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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

.. You can absolutely overdose on Cannabis… You can take more cannabis than you wanted or was intended. This is all the term OD means. Somehow in popular culture that came to mean dying from a drug overdose, which is, as you can tell, grammatically and descriptively broken.

And Cannabis causing cardiac arrest in patients with heart problems is like saying heavy boxes cause hernias. Well, yeah… but.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

Those aren’t arguments. People die from shit every day that doesn’t kill most of us. At what number of deaths will you start to take shoelaces seriously? It’s tragic for those people. It’s still not an epidemic or a reason to make laws. When it’s statistically significant, you’ll have my support for making new laws.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

…. Right, we all know that because we’re not stupid. You can OD on coffee, and several people die every year specifically from ingesting caffeine.

It was written on the package that he didn’t read. He operated a firearm under the influence of a psychoactive drug (which he soberly could’ve removed from the situation.) It is his fault. 3 instances of intoxicated deaths doesn’t warrant an epidemic, or stringent measures. The sheer number of people who purchased and ingested cannabis pills in Colorado means that we’re fine.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

I end up defending against generalizations of hip hop, but not because people are wrong about the violence and sexism, but because they’re not giving the type of music credit for where it came from. Early hip hop was incredibly introspective and self critical. They talked about violence and sexism because that’s the culture they survived in. Only when old white money got involved did caricature gangster rap become popular. There was another push towards realism and honesty in rap in the early 2000s, but commercialization and the risk/reward model for producing music changing so much squashed that movement pretty quickly. While I want to talk about the exceptions, the roots, fugees, common, I acknowledge that they hardly represent the vast majority of rap and hip hop. I have to accept the generalization because it’s rather true when we try to quantify these issues. I like the medium of rap and hip hop, and because of that I want to improve the messages and ideas delivered with that medium through introspection and discussion.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

To illustrate my point: Racism is not a typical problem in anime. Racism was a giant problem in the Tex Avery-era of American cartoons. Comic books don’t really suffer from issues of privilege because most of the authors and artists from the golden era were poor liberals. These aren’t just vague generalizations, I’m talking about actual specific problems in these mediums. Anime, by its influences and the state of Japanese culture, portrays many specific problematic issues related to sexuality. Because of Japanese culture and adherence to standardization, art styles haven’t changed much at all. It might be an opinion what things are problematic, but don’t confuse a redress of a large cultural movement with a baseless generalization to make disliking something easier. I enjoy many anime and manga. I still think the overall culture is starved for introspection and I stand by it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

3+ Edits, sorry.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Do you see how I am not at all saying that all graphic novels are problematic, but that the arbitrary distinction of anime, a subset of that selection, is? I am not saying all TV is sexist (although…), I am saying sitcoms are sexist. Sitcoms and Anime might not be entirely analogous category labels, but I don’t know what definitions you want me to use in order to make the claim I’m making.

Japanese Animation that adheres to a loosely defined expectation of flat cels, certain cartooning styles, and character/story tropes is by-and-large problematic. You can dispute the umbrella all you like, and we can talk about specific instances, but I’m still going to argue that if I go watch the last episode of the most recently released anime, I’m going to take a significant number of problems with it where if I took the last cartoon released in America, I’d take less problems away.

Adult Swim, Watchmen, Ghost in the Shell, and Miyazaki are all exceptional works that do not represent their mediums well. Your average spiderman comic, a sunday morning cartoon, and a serialized anime from a manga are the ways I’m measuring this medium. I think anime and american comics have an especially problematic need for introspection and overall growth.

I’ve been talking a lot about morals, but let’s talk art. Some people don’t even consider Miyazaki anime because of his use of western methods. There’s a certain peevish need for standardization in manga and anime, and it goes beyond the character tropes and into art direction. It’s like Tex Avery or Disney except everyone’s in different companies and have no reason to use the exact same head/hand/eye shapes. When someone pushes the boundaries of Anime/Manga, it’s almost always to good effect, but sells outside of the “genre” or whatever I’m allowed to call Anime. Consistent, reliable, trope characters and art are the norm in that medium, and it’s boring.

