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The worst trolley problem in the world

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A semi-technical question about prediction markets and private info

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[Link] The Ferrett: "The Day I Realized My Uncle Hung Around With Gay Guys"

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[LINK] How A Lamp Took Away My Reading And A Box Brought It Back

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What's wrong with this picture?

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How do I suggest someone for the Rationality Blogs sidebar?

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We really need a "cryonics sales pitch" article.

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[Link] "The Problem With Positive Thinking"

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Bragging Thread, August 2014

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[LINK] Another "LessWrongers are crazy" article - this time on Slate

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Well, if you want to go into details, Mao had a lot of help and he didn't explicitly plan to cause the famines. The person who personally killed the most people that he specifically intended to kill is the guy who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

There seems to have been vehicle attacks before the recent ones, they just didn't get widespread press coverage as "terrorism", such as the one in 2006, or the guy with the Killdozer: [http://www.badassoftheweek.com/heemeyer.html](http://www.badassoftheweek.com/heemeyer.html)

As usual, Wikipedia ha...(read more)

This was not entirely a hypothetical question. My wife has attacked me several times. She hits me hard enough to hurt but not hard enough to injure. She had said several times that my refusal to fight back makes me less of a man and less attractive to her. The last time this happened, I did fight ba...(read more)

Someone actually did try a 9/11 style attack back in the 1970s. A man named Samuel Byck tried to hijack a passenger jet with the goal of crashing it into the White House and assassinating President Nixon, but instead of hijacking a plane in flight, he boarded one by force and demanded that it take o...(read more)

We generally try to avoid discussing politics here.

I prefer to implement "don't invest in speculative bubbles" myself. I see no reason why Bitcoin should hold its value better than Beanie Babies did.

It's a lot better than some other ways that could have gone - Harley could have just said "Fuck you, asshole, this wasn't any of your business" and stormed off. It's better to be able to understand and articulate what and why something is causing you distress than to simply react to distress.

If my wife hits me, should I hit her back?

Incidentally, I would love to be able to ban tobacco cigarettes if it were at all practical. Are e-cigarettes a good enough substitute that banning them wouldn't create a huge black market?