Recent posts by Rothycat on Kongregate

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Topic: GemCraft Labyrinth / How to save this game?? (if clear browser history all lost??)

Same thing happened to me. Bought the premium, never did anything to my browser, and…poof.

If you’re going to make a game that literally takes dozens of hours to beat, at the very least make it so we can backup our data! I want my money back! Yeah yeah it’s just five bucks, but what’s the point of even bothering to play this game if my data’s just gonna go poof before I can beat it again?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What people here think about illegal immigrant?

Of course there’s a legal pathway for them to take. What makes you say that they do not? What would possibly disqualify them from starting the immigration process legally?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Your opinions of Abortion

So does a lobster, sir. So does a cow; rather, one could argue that a cow can understand and process the pain he feels when being shot in the head and having his neck sliced open while still alive, certainly better than a fetus can as the cow is mentally mature. No one seems to be raising holy hell over that.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is blood taxation moral?

Besides, in about five years or so, donating blood could be completely unnecessary anyway.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Your opinions of Abortion

It is not sentient, sir. Even with a heartbeat, a fetus is not self-aware until late in the pregnancy. Sentience means they can think, feel, and process information in a state of self-awareness. What we are talking is an organism that has no more wit than a common housefly. I do agree that late-term abortions should not be performed unless absolutely necessary, but please understand that 1) Any doctor worth their salt will not offer a LTA simply because the mother does not want it (she’s had plenty of time to think it over), and 2) A lot of U.S. politicians are fighting to outlaw it outright, even if it means the death of the mother (and consequently, the death of the baby as well).

Also, your views of late-term abortions are grossly inaccurate, and you yourself state that you get your “information” from anti-abortion websites. In late-term, the doctor goes in and will sedate the child through the amniotic sac; usually in the soft spot of their head. The birth is completed and the fetus is put to sleep, painlessly and quickly. I get my information from my cousin, an OB-GYN who has had to be trained in late-term abortions in the extremely (and hopefully) unlikely case that she would need to supervise one to save a woman’s life.

In the most EXTREME of cases, the fetus is put to sleep while inside the mother, again through the amniotic sac, and must be dismembered in the womb. This is an incredibly rare occurrence and usually is only done in a case such as a fallopial pregnancy where there is no other choice to remove the fetus without causing severe damage to the mother. But I state again, either way, the fetus is humanely and painlessly euthanized before anything is done to remove it from the mother.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Your opinions of Abortion

This topic has been in so many circles, it runs me right round. Right round, baby.

The license idea has merit. So does forced sterilization of violent rapists, pedophiles, and multiple offense child abusers, both male and female. But the issue is who will pay for it? the government? Taxpayers? Ha!

I also am in the ballpark that it seems ludicrous to give a formless, mindless, lifeless ball of cells more rights than a fully realized, sentient, pain-feeling, decision-making female. I also firmly believe that males, the ones who do not carry the fetus to term, should have limited, if any, control over abortion rights. PARENTAL rights is entirely different; but abortion rights, aka in the men of congress who constantly bring anti-abortion bills to the floor, heck no. They should have no say in it whatsoever.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is blood taxation moral?

The trouble with making it mandatory is, plenty of people would lie on their screenings, either knowingly or unknowingly. Some forms of lethal diseases don’t test right away, such as Hep C and HIV. Granted, this could happen even for voluntary donors, but if made mandatory the percentage of tainted blood would inevitably rise. Aru, imagine that same baby you speak of doomed to a tragically short life because they were given HIV-positive blood that was tested before the virus had enough of a foothold to come back positive.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / How to end the scourge of illegal immigrants in a MONTH

I feel that everyone is mentioning a symptom, but I think it’s a multi-faceted issue that requires a lot more than just drug decriminalization or sanctioning companies. Doon made a good point that politicians don’t want to see an end to cheap labor, especially Democrats, as they have a large Hispanic voter base (and I am speaking as a liberal myself).