American comics went through a Renaissance in the 90s and early 2000s when people stopped adhering to the bizarre masculine superhero trope. Did people do it before then? Absolutely. Did the overall medium have a problem with impossible body figures ripped off from early Jack Kirby drawings. Yes, yes it did. We can make judgements about a medium as long as we couch it in appreciation for exceptional media.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Whatever word you want to use, the subsection of graphic novels represented by a specific adherence to a style called “Anime” is, in general, problematic to me. The exceptions are not prototypical pieces of this subsection.

Like sitcoms have certain unequivocally true things about them. They’re typically incredibly sexist and focus on a fantasized nuclear family structure. There are a few (name them. Name one.) that break the mold, but the genre, or whatever you want to call it, is defined by negative traits and not those exceptions.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Right? So animation is awesome, but anime itself is a genre, self defined mind you, of banality and impish sex jokes. So much so that these characters are referenced stereotypes. Comic books are a genre of graphic novels that prides itself on hyper-masculinity and power narratives. I think both are problematic and that people should be more critical of their favorite media.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

Also not true. Idiots with poor decision making skills kill people. I mean, yeah, I could be nicer about the tragic situation, but I don’t see a lot of room for remorse, especially given the vindication in the mother. Unstable douchebro gets vacation stoned and his friends ditch him in his hotel alone with the gun he needs for self protection against the boogeyman and when he kills himself his absent mother rationalizes and copes publicly. Disingenuous internet trolls repost for pleasure.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Of the works I am familiar with that have been posted, 80% of them are quality. My problem is that if you were to just pick up a random anime, the best you can hope for is boring, the worst is going to be some pretty awful shit. I can name probably 100 comic books that are some of the greatest pieces of media ever created: Comic books are still by-and-large devoid of value, are deeply problematic, and are almost all tainted by manchild syndrome.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

I don’t think my values should be legally enforced, but I have to say that a vast majority of manga/anime is anti-social, sexually dysfunctional, narcissistic, banal, and without any merit or value. It’s videogame culture obscura, where the references and in-jokes are shielded by a language barrier and further referential obscurity. You have to study to realize a great portion of Japanese media is borderline and shallow.

I enjoy many exceptions to this rule, and it could be as little as 60%, but anyone I’ve ever taken this debate to course with offers a pretty pithy showing when pressed. The best you can hope for is a boring serialized drama based on a voluminous book with a predictable through-line. The way Japanese writers make that interesting is to throw in a plot about the main paper thin and entirely clay character’s incestuous pedophilia. Or they fight a God by yelling at it. It’s a genre defined by awful tropes. Without them people don’t call it anime/manga anymore.

“Soap operas have artistic merit, that’s why they’re so famous and inspirational to so many great authors and writers and directors.”

While all media should be free, it certainly doesn’t automatically gain merit by existing and being enjoyed.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

You know who’s stupider than the kid, though? The group of people who left someone ODing on drugs alone with a gun. Mind you this douchebro brought a gun on vacation, so his friends probably think he’s a perfectly well adjusted “possessed” douchebro.

Edit: I can totally see someone getting ultra-paranoid and doing something like shooting themselves, especially on an intense dosage. To say it causes suicidal thoughts at that level is a bit of a misnomer. More like impairment of judgement and hallucination. He probably didn’t fully comprehend what he was doing. It’s unfortunate, absolutely because he took too much pot and had a gun, and it’s something most people with two brain cells to stick together would not have done.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

Calling him an idiot puts the discussion into perspective. No he’s unequivocally stupid. Cough syrup has a greater effect than cannabis does. He tried a drug he was unfamiliar with in the presence of a loaded firearm. If someone gets in a car accident and their kid dies, that’s shitty and sad. When a kid dies because someone was driving drunk, the person driving is an idiot. This kid killed himself because he’s stupid and irresponsible, not because cannabis is dangerous. The statistical insignificance of this makes this article clickbait. Nothing needs to change except the other kids in this family being told to read the labels of drugs before they take them, and to not keep firearms loaded and available to people on drugs. Maybe we need an awareness campaign?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

Idiot takes a hallucinogenic amount of cannabis while in the presence of a loaded firearm. Yeah, this is a story about weed killing people. Right. Everyone who commits suicide does it soberly and with a clear head, and anyone who doesn’t was killed by the substance they took. This kind of shit is useless and pedantic. “Virtual guarantee of suicide.” Really? Are you crow?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Gay Marriage OK from a Biblical Perspective?

