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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Hillary is winning by a landslide
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:27:03 AM »

All Hail the Queen

Hello everyone. This is a poll for which candidate, if any, the Flat Earth Society should endorse on the front page. This will also mean possible media attention.

The poll is not limited to US citizens since this website is not entirely American. Feel free to vote in the poll even if you are not an American citizen.

Technology & Information / President Obama is Relinquishing Control of ICANN
« on: September 22, 2016, 01:00:30 AM »

Unless Congress acts otherwise, starting October 1st, the US contract with ICANN will expire and the corporation will be held accountable only to what is described as "multiple international shareholders in an organization akin to the UN." Although this has been planned well in advance, it still seems like a rather strange thing to do for your last year in office. I can't imagine the ramifications of giving away control of ICANN in this manner.


This is a little ten minute test that gives simple (but somewhat narrow) multiple choice questions in order to determine the ballpark of your current philosophical beliefs.

My top three are:

1. Jean-Paul Sartre
2. John Stuart Mill
3. Thomas Hobbes

It also gives a brief overview of a given philosopher's ideas, Sartre's are:
1. When we choose something, we affirm the value of our choice because we have chosen it above other choices
2. When we choose something for ourselves, we should choose it for all people.
3. We must be consistent in our interpretations of moral situations regardless of whom the agent is.
4. Logic cannot help us in specific situations
5. Making conscious moral choices is more significant than consistently following moral guidelines
6. The conflict between the interests of two people is in the end, irresolvable

Also, yes, I am aware that Sartre is a dirty commie. Many philosophers are easily blinded by generic idealism.

Arts & Entertainment / Overwatch
« on: May 06, 2016, 12:47:25 AM »
Just a heads up, folks. If you want to play Overwatch it is FREE to play until May 9th. Downloadable using the app on PC/XBOX/PS4.

Also, general Overwatch discussion thread.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Transgender Rights
« on: February 24, 2016, 12:36:40 AM »
Seattle, WA recently passed an interesting new law as a man in Seattle was happy to point out. The rule allowed anyone who identified as the opposite sex to enter that opposite sex's changing rooms. This law's problem became apparent when the man entered the women's locker room and started changing. Since it is now illegal to remove him, any woman using the locker room would simply have to deal with their new changing buddy. Seattle has basically turned all of their locker rooms co-ed.

At what point do you believe a person becomes transgender? Does it start when they undergo a physical change or do they simply have to be a "man stuck in a woman's body" or vice-verse? Shouldn't we just accept Starship Trooper style co-ed locker rooms and showers now? If women can like women and men can like men, I don't see why gendered locker rooms exist in the first place. Any arguments for or against them?

Science & Alternative Science / Fasting intervals are good for you
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:47:16 AM »
This is some very interesting research into the effects of fasting on the body. Apparently fasting causes your white blood cell count to drop and triggers the immune system to begin regenerating them.

“And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting. Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.”

Arts & Entertainment / Virtual Reality Headsets
« on: December 02, 2015, 12:25:47 AM »
I thought I'd make a thread dedicated to the new gadgets coming in a few weeks. The HTC Vive is supposed to release here in about two weeks, with Facebook's Oculus Rift being released Q1 2016. I'm going to be preordering a Vive, assuming I'm able to before stock runs out.

For anyone that doesn't know, the new virtual reality headsets are meant to not be entirely immersive, but offer a new kind of gaming experience for the wearer. The Oculus Rift, based on statements by the developers, will be centered on a "seated experience" with accurate head tracking similar to TrackIR. I'm not going to buy the Oculus because Facebook is just a social platform, not a gaming or consumer company. Whatever they have planned for the device, I don't want any part of it.

The HTC Vive is a headset made in partnership with Valve. HTC is a fairly popular mobile device company, while Valve is a top (if not the top) PC gaming and social platform company. Valve is the company that originally helped created the Oculus Rift, but stopped doing so when Facebook acquired Oculus. The Vive is supposed to be a standing/room experience. It will come with motion controllers and a base station that detects the position of the headset, apparently very accurately.

