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1  Other / Politics & Society / Defending the Non-aggression Principle on: July 04, 2012, 06:55:43 PM
There are two arguments for the non-aggression principle:

1. Violating the NAP has bad consequences.

2. Violating the NAP is immoral.

Since I'm not a consequentialist, I don't find the consequentialist argument convincing one way or the other.

As for the argument from morality, all moral claims are opinions. They are preferences, nothing more. You can't say my opinion is wrong any more than I can say yours is wrong. That's because opinions aren't the kinds of things that can be right or wrong. That being said, I reject any opinion that violating the NAP is moral, outside of immediate life threatening situations when your actions don't threaten the life of another person and you also compensate the victim. If you are literally about to starve to death, steal some bread but be prepared to work it off. I doubt you'll have to steal though because I'll be glad to give you some of my bread. However, if you are dying because of liver failure, don't take my liver.

If you reject my opinion like I reject the opinions of those that wish to violate the NAP, we have irreconcilable differences. We can either try to coexist peacefully or we can go to war. There's nothing more to it than that.

NOTE: Any posts that are not a direct reply to this argument and attempt a direct refutation of it will be deleted.
2  Other / Politics & Society / ... on: July 04, 2012, 07:44:51 AM
There are two arguments for the non-aggression principle:

1. Violating the NAP has bad consequences.

2. Violating the NAP is immoral.

Since I'm not a consequentialist, I don't find the consequentialist argument convincing one way or the other.

As for the argument from morality, all moral claims are opinions. They are preferences, nothing more. You can't say my opinion is wrong any more than I can say yours is wrong. That's because opinions aren't the kinds of things that can be right or wrong. That being said, I reject any opinion that violating the NAP is moral, outside of immediate life threatening situations when your actions don't threaten the life of another person and you also compensate the victim. If you are literally about to starve to death, steal some bread but be prepared to work it off. I doubt you'll have to steal though because I'll be glad to give you some of my bread. However, if you are dying because of liver failure, don't take my liver.

If you reject my opinion like I reject the opinions of those that wish to violate the NAP, we have irreconcilable differences. We can either try to coexist peacefully or we can go to war. There's nothing more to it than that.
3  Other / Politics & Society / Stolen Valor Act Struck Down as Unconstitutional on: July 01, 2012, 01:09:27 PM
As a veteran of the American Civil War, I am outraged by this!
4  Bitcoin / Project Development / Make Bitcoin a Commodity / Bitcoin CAPTCHA Replacement on: July 01, 2012, 07:22:02 AM
Bitcoin is a revolutionary digital cryptocurrency. It has all the properties of a good currency. It is scarce, divisible, portable and durable. However, a common criticism is that it is not a commodity as it does not satisfy any direct desires. However, because Bitcoin is a proof-of-work system, it is possible to turn BTC into a commodity by using it as replacement for visual and audio CAPTCHA's.

Read More and Donate @ IndieGoGo

I'm not sure how many people are interested this. The goal is flexible so whatever is raised will be put towards at least obtaining a domain and working on development. I'm a certified PHP developer (proof), so I will be able to handle the development by myself if funding the project doesn't pan out but I'd like to be able to hire some other developers to make things less stressful and speed things up.
5  Other / Politics & Society / Funny Jon Stewart Quote on: November 02, 2011, 11:56:01 PM
"Without the government there are no labor unions, because they would be smashed by Pinkerton agencies or people hired, or even sometimes the government." -Jon Stewart

Source: http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/thu-october-27-2011-andrew-napolitano @ the 25 minute mark
6  Other / Politics & Society / 9-9-9 on: October 26, 2011, 03:07:14 AM
So, I pay 9% of $300,000+ a year and you pay 9% of whatever McDonald's is paying these days?
7  Other / Off-topic / Facts vs opinions on: October 16, 2011, 02:51:53 PM
It is also a sign that he is nearly always wrong with his views...

Opinions aren't the kinds of things that can be right or wrong.
8  Economy / Goods / BUYING STEAM GAMES, NAME YOUR PRICE! on: October 09, 2011, 11:05:02 PM
I want to buy F.3.A.R, RAGE and Dead Island. Name your prices in BTC and lowest ones win!
9  Other / Politics & Society / OBAMA PAY YOUR &*%$#% BILLS on: October 08, 2011, 12:18:15 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRmZ9zH-mYM
10  Other / Off-topic / If Toys"R"Us sells toys... on: September 14, 2011, 03:15:50 AM
...what does Babies"R"Us sell?
11  Other / Politics & Society / Happy Paranoia Day! on: September 12, 2011, 06:40:37 AM
Here's one story...

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Police temporarily detained and questioned three passengers at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport after the crew of a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver reported suspicious activity on board, and NORAD sent two F-16 jets to shadow the flight until it landed safely, airline and federal officials said.

The crew had reported that two people were spending "an extraordinarily long time" in a bathroom," Frontier spokesman Peter Kowalchuck said.

The three passengers, who were taken off the plane in handcuffs, were released Sunday night, and no charges were filed against them, airport spokesman Scott Wintner said. FBI Detroit spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said authorities determined there was no real threat.

Here's another story...

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The man was stopped about 9:30 a.m. at the Southwest Airlines checkpoint at Kansas City International Airport. Transportation security agents who detected suspicious items in his bag asked to examine them, and he was detained when he refused, airline and law enforcement officials said.

The suspicious items tested negative for explosive materials, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration. A bomb squad and bomb-sniffing dogs remained on the scene Sunday afternoon, and passengers were being rescreened.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton declined to say what the man was carrying, but she said the bomb squad used a high-pressure water force to disrupt the package, allowing for evidence to be preserved.

May I examine your items? No? Alright then, I'll just detain you and blast them open with a water hose. Have a nice day, citizen.