Of all the things that are talked about in the bible, it’s always strange how the more specific and incredibly detailed the bible is about why a particular thing is wrong, the more likely we as a supposed “Christian” society are to actually commit that sin. The bible does not take punches about how excessive debtors are to be handled with hot pokers, and how the way they work ruins societies. On the gay side, there’s some euphemistic references to cities people don’t like that calls them a bunch of fags and god burns their villages down, and someone at some point that only ever watched domesticated animals mate who said it didn’t make sense for men to lie with other men cause it doesn’t make babies, but to say the people who wrote the bible, or especially Jesus had any real opinion about gay people is a stretch. Jesus nearly threatened to kill people who were banking and bidding on livestock inside of a synagogue.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Human Stupidity

There’s a whole group of the population who really don’t think much and just sort of do. I really don’t fault these people much for anything. Then there’s people who are thinking at all, and most of those people think they’re super smart for thinking. Then there’s people who’ve coopted their brains to just be good at things. These people are specialized. A very few people are really good at synthesizing and cross referencing all of these tools. These people often feel very ill equipped for the world and lack certain simple and basic understandings often, because they can’t specialize or do tasks without relating them to others.

On the whole, there might be sorts of bell curves in various measurable things like memory and spacial awareness, but the beautiful mosaic of variables that make up a person mean their intelligence is hardly something that can be measured in any linear way. Talent is the description of this meta phenomenon, and our perceptions about how talent is innate or grown, and how we foster our talents really depends on how successful we are. Someone with strong determination need not be very good at math, and that’s why we sometimes have highly motivated people in roles they aren’t entirely equipped for technically.

Understanding what resources you yourself have, and how they integrate together and with those around you, is in itself a strong talent that I think if you’ve got at all, you should foster. Managing your personal values and how you grow them is more important than knowing everything or thinking about all of the things in the world. Designing actions and following through with them is equally important as all of this.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Infinite power! Unlimited fun!

First two paragraphs in your post are completely betrayed by the strawman in your third paragraph. I never claimed to know what happens in the future, you and vika did. I agree with your original point about classism to a degree, but I also understand vika’s limitations to that point and believe that classism will be much to the same degree as it is today. What I disagree with is that there’s some way we can know from our perspective (or from the limitations of an interesting discussion in the thread I created and would prefer didn’t include) how to tackle those issues, or that because laws may be redefined by our discoveries that we can never make predictions that don’t include what is currently considered impossible. A claim does require some bounds in order to, by it’s nature, make a prediction.

I’m going to be frank, but I think people kind of lead people like Vika (and at times myself) down really pointless and pedantic lines of reasoning just to say what is most often assumed in specified ways of knowing. Like when people argue with theists about what is clearly their parables, forcing them to defend what needs no defending. Vika is saying that the laws of physics as we know it don’t allow for certain things. She’s not wrong. Your argument that the laws of physics may at some point be redefined is not wrong, but ostracizing Vika’s for not specifically saying that and characterizing it as “dangerous” is just instigation and reactionary. Plus it’s not even relevant to the whole classism discussion which I don’t think vika even adequately addressed.

We’re talking about the efficacy of science 500,000 years from now in a thread that I specifically requested we not do that in. Please kindly, find a different thread of your own. This thread is for discussing fun ways to use unlimited resources in scientifically realistic ways, governed by today’s technologies and known limitations.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why are you Atheist?

Why would you for a second engage that non-argument, WindStalker? These forums are so exhausting. Some people think not having a belief makes you hollow or uninteresting to talk to. Deal with it. There’s nothing to discuss there.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Infinite power! Unlimited fun!

The laws of physics didn’t change when we went faster than the speed of sound. You also tied an argument where you were right to an argument where you were wrong. Your belief that human augmentation will create a class system is an anthropological argument that you could absolutely argue and cite instances and cases where it shows human behavior would be similar. You’re right that nothing about the laws of physics predicates that. Then when Vika picked on the fact that perpetual motion machines are impossible, you argued with that instead? You’re wrong about the laws of physics ever changing and impossible things becoming possible. When an assumption we made is broken in science, we modify the model and it shows why we thought what we did before. Your point is really laborious and kind of irrelevant to the thread. Argue about the point of augmentations creating classism, not that the bounds imposed by our scientific understandings are flexible and could one day be surpassed in order to serve your classism argument. It’s not becoming or interesting to read, or worth 2 pages.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Infinite power! Unlimited fun!