It makes sense to want to keep our money circulating within our borders, but the inevitable explosion of high prices on food, electronics, clothing, etc. would be another beast to contend with. The issue is that the U.S. has ingrained itself so deeply in cheap production that it seems we wouldn’t know how to function without it. It’s the same as trying to fix a hole in a dam with a cork, then uncorking the leak while waiting around for the cement truck to come in and fix it for good. The transition period would be horrible and inflation would probably cancel out any benefit. Then there are American labor unions, etc. that need to be taken into consideration. Companies would likely go bankrupt from the sudden halt of cheap production and loss of consumer interest due to higher prices.

I do think that legalization of drugs is an amazing first step to helping our Southern neighbors get a grip on their own troubles. Our government stops making it taboo, starts regulating and taxing it; hell, even Big Pharm can get in on the action and make billions, eliminating their fear of losing profits to “natural” medicines such as marijuana. They can purify morphine, they can sure as heck grow some sweet bud.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Ultimate Kongregate Photo Topic

Has it really been this long…?

Oh, well…here’s my baybeh and I on my birthday dinner date. :3 I’m wearing a strapless cocktail dress…with an unfortunate camera angle.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 'Naked' X-ray Machine.

Originally posted by VultureKing:

BRILLIANT! How did you find that?
If you think that’s an invasion of privacy you’re an idiot.
a total solution.

I’d be okay with that. Shame they didn’t just think to do this from the start. ;p

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Lion Tacos: A study in Speciesism

Originally posted by beauval:

If your local fishmonger sells them live, put it in the freezer overnight to kill it “gently”. Remember to put it in a plastic bag first.

I vaguely remember someone mentioning that to me years ago, thanks for the tip. :3 Two questions though, wouldn’t that damage the meat, and if they CAN feel pain (which I’m still skeptical about), wouldn’t freezing them cause the same discomfort, just in a slower, drawn-out way?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Lion Tacos: A study in Speciesism

Hehe. Indeed, quite tasty. And because they’re bugs I don’t have qualms killing them. However some people think it’s barbaric how we basically cook them alive, which…I think is a valid point, but because they are considered to be so “lowly” and simple enough that they apparently can’t sense pain, although the jury’s still out on that one. I don’t know what to think of that study really, or if it definitively proves that they feel pain or not. I’m skeptical, but anyone who’s ever boiled a lobster at home can tell you it’s at the very least somewhat unsettling to hear them “scream”. Even though it’s just air escaping from their shell, it certainly doesn’t whet the appetite to hear it. ;p

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Lion Tacos: A study in Speciesism

Originally posted by vikaTae:

Lobster’s not that special anyway Rothy. The claw meat is about the best part, and its not worth killing a lobster just for the claws. Overall, its a bit like a sweet prawn.

I only bring it up because lobsters and crabs are arthropods…basically. bugs. :3

And the claw thing is silly, lobsters have tails, and crabs have 6 other delicious legs!

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Lion Tacos: A study in Speciesism

So I assume you wouldn’t touch crab or lobster either, Dark?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Lion Tacos: A study in Speciesism

Fuzz, I’d agree with the last paragraph you made, but in this instance since these lions are being used for food, I highly doubt they’re well-bred. I’m guessing they’re inbred, weak and not genetically diverse at all so if worse comes to worst these are not animals that would be remotely suitable for release in the wild.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Lion Tacos: A study in Speciesism

Oh, dear…how’d it make you feel to witness that? I have to admit, begrudgingly, as much as it pains me knowing how much our food animals suffer on cattle and pig farms, our practices are tame compared to many other nations.

I used to help my grandmother round up her chickens for slaughter on her farm as a little girl. It’s easy to write it off since chickens aren’t as smart as, say, cats, but once again intelligence alone can’t necessarily be the only measure of how we treat an animal. With chickens, their heads were cut off pretty darn quickly, and I don’t think they could understand what was happening until it happened. I think with cats though, they have a good bead that something very, very bad is about to happen to them. Maybe that’s part of why I feel so upset by it. I’d much rather get shot in the back of the head, completely oblivious, than to be held down, shown a knife, and slowly be killed by it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / comics, art form or not

I don’t think they used to be considered “art” until the art deco movement and Roy Lichtenstein burst onto the scene. But even in modern comics, you find a lot of artistic value and some very avant-garde drawing styles that I find to be very “artsy”. Perfect examples of this can be found in the works of Paul Pope, James Jean and Ashley Wood.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Lion Tacos: A study in Speciesism

I understand survival, but killing off an endangered species for the sake of “luxury” or for greed, to me, is inexcusable. Saying that humans come before animals is another Speciesist comment. Frankly, I do not believe that all humans are automatically superior to all other animals for reasons explained in my OP. That is my belief, and I abide by it, but I do not try to force others to abide by it, either.