Taking a dump on an airplane? Here's your handcuffs. Have a nice day, citizen.

God bless America. Land of the sheep. Home of the slave.
12  Economy / Goods / [BUY] Sims 3 Stuff Packs, Expansion Packs & SimPoints on: September 09, 2011, 05:15:27 PM
Stuff Packs:

Fast Lane
Outdoor Living
Town Life


Expansion Packs:

Late Night
Generations
Pets (not out yet)


SimPoints (for online store)

Thanks!
13  Other / Off-topic / nanaimogold's opinion on homosexuality on: September 05, 2011, 07:29:15 PM
You perverts...

Are you asserting that all homosexuals are perverts?

If you need definitions, try dictionaries.

I've asked you several times now but you keep avoiding the question. I'm going to ask again more openly so it's harder for you to ignore. The longer you refuse to answer the question, the more people notice and the more obvious it becomes what your answer is.
14  Other / Politics & Society / The Universal Declaration of Human Rights on: August 31, 2011, 02:05:53 AM
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Article 4.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

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Article 25.

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

What do you call being forced to provide a standard of living adequate for blah, blah, blah? Slavery. Servitude.

While were at it though, I'd like to declare that cable TV (with HBO) and free beer are also rights. ME, ME, ME!!! MINE, MINE, MINE!!! WAHHHH!!!
15  Other / Politics & Society / Attack the argument, not the man. on: August 30, 2011, 04:25:34 PM
I've given out my fair share of insults, only to people that insulted me first, but that changes now. From this point on, anyone attacking me personally will be put on ignore until an apology is received along with a promise to stop that kind of behavior. Anyone that doesn't want to do that, isn't worth talking to anyways. We all have different opinions. That's fine. We can discuss it politely or we can insult each other. I won't be engaging people that choose the latter anymore. I see no big loss in not talking to you if you can't act politely. I'm sure you'll come up with all kinds of reasons why I just want to ignore your "genius" but you'll never know since you refuse to behave yourself.

Current Ignore List:

AyeYo
FirstAscent
jgraham
16  Other / Off-topic / God Doesn't Exist on: August 29, 2011, 10:57:55 PM
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/10063482/teen-calls-mum-as-bears-eat-her/

Olga's distraught mother Tatiana listened on a mobile phone as her teenage screamed: "Mum, the bear is eating me! Mum, itís such agony. Mum, help."

"Mum, the bears are back. She came back and brought her three babies. Theyíre... eating me.

"Mum, itís not hurting any more. I donít feel the pain. Forgive me for everything, I love you so much."

There is no God.
17  Other / Politics & Society / Legitimate Threats, Legitimate Demands on: August 25, 2011, 12:07:16 AM
Here are the conditions for legitimate threats.

  • If I have the right to do X then it is legitimate for me to threaten to do X.
  • If I don't have the right to do X then it is illegitimate for me to threaten to do X.

Here are some examples. I have the right to leave the room. Therefore, it is legitimate for me to threaten to leave the room. I have the right to hang up on you. Therefore, it is legitimate for me to threaten to hang up on you. I don't have the right to kill you. Therefore, it is illegitimate for me to threaten to kill you. I don't have the right to torture you. Therefore, it is illegitimate for me to threaten to torture you.

It seems simple so far but now for a real test.

I have the right to allow you to starve. I have the right to not give you my money. Therefore? It is legitimate for me to threaten to allow you to starve. It is legitimate for me to threaten to not give you my money.

What demands can I make? Here are the conditions for legitimate demands.

  • If you have the right to do X then it is legitimate for me to demand that you do X.
  • If you don't have the right to do X then it is illegitimate for me to demand that you do X.

You have the right to kill yourself. Therefore, it is legitimate for me to demand that you kill yourself. You don't have the right to kill someone else. Therefore, it is illegitimate for me to demand that you kill someone else.

So please, stop acting as if threatening to allow you to starve is the same as threatening to kill you. Those are not the same kinds of threats at all. They both will result in your death but one is legitimate and the other is not. I can legitimately threaten anything I have the right to do. I can legitimately demand anything you have the right to do. I have the right to allow you to starve. You have the right to work. If I threaten to allow you to starve unless you work, it's legitimate. Work or starve.
18  Other / Politics & Society / Personal Responsibility on: August 20, 2011, 05:22:07 PM
If you do something wrong then you are to blame. Aside from coercion, what anyone else does has absolutely nothing to do with your behavior. You can still choose to do the right thing.
19  Other / Politics & Society / Somalia on: July 28, 2011, 08:55:21 PM
With government:



Without government:



Whatever shall we do without the magical blessings of government?!

20  Other / Politics & Society / The Biggest Gun Wins? on: July 22, 2011, 02:59:06 AM
So, let's imagine that there are no governments and that the rich and powerful have vast private armies. Let's also imagine that, as would be likely, there are a bunch of other private armies and though they are each far smaller, altogether the number of soldiers is greater than that in the private armies of the rich and powerful.

Now, let's simplify things a bit. Let's say that there is one big army of 1,000 soldiers owned by the rich and powerful and there are 500 small armies each with 100 soldiers owned by everyone else. If the big army were to attack any of the small armies one-on-one, they would win. So, it seems like whoever controls the big army, controls everything. But wait, what if the big army started attacking each of the small armies one after another to grab for that power? Would each of the small armies line up like dominoes waiting for their turn to be knocked down? I don't think so.

It's more likely that, even though the small armies are controlled by many different people, since they have a common enemy, they would unite long enough to take out the big army. It looks like it's not merely the biggest gun that wins. A bunch of smaller guns can win by working together and they have a motivation to do so, out of their own selfish sense of self-preservation. It's naive to think that you can just knock down army after army without being perceived as a threat to the others and taken out by a briefly united group of small armies.
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