• Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    There is also a pernicious tendency among corrupt governments (I live in Mexico, and we have a doozie) to grant Monsanto and similar multinationals multi-year rights to exploit their resources. A great many Mexican peasants in the agricultural sector DONOT HAVE THE CHOICE to plant other seeds, it being quasi-illegal if they are participating in…[Read more]

    • “A great many Mexican peasants in the agricultural sector DONOT HAVE THE CHOICE to plant other seeds, it being quasi-illegal if they are participating in any sort of agricultural assistance.”

      Are you saying the Mexican govt has limited the seed market and forced farmers to ONLY buy Monsanto seed? I’m gonna need something to back that…[Read more]

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    Testing (sorry for the intrusion, folks, Ms. Watson asked me to get a screenshot of an error message).

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    Economically the stats are ironclad — women come out worse in the average divorce. The man’s standard of living rises, the woman’s falls. Hard cold fact, on average.

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    Wait….can you explain to me the difference between Hillbillies and Southerners?

    • Southerners is a general term, while hillbillies is usually derogatory and refers to a specific demographic of (often) scots irish people who live in the Ozark or Appalachian mountains.

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Boomer — I presume you’re a racist troll, but no, murder does not mean that. Negligent Homicide specifically acknowledges that you didn’t necessarily intend to kill the person, but if you go all Yosemite Sam and start shooting your sixguns out your window on 5th Avenue during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you’ll be charged with murder. Hell,…[Read more]

    • Just to piggyback, in New York, the statute for murder in the second degree includes behaving with depraved indifference to human life and killing someone (regardless of intent) during the commission of another serious felony such as an armed robbery. Reckless behavior where a potential death is foreseeable is also covered under most homicide statutes.

    • Your comment is a tirade against people who make deadly presumptions, yet yours starts with one and condemns an entire class of civil servants based on one.

      Perhaps that’s related to your poor comprehension skills, as demonstrated by your lack of response to my question. Most people understand “murder” to include the element of premeditation.…[Read more]

      • You miss an entire body of study that shows that the drug war has largely targeted blacks and hispanics (mostly blacks) by a large margin. The fact that blacks convicted of drug possessions with much stiffer sentences vs. whites despite the figures that show drug usage rates are roughly similar between the populations shows a SYSTEMIC problem.…[Read more]

        • Again, I don’t doubt there are true racists serving as police officers in America. But I would give more weight to intent than you. Calling someone a racist because they are ignorant will neither change their mind nor motivate them to educate themselves.

          My opinions regarding the issue are best summed up by this Harvard…[Read more]

          • I find intent isn’t something to emphasize when we’re talking about privilege and systemic violence. I don’t doubt that most cops aren’t, or believe themselves not to be, overt racists. That has never been the claim. Implicit biases exist like they do among general populace.

            Automatic Preference for White Americans:
            Eliminating the…[Read more]

          • Long story short, even judging by the language of the study, Sampson and Lauritsen does not eliminate the idea of bias, merely that is more indirect. Ignoring it, however, doesn’t change that it is there and important to address.

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Oh sweet holy suffering saints ‘n’ martyrs, David Osorio over at the whiny oppressed Libertarian skeptic site, whose URL I won’t justify with posting, had a piece on ElevatorGate and Dear Muslima just last week. He’s sad sad sad that people take issue with Richard Dawkins (hello, not-understanding-Twitter!!!), and don’t worship every sexist and…[Read more]

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    Is it a de-rail to discuss dogs? Anyway, the funniest thing I ever saw, re price-performance ratio, was when visiting a friend in Darien or Greenwich, and the local boutique masquerading as a convenience store stocked only one dog food: Solid Gold/Millenia. It was about thirty bucks for an itta-bitty bag. Neither of my dogs would touch it.…[Read more]

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    The comment section in the Patheos article is a fairly good fleshing out of the issues. Should religion be granted special privileges? No. Should disadvantaged people be able to eke out a decent freakin’ meal for their kids? Yup. Might the local mosques play a bigger role? Sure. But what if the mosques are all really poor as well? Good…[Read more]

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    Yeah me too, I’m queasy about the anti-Kardashianism. So Paris Hilton and Pia Zadora and Bo Derek were famous for being famous, and in Hilton’s instance, her fame was cemented by a “leaked” sex tape. I’m with Jackal/Hanoumatoi here, the bile and venom are never directed at the much less worthy inheritors of familial fame and fortune who happen…[Read more]

    • I didn’t mean that people necessarily should condemn Kardashian fans, just that if anyone were to blame for her fame, it would be them. Seriously though, what makes Kim Kardashian any less worthy of fame than any pro sports player, for instance? You can say that they’ve honed a skill, but the ability to direct a projectile to a designated area…[Read more]

    • I’m not sure if you’re joking or not, but Jim Belushi has been the butt of countless jokes about how he’s a talentless dumbass.

      I really don’t see the problem with criticizing people for being rich and famous for doing nothing, regardless of their gender.

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Oh, I’m going to have to take issue with SEVERAL parts of the Forced Apology stance at Grounded Parents. First off, her original take was very acceptable, that a parent forcing their child to apologize, even if the child doesn’t mean it sincerely, is probably no different from teaching the child please, thank you, shitting in a toilet, shaking…[Read more]

    • I, on the other hand, see the harm of the forced apology. I have apologized to smooth things over and to be polite. For me and countless others I know, this has been used against us. I apologize, even though I was wronged, and it is thrown back in my face for months or longer. Someone close to me was nearly fired from his job over an apology his…[Read more]

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    As a skeptic, a bad reputation should actually count for something, if for no other reason than a Bayesian analysis. Prior evidence is not admissible in a court of law, but it sure is any other place. We have prior evidence that Dawkins is an intentionally tone-deaf dog-whistler for the anti-SJW boys’ club. We have prior evidence that Shermer…[Read more]

    • “As a skeptic, a bad reputation should actually count for something, if for no other reason than a Bayesian analysis.”

