Bachri
6 years, 5 months ago
I constantly find myself wondering: Why the hell is everyone around me so stupid.

Then I realize I'm in a fun-house mirror room.

:/
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
<chortle> Nice one.
Manafox
6 years, 5 months ago
I like these quite a bit. You should post more of them here in the future. :3

Also, male circumcision - I weep for the mutilated. :c The foreskin is there for a reason.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
>I like these quite a bit. You should post more of them here in the future. :3

Gracias. I've got plenty more head-nuggets in storage. Did ya read the older ones?

>Also, male circumcision - I weep for the mutilated. :c The foreskin is there for a reason.

<nod> Circumcision is a perfect example of how fiercely people will protect an idea simply because they were raised to believe that it's normal. Resistance to anti-circ arguments is purely irrational. Tradition-based morality is some creepy, evil  shit.
LandonFox
6 years, 5 months ago
*In general, I'm against the government adding jailtime to behaviors which already contain their own punishment if you engage in them carelessly.

Hmm, it might be a good idea to make an exception for certain age groups.  I wouldn't do it with jail-time though.  Maybe some kinda of D.A.R.E. program?

I'm one of those people who wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for my helmet.  Granted, this was a foot-powered bike and not a motor cycle.  

*If steadfast belief without need of proof is a virtue, then Holocaust deniers are virtuous.

Consider circumstance.  There are a lot of inventions that took a lot of steadfast belief without proof or social support.  Consider the light bulb.  That one took 10,000 tries.  Or as Mr. Edison put it, "I just found 9999 solutions that didn't work."  That's a lot of steadfast belief.

*If this world were really the wondrous place that so many people claim it to be, then why would so many people need a belief in a better afterlife just to endure this one without going insane?

Yes.

Sad thing is that should the afterlife exist, those people may still not get the happy place they want.  See, when you consider most of the definition of happy place that they have, it's all stuff we could do here and now with the technology we have now.  Things like:  Ending hunger, not having to work, no war, no disease, etc.  The thing is that we can't do this because people REJECT these things.  People rail against ending hunger and work because then some undeserving person would be getting a free lunch, and that is morally unacceptable.  As for war, these are often fought for resources.  But there are people who consider wasting resources to be a mark of honor.  See the idiot who drives a hummer.  And as for no disease, we've got the vaccine nuts.

Until you fix THAT, you could hand those people paradise and they would turn it into hell.

*If you believe God gave us this Earth, then logically that makes it the truest source of any message he might give us. So instead of relying only on words from men and books, why not balance that with what you can observe for yourself about our world?

Yes.
AlexReynard
6 years, 5 months ago
>Hmm, it might be a good idea to make an exception for certain age groups.  I wouldn't do it with jail-time though.  Maybe some kinda of D.A.R.E. program?

That assumes that DARE works, which it doesn't.

I do get where you're coming from. Might not be good to let twelve year olds drink and commit suicide on a whim. I'm not a fan of age of consent laws either, since it's ridiculous to think that everyone matures at the exact same magical number.

My idea is that we keep the age laws, but provide opt-outs. If you take a test and prove you're mature enough to handle whatever it is you're trying to do, you get an exception. Like, you could take a driving test at any age, but you'd have to score in a specific upper percentile if you're underage. If you wanna fuck, you have to take a test involving knowledge of birth control, STDs and general emotional maturity. Not sure how this would apply to drugs though. There's likely medical reasons why doing certain substances at a young age could fuck up development. Maybe just make everything legal at eighteen. <shrug>

>I'm one of those people who wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for my helmet.  Granted, this was a foot-powered bike and not a motor cycle.  

I'm definitely not saying that helmets aren't a good idea. They certainly are. But for the same reason I don't want the government to force me to wear water wings when I swim, I'm against helmet laws. The choice of whether or not to do the smart thing should be up to the individual.

>Consider circumstance.  There are a lot of inventions that took a lot of steadfast belief without proof or social support.  Consider the light bulb.  That one took 10,000 tries.  Or as Mr. Edison put it, "I just found 9999 solutions that didn't work."  That's a lot of steadfast belief.

I'd say the difference comes down to why you hold a belief like that. Is it to justify your personal beliefs because you can't admit to being wrong? Or because you genuinely think you're on to something and want to see the truth come to light? There's a difference between testing a hypothesis towards a conclusion, and starting at a conclusion and staying there.

>Things like:  Ending hunger, not having to work, no war, no disease, etc.  The thing is that we can't do this because people REJECT these things.

Reminds me of that line from The Matrix...

There's also the excruciatingly annoying tendency of people to think, 'We'll never solve all these problems we have. <sigh> I wish the world would just put an end to all this mess.' Christ, how lazy. I hate that attitude. Quality of life has been steadily improving for centuries now, but because everything's not perfect yet, a lot of people want to just give up. I seethe every time I see another sci-fi movie where the 'happy' ending is the complete destruction of a status quo, instead of a thoughtful solution which removes the bad but keeps the good. (Surrogates... Aeon fucking Flux... <seethe>)

BTW, I want even more from my afterlife. I want to change myself with a thought. I want my mind to function perfectly. I want to never worry about pain or permanence ever again. I want to fly. I want to make anything I can imagine into reality, and most importantly, I want this for everyone else too.

>Until you fix THAT, you could hand those people paradise and they would turn it into hell.

Reminds me of a story idea I had once, where a person gains omnipotence and decides to save the world. Part of his overall plan is to put most people into orbit inside little indestructible spheres. Inside them, they would dream a world where they would get everything their heart desires. And all the natural outcomes of that, so it'd be a heaven or hell wholly dependent upon the person themselves.
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