Luckily this thread has to do with current knowledge.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Infinite power! Unlimited fun!

I’ve been away all weekend unexpectedly and the time I was going to devote to research for this thread was compromised. Apologies, as I won’t have until next weekend to contribute any real time. These will just be brief ideas.


I think nanotech and electric engineering are a bit too science fiction for making computing plants. I think a more realistic but still unstudied reality would be using certain known and reliable genetic traits to compute large fuzzy or abstract problems. If 2 stems grow on one side of a strawberry plant for some genetic reason, and 3 stems grow on the other side for a related but different genetic reason, can we manipulate and breed that relationship to be more complex and useful in an artificial setting? I am more interested in grown sculptures for living, and wonder if a tree could be designed to provide for a very very large number of people. I dare flirt with the idea of space faring plant ships that grow food and air for us, but I think that’s a little out of the scope of this thread.


I think a more realistic hoverboard is some kind of a rink or park where a magnetized floor could be supercooled and conducted, while uncooled magnets could be used as the boards themselves. Different areas of the park could make the boards go faster or slower, and variable power output on the board itself would allow for gaining speed and air manually.


Dyson spheres seem unnecessary considering this thread provides for unlimited power, and complete dyson spheres are hardly even necessary for potential harvesting of a sun’s energy for current human needs and beyond, but that’s besides the point of this thread. Terraforming a planet is not currently within our knowledge as a species, either.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Infinite power! Unlimited fun!

I was watching The Game Theorist episodes on the practical realism of the Bioshock series’ two unlikely cities, Rapture and Columbia when I thought of an interesting sort of forum “game” we could have here.

What would you build with infinite resources, time, and help?
Describe an invention, structure, or feat mankind could conceivably achieve with today’s technology and understanding of that technology, but is simply impractical as far as resources, time devoted, or importance goes.

The goal of these creations is intended to be interesting, and needn’t be entirely useful or important at all. Considering we’re relying on infinite resources, I urge against trying to debate the logic of devoting any time or resources to it. Being serious discussion, the major goal is to support the actual feasibility of your creation. Use links, cite them, and debate the realism of other people’s ideas using your own understanding and citations. This should be fun. Try to avoid using fantasy interpretations of quantum physics and whatnot, and stick to experiments we’re doing today.

(Don’t feed the trolls who invent things to make poor people into food or some dumb shit like that please, thanks. I don’t care what it does so much as the technological feat or new perspective that creation would give us. This isn’t a moral debate thread.)

Examples could be turning the grand canyon into a ball pit and whether there could be a reliable system for retrieving children. Or what about creating a manmade lava flow in my house, can I do that safely? Is there any kind of way we could build a ship to send someone inside of the sun and survive? Could my body withstand the forces that a bouncy ball experiences, because I really want to build a giant one with a shock-absorbing harness inside and get thrown around a giant gym, or would I not get the same intense speed as a real superball?

[P.S. I think I’ll tackle the sun one tomorrow, but in general, I just wanted to get things going with some unresearched ideas]

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Pledge of Mindfulness (Or BSG's last ditch effort)

While that’s nice of you to say, I said 3+ years ago for a reason. I was a chat moderator for 6 years, 3 of which I was quite active for. Then I spent more time here. Because I was directly involved in discussions and Phoenix was here, I was able to take more of a traditional user role. For example, I’ve absolutely had snarky posts of mine deleted that I probably knew didn’t belong here in the first place. Had I instead chose to take a more responsible route, I honestly might have been able to get a job with Kongregate, and I sort of regret that. Sort of.

Considering I’m now a bit disenfranchised with the website, specifically these forums, and I am no longer a chat moderator or in any way associated to the administration, I think it’s incredibly inappropriate for me to suggest as much, even if I wanted to. Read: I really really really don’t want that unpaid position where I have to be a public relations officer without any of the power with even more of the responsibility. Donseptico is the crazy bastard that accepted that fool’s errand. You really ought to put your faith in him and hear what his plans are instead.