It's impossible to actually show a video of what virtual reality is without someone experiencing it. I haven't tried any of the headsets, so I can't say exactly how good they are, but I hear a lot of good things.

Here's a quick video of the Vive's controller seen inside the game world. It gives you an answer to "why would I even want this?"


Philosophy, Religion & Society / Flamethrowers don't count as firearms
« on: August 03, 2015, 08:02:19 PM »
I found the most fascinating thing on Reddit today:

I can buy a flamethrower for $1600, no licensing required. Apparently flamethrowers are not regulated at all in the vast majority of the US and don't count as firearms, despite the fact that they shoot fire.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / 2016 US Presidential Race
« on: July 22, 2015, 03:50:26 PM »
As of right now Donald Trump is leading the Republican nominee polls by a lot, currently at 24 over Walker's 13 and Bush's 12.

Hillary Clinton is winning the presidential poll and nominee poll by a landslide.

A vote for Trump is a vote for freedom, democracy, and trophy wives. Don't let me down, FES. Topple the Clinton dynasty.

Suggestions & Concerns / Terrible Wiki Writing
« on: July 18, 2015, 10:39:32 PM »

As a connoisseur of strange ideas I have naturally found myself here. I was looking at the flat earth wiki and can't help but want to have this explained to me.

On the page for the Bedford Level Experiment ([1] ) , it says:

"The Bedford Level Experiment remains one of the most widely-accepted examples of Flat Earth proof."

Then says "...a set of three poles fixed at equal height above water level along this length. As the surface of the water was assumed to be level, the discovery that the middle pole, when viewed carefully through a theodolite, was almost three feet higher than the poles at each end was finally accepted as a new proof that the surface of the earth was indeed curved."

So the experiment showed that the Earth is actually curved? Am I missing something here?

Some fellow on Reddit actually read the Wiki, and to no surprise, the damn thing contradicts itself because some dolt copy and pasted passages straight from Wikipedia. Is the Wiki account separate from the TFES account? I can't seem to logon as it recognizes none of my usual userids.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Invest in the Military
« on: July 11, 2015, 01:16:39 AM »
For a few years now President Obama, as his campaign promised repeatedly, has downsized the military. Now, I can't be mad about this because he said he was going to do this and then did it. That's not a terribly big surprise. However, you get to wondering where those jobs go, and for me it was pretty obvious, I saw a lot of the jobs replaced by contractors.

In the government world there are two types of civilian employees. The GS series employees are considered federal employees. They work for the government. In addition to this you have contractors, who are employed at your job location but do not work for the government, but instead work for a defense company. These defense companies have been sucking up all the jobs that the military once held and taking more money to do it. Companies such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, DynCorp, and Raytheon have all nearly quadrupled in size and value. Their stock prices are through the roof as all that once federal military money is now theirs.

Contractors now make up the majority of more than a few military installations. Essentially meaning, these facilities are now being maintained by people who aren't federal employees, but rather employees of private firms. Private firms which are under considerable pressure to make as much money as humanly possible. This also, leads into the title point. That you can now, essentially, invest directly into the military. For example the F35 isn't flown by contractors, but it is built and maintained by them... and still owned by Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin doesn't sell them directly to the government, the government pays for the right to use it (as do all other foreign nations who pay for it). That means if you want to invest in the F35, go ahead and invest in Lockheed Martin. Its the same thing.

tl;dr President Obama is a master troll.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Police Body Cameras
« on: April 29, 2015, 08:02:12 PM »
For the past few months the notion of body cameras on all law enforcement officers (LEOs) has come up repeatedly on various sites. This is odd, considering not but a year or so ago, the entire country was up in arms about mass surveillance of everyone via the NSA, Facebook, and other organizations. Now we not only have the idea of creating a perpetual state of cameras watching from CCTV on the corner to cameras on LEOs, but many people are begging for more of it. Am I in the twilight zone? I'm guessing it is safe to assume that the people against mass surveillance aren't the same people wanting these cameras everywhere.