      Ok, what has happened since Ms. Smith made her allegations? Have any other women accused him of coercion? Did any other women accuse him of coercion before Ms. Smith made her allegation?

      Again, I’m not condoning how the man…[Read more]

    • So, everything must be provable in a court of law? Is that how you conduct your life? Would you take the creepy reputation of someone you were considering to babysit into account?

      Would it have been okay if Ms. Smith had kept her allegations to the back channels where Mr. Shermer’s reputation was already well known? Or was it fair to warn the…[Read more]

      • It looks like Boomer requires independent witnesses in the room during the assault to accept the claim. That seems to be the evidentiary bar here. He needs extraordinary evidence, evidence that almost never exists, because all those witnesses and all the prior bad behavior and all the women who have come forward, now and in the past, just aren’t…[Read more]

        • @punchdrunk, You’re battling a strawman. There’ve been many sexual assault cases involving the inability to consent that’ve resulted in conviction absent witnesses in the room. Although I don’t think our criminal justice system is perfect (see below), I have to assume a jury probably gets things right most of the time. Are there testimonies and…[Read more]

          • This in not a court of law, this is the court of public opinion.

            In the court of public opinion there is no presumption of innocence.

            This is the strawman you keep whacking at, stop it.

      • I didn’t question Ms. Smith’s motives, I questioned the legality morality of accusing someone of a crime without providing evidence.

        No, I don’t think everything must be provable in court. Yes, I would take reputation into account when selecting a baby sitter. And certainly any woman should consider Shermer’s reputation before accepting a date…[Read more]

        • She provided evidence, her personal testimony, but you have decided it is not sufficient even though she is asking for no legal reprisal. You say that women should take Shermer’s reputation into account, except how are those women supposed to take his reputation into account unless they were lucky enough to be privy to the back channels to know…[Read more]

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Okay. So let me get this straight. You’ve got a 55/45 chance that it’s Bo Hopkins, and not Jerry Reed, on the Burt Reynold’s set. Then you’ve got a 33/33/33 probability split that it’s Dom DeLuise, Paul Prudhomme, or Luciano Pavarotti, in Dick Van Dyke’s kitchen behind the opera house. Burt Reynolds meets Dick Van Dyke for a drink. Aida is…[Read more]

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Yep. A combination of Dear Muslima and Zoe Quinn. First, it’s just as bad or worse other places. Second, how dare you single out my favorite beer-drinking dude-bro fetish!

    How come some hypothetical dude who works some hypothetical somewhere wasn’t on national TV when he beat his wife, but an overpaid superstar from a multi-billion dollar…[Read more]

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    And in a gay marriage? Would that be Moe’s Tavern?

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    A couple of things stand out. One, there is a very large Sephardic diaspora across Latin America, most particularly in Veracruz, Mexico City, Bogota, Cartagena, Caracas, and Buenos Aires. I live in Mexico, and Mexicans can be quite racist, but I’m not sure I’ve ever heard an anti-Semitic comment, and certainly nothing approaching the daily…[Read more]

    • Oh, I know Mexicans can be very, very racist. I am one (a Mexican, not a racist), and I have heard anti-Semitic comments. But, since there aren’t that many Jews, they don’t get the worst of it. Though if you hang out for a bit around the Polanco area in Mexico City, and you’re bound to hear something horrible said against them.

      • Or Tecamachalco (at least, back when I was growing up in Mexico City; looks like we can start a club of folks who grew up or live there). I heard it a bit more, but then I gew up *in* the Jewish community, so any incident would make the rounds. And recently a friend of my mom’s who had her passport stolen went to the Consulate in Houston to get it…[Read more]

        • So, all of you in the Mexican club Arturo just started… Why are you not commenting over at Esceptica.org as well?

          Sorry, let me say it correctly:

          ¿¿¿Why are you not commenting at Escéptica???

          (The correct punctuation makes all the difference).

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    It can certainly work both ways. I have on occasion denied sex BECAUSE the woman had brandished sex as reward/punishment. “If you go fishing with Bill on Friday evening, you aren’t getting any sex”, or “if you can’t get off work early enough to see the play, there’ll be no sex this weekend”, e.g. As soon as that trope is presented, the…[Read more]

    • You seem to be arguing from a place that assumes the author of this article and everyone responding are only speaking from the perspective of women being coerced, and from a place where only women can use sex as a “bargaining tool”.

      Do you know why I was so hurt when my fwb denied me sex? Because he was using it to wield power over me.…[Read more]

    • Woops. I actually replied to the wrong person. But my comment does kind of fit here. I’ll copy/paste where it was supposed to go as well.

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Re skepticism only running one-way, it’s almost laughable that — given the likes of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Kobe Bryant almost certainly buying off their accusers — nobody ever suggests “why, those boys at Duke were from awfully rich families, I bet their daddies’ lawyers paid the girl to recant”. In fact, Bill Clinton may be the only…[Read more]

  • Albert Doyle posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    You forgot about 1A: The Dude Was Black Rape
    And (I hope you take this in the spirit intended), #11, the best of all rapes: Elevator.