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Forum: Soapbox Derby 14 February 2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,173
Posted By Blatherskite
Depending on the context, I think the 'What's...

Depending on the context, I think the 'What's worse' question is just as bad as the language he used.

Because if the question was implying that language can't be as harmful as a punch to the face,...
Forum: Amusement Bark 26 January 2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 597
Posted By Blatherskite
I believe that the Earthsea books set the tone...

I believe that the Earthsea books set the tone for the fantasy genre in a way no series has since Tolkien.

I was late on board, but reading that series I was struck both by how good it was (there...
Forum: Amusement Bark 22 January 2018, 03:20 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 45,929
Posted By Blatherskite
Quite the contrary. I'm saying a witness might be...

Quite the contrary. I'm saying a witness might be wrong but that does not mean they're lying, just as a person might be found not guilty and yet not be innocent. Also, false memories are a...
Forum: Amusement Bark 22 January 2018, 02:58 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 45,929
Posted By Blatherskite
I agree, although I want to add that a better...

I agree, although I want to add that a better understanding of the law is 'not guilty until proven guilty'. This isn't quite the same as innocent.

The accuser should always be taken seriously,...
Forum: The Doctor Is In 22 January 2018, 02:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,919
Posted By Blatherskite
I wonder how long it will take before several...

I wonder how long it will take before several similar conditions are conflated into one 'addictive personality' disorder that includes obsessive gambling, obsessive gaming, obsessive online activity...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 22 January 2018, 01:43 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,457
Posted By Blatherskite
I wouldn't be surprised if the height given is...

I wouldn't be surprised if the height given is accurate. The man is a terrible sloucher and gives the impression of shortness due to his squat build.

But that weight seems all wrong for the given...
Forum: Amusement Bark 22 January 2018, 01:14 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 45,929
Posted By Blatherskite
I think in this case the court of public opinion...

I think in this case the court of public opinion is torn between 'Celebrities are sexually depraved!' and 'Women often lie about sexual assault, especially when they can get money/fame out of it!'....
Forum: Amusement Bark 22 January 2018, 12:59 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 45,929
Posted By Blatherskite
This is why brainwashing is not really considered...

This is why brainwashing is not really considered a 'thing'. The appearance of being brainwashed is a thing, but if the apparent victim reverts to normal after the threat of punishment is over then...
Forum: SLC 22 January 2018, 12:48 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 18,123
Posted By Blatherskite
I've applied for an apprenticeship which would be...

I've applied for an apprenticeship which would be ideal for me and would include training for the kind of career that I've dreamed of for several years but always felt excluded from due to lack of...
Forum: Amusement Bark 22 January 2018, 12:38 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 45,929
Posted By Blatherskite
That's also true of making a compelling argument...

That's also true of making a compelling argument that changes somebody's mind, but that's not brainwashing either.

Brainwashing is supposed to be more direct, and does not allow for the...
Forum: Amusement Bark 22 January 2018, 12:31 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 45,929
Posted By Blatherskite
Because people usually go for the more 'obvious'...

Because people usually go for the more 'obvious' explanation when it comes to crimes that are public knowledge. I'm not saying that's always right, but I think it's usually the case except in...
Forum: Rantidote 19 January 2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 770
Views: 233,937
Posted By Blatherskite
Stop poisoning yourself with 'What If's. If...

Stop poisoning yourself with 'What If's.

If something turns out to be a problem, it can only be faced once it happens. Stressing about it beforehand, even if it turns out to be a real issue, only...
Forum: Amusement Bark 19 January 2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By Blatherskite
I stand by a few rules for creators regarding the...

I stand by a few rules for creators regarding the use of rape in fiction:

1) If you don't want to bother exploring how the crime affected the victim, don't bother including it. Without some kind...
Forum: Amusement Bark 19 January 2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 45,929
Posted By Blatherskite
But if people are more likely to believe the...

But if people are more likely to believe the brainwashing account, despite the fact that brainwashing is not a real thing, then Dylan's point still stands regardless of whether the brainwashing idea...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 17 January 2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,457
Posted By Blatherskite
I think when people are told they shouldn't -...

I think when people are told they shouldn't - can't - represent themselves because it's Socialist when they do (where 'socialist' is used in about the same tone as 'devil worshipping'), it's not...
Forum: Social Studies 17 January 2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,046
Posted By Blatherskite
Terrorist organisations and mass murderers also...

Terrorist organisations and mass murderers also play a critical role in political and public communications (and they're certainly newsworthy) but that doesn't mean their threats get a free platform...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 January 2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,457
Posted By Blatherskite
I hate the idea that 'normal' people are bigots....

I hate the idea that 'normal' people are bigots. I suppose it means that non-bigoted people - or at least people who try to be less bigoted - are all fake. It establishes this idea that being racist...
Forum: Police Blotter 06 January 2018, 01:54 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,154
Posted By Blatherskite
This is part of what I don't understand about...

This is part of what I don't understand about these kinds of situations. How are police officers trained to perceive a movement as threatening? I can think of lots of reasons why a person might not...
Forum: Amusement Bark 06 January 2018, 01:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,197
Posted By Blatherskite
I saw it! I quite liked it! As a fantasy fan...

I saw it! I quite liked it! As a fantasy fan dying of thirst in the desert of decent fantasy TV, I should have lapped this up but a few things prevented me from adopting my usual 'it's fantasy, take...
Forum: Amusement Bark 06 January 2018, 01:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 556
Posted By Blatherskite
I think the entertainment industry in general (if...

I think the entertainment industry in general (if you can generalise such a huge thing) needs to find the way to balance bawdy humour with respect. There's absolutely no reason the two things should...
Forum: Police Blotter 04 January 2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,154
Posted By Blatherskite
And even if it were a legitimate hostage...

And even if it were a legitimate hostage situation and the victim had been a hostage-taker, he could have been about to give himself up!

I've not read any indication that the police believed he...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 December 2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 971
Posted By Blatherskite
Suicide is a place a healthy mind won't go. ...

Suicide is a place a healthy mind won't go.

Perhaps whatever mental illness resulted in him taking his own life also resulted in the wild and stupid behaviour during his life.*

That doesn't...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 15 December 2017, 11:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,851
Posted By Blatherskite
If any bloke in a rugby shirt/football jersey is...

If any bloke in a rugby shirt/football jersey is suddenly tackled by a massive stranger, why, then they were asking for it.
Forum: The Doctor Is In 04 December 2017, 01:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,976
Posted By Blatherskite
#NewHampshireDoctorWho It'll get people's...

#NewHampshireDoctorWho

It'll get people's attention all right! It certainly got mine...
Forum: Rantidote 04 December 2017, 01:18 AM
Replies: 1,028
Views: 281,579
Posted By Blatherskite
It's particularly hard to be a Christian and a...

It's particularly hard to be a Christian and a Conservative, because there's a strong element of self-imposed poverty in the new testament. Wealth and settled-life is outright disdained.

I think...
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