In addition, how would you trust the authority (that you already don't trust) to handle the cameras and subsequently huge amounts of data storage it would require? Even worse, who is paying for all of this new equipment? None of this really adds up to me.

Suggestions & Concerns / Regarding Reddit
« on: April 15, 2015, 07:57:46 PM »
     If you didn't already know, we have a subreddit ( Parsifal recently mentioned it in another thread and I have admittedly not been very good about informing people about it.

     Reddit is a forum that has visibility based on votes rather than time posted. While this doesn't matter much for small subreddits, this can be demotivating to post there because often the RE'ers that arrive to the subreddit will begin blanket downvoting all FE'er responses. Reddit upvotes/downvotes are not intended to be agree/disagree buttons and I would urge our members not to treat them as such.

     Please post your username here or PM me if you are a Reddit regular or have experience coding Reddit sites so that I can give you moderator status. I am the only moderator there and could use extra eyes on the subreddit. This offer is open to all old site regulars, regardless of FE or RE standing.

     In addition to all of this, I would like to note that Reddit advertising is an option available to us. I can even target specific subreddits or interest groups. I could, for example, target the conspiracy subreddits or the geology subreddits. This could potentially drive enormous amounts of people to the subreddit and this site. Comments on whether this would be a good idea or not would be appreciated.

I want Iran to have nukes. Historically, a country that acquired nukes always became more stable and the region became more peaceful. Very recent examples include Israel, which threatened to nuke the entire region and subsequently survived an Egyptian beat-down, and then we have Ukraine, who gave up their nukes only to be invaded by Russia.

Nuclear weapons have only stopped wars, they have never started them.

Since this was obviously off-topic inside Yaakov's "Ask A Jew Anything he happens to want to answer at the time" thread, I thought I'd make a new thread, since Tausami had some very interesting thoughts about foreign relations. Let's pick up where we left off:

Are you saying that North Korea has become more stable since it developed nuclear technology? I thought we were just ignoring them as the outlier in the situation. Anyway, they haven't developed the missile technology to use them yet so they don't really count at all.

I'm not saying it is more stable, but it hasn't really degraded much. (not that I imagine it could)

I'm not sure how not-stupid [Iran is]. They knowingly stepped into a situation where the UN would impose extremely harsh restrictions on them. That doesn't sound like something an intelligent, self-aware country would do.

Now you're implying that Russia is not an intelligent, self-aware country. I'm really confused about how you imagine foreign countries.


By all accounts she wasn't good at her job, didn't get along with people, didn't take the good advice she was given. She filed the lawsuit the same month her husband declared bankruptcy, and he's subsequently been accused of fraud.

Also, she is the CEO of Reddit and even made a SJW subreddit default (when it didn't want to be) and used it to spread her bullshit. Obviously didn't help in the end, though.

Technology & Information / AMD/Samsung
« on: March 26, 2015, 03:32:12 AM »
As I've been a long time owner of glorious AMD stock (which has done nothing but become worth less and less and given not even a cent in dividends). What I do get, though, is some neato news from time to time about what AMD is doing internally. Other than having a consistent net profit of -$364 million per quarter, there isn't much of note, until today.

Samsung has always been interested in buying out AMD. For the most part the move made little sense and Samsung sort of dabbled in the idea of buying them out repeatedly over the last decade only to fizzle out every time. Now, it is a bit different. With companies like Intel trying to expand into their market, Samsung now seems pretty interested in fighting back and expanding into theirs. So, as of now, Samsung is in talks with AMD over an acquisition once again, and all things considered, it will probably work this time.

Also, I got to vote on new directors for the company. I doubt my vote had any sway, though. I'd have to own millions in stock to have any real impact.


A man in Germany bet 100,000 euros that the Measles virus doesn't exist and was responded to by a German doctor who quoted various medical studies and journals as evidence of the virus' existence. The man refused to pay up and dismissed the evidence, however a German court found the evidence to sufficiently prove the virus' existence. The court then orders the man that he must in fact pay his bet, meaning this doctor just got a easy 100,000 euro bonus.

That's hardcore. I wish this guy had posted his wager on FES first.

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