Slip, you mention that seeing them killed and cooked was unpleasant, if it’s okay to ask, how was this done?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Universe

Originally posted by beauval:

Some of the multiverse theories postulate a true infinity out there somewhere, which would mean an infinity of Rothys. That’s going to be a hell of a catfight. Count me in as a spectator.

On that same note, I can definitely see all the Beauvals getting together and forming the world’s most epic soccer team, or something.

Or would we not be able to interact with one another due to some weird antimatter reaction? That’d sure be awkward.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Lion Tacos: A study in Speciesism

Originally posted by beauval:

Rothy, there’s nothing hypocritical about intellectualising your choice of menu. Thinking about things is what humans do. But deep down in your genes you are a predator. We all are, and there’s nothing we can do about that. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.

I dunno, you’re right and I shouldn’t beat on myself for this, it’s just that part of me likes to think that we’ve evolved past the point of just being animals and can make a choice to rise above these instincts. :/ I get really sad knowing that there are people out there hunting Tigers to extinction just to eat their eyes and gallbladders because they think it gives them some kind of sexual power, and care nothing for the animal itself or that it will be wiped off the face of the earth forever if they keep doing it. It’d be nice if everyone shared the same sentiment that I do, but obviously that’s a bit silly to expect that out of all 7 billion of us.

Bottom line is, I still like kitties. :)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / When if ever is it ok to hit a girl?

Originally posted by Sciamancer:

Both men had the right to defend themselves. That the first did not, knowing that she was not a real threat, is admirable, but the second did nothing wrong. It is okay to hit a female in the same circumstances it is okay to hit a male. Feminists want equality; you can’t have equality and chivalry.

I don’t demand or expect chivalry, but I love when a man will act chivalrous towards me. Then again I have never, nor will I ever, strike anyone, man or woman. I show respect to others and hope for the same in return.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Vegetarians

Originally posted by Flypurplehamster:

Plants don’t feel sensations like animals do=/=plants don’t feel pain

Well, we don’t know that for sure. They certainly react to stimuli, and maybe they don’t outwardly show signs that we can recognize, but maybe they do feel pain in their own way. Maybe “pain” is a bad word, since they don’t have nerve endings. I don’t think. “Suffering” is a much better word to use in this instance.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Universe

Originally posted by nomogoodnames:

I love the multiverse theory. It makes me hope I can meet my clone one day. :3

Ugh, not me. I think we’d wind up in a fist fight.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Lion Tacos: A study in Speciesism

No need to berate yourself over it Nomo, most of us are. In my OP I even stated I was mostly angry about the lion tacos thing because I adore cats. And yet I myself don’t get as enraged over the horrible treatment of animals I don’t have a particular liking for. For example, I kill spiders. I’ve let my cats catch mice, beetles, anything in my house that’s not supposed to be there. I’m a hypocrite, as we all are. I just like to think about and discuss why we’re all Speciesist in this way. We love dogs, yet they eat them in some countries and we find it deplorable. In India they revere cows and they think our hamburgers and steaks are deplorable. There’s no middle ground.

Also I fail at being a gamer nerd for this, but what’s LBP?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Universe

My favorite origin theory is the “Multiverse”; how our universe budded off from a larger one, which we have in turn have spawned smaller ones, etc. like this:

My favorite part about discussing universe origin theories is, really, we have no idea. We have inklings, but something so vast is truly beyond the scope of our brains to comprehend. It’s a wonderful thing to brainstorm and think on for the sake of having fun thinking about it.