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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Request for Member Banning...
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:48:58 AM »
If you hate so many people on this site, I suggest you go to TFES.org. Clean slate and all that.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto, Degenerate
« on: November 18, 2013, 05:13:51 PM »
Dammit, Canada. Why do other countries get all of the interesting politicians? Ours just cheat on their wives with teenage boys.

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I think the reason we remember the holocaust so vividly, as opposed to other genocides, is that it occurred in the 1st World. Most genocides take place in countries that aren't known for being particularly hospitable. Atrocities are almost expected from Africa and  Southeastern Asia. A genocide in Germany, though, is shocking because Germany is one of us. They were an industrialized European nation. We expect them to be above such things.

Also, it gives us a reason to justify the worst war in history. It's much easier to rationalize the amount of death and destruction caused by WWII when we can demonize the bad guys to the point that they no longer seem human.

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Flat Earth General / Re: Serious problem with UA
« on: November 03, 2013, 10:57:12 AM »
Special relativity has exactly nothing to do with gravity. That's general relativity you're thinking of.

The apparent gain in mass does not occur to within the frame of reference. To an outside observer not moving at speeds near light, the Earth would appear to be gaining mass. But to us, this is not the case.

I encourage you to read the FAQ and the Wiki. We're hardly unaware of these concerns.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Students get paid
« on: November 02, 2013, 01:49:28 PM »
Crime & punishment have little to do w/ the prosperity of a nation-state. But, when Israelites lived according to Torah communalism, they did indeed prosper. Singapore has EXTREMELY strict crime & punishment, & they have one of the highest standards of living on Earth. Japan also is strict, albeit not to the degree of Singapore, & they likewise have a high standard of living, as does South Korea.

Oh, shut up. No one is taking you seriously. You've failed. Try a different troll.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Columbus Day. To celebrate or no?
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:32:38 PM »
Well, for a time, religious scholars did debate whether there had been two Edens. They could not comprehend how the Natives had gotten there. This was after Castile knew that it wasn't the Indies Columbus had found. And there is no doubt that Columbus disobeyed the Crown by enslaving the Natives. This is why he was relieved of his Governorship. I am not suggesting that Columbus should be absolved. I merely suggest that what he did be considered in light of what any European would likely have done. And though Columbus was relieved, do note that the system of indentured servitude he had set up was merely changed to the equally brutal encomendero system. When the Natives had proven not to make good slaves (insofar as they died by the millions due to European disease), the Spanish imported Africans to solve the problem. So, Columbus was a product of his time, and should be evaluated accordingly.

Yes, we're all aware of US History 1.

But, I'm inclined to say that you're wrong. It's Great Men Syndrome. When you learn history purely via the great people who supposedly led it, it's easy to believe that humanity didn't evolve morality until a decade or two ago. But you have to remember that the average person didn't realize that this stuff was going on. And when they did, they freaked out about it. Columbus and the other great explorers were people who were willing to sacrifice their lives and the lives of their crew for glory. They weren't exactly the nicest people in society. In fact, I'd be willing to wager quite a bit of money that if Columbus lived today he could be diagnosed with sociopathy.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Columbus Day. To celebrate or no?
« on: October 28, 2013, 05:19:31 PM »
Don't pretend Columbus was some ignorant savage who didn't know any better. He knew exactly what he was doing.

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It won't destroy democracy. It'll destroy the ability of governments to keep things from us. Secrets are not a necessary part of democracy. In fact, it's quite the opposite. If anything is going to take our freedom, it's politicians who think they're protecting us.

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Science & Alternative Science / Re: atoms,neutrons,electrons,etc
« on: October 23, 2013, 11:51:59 AM »
This is a question for quantum mechanics.

Electrons don't really orbit the nucleus. They form probabilistic arrangements, and they usually aren't spherical. It's much more complicated than a bunch of balls with smaller balls circling them.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Alternative Medicine (also, Oprah)
« on: October 19, 2013, 03:55:42 PM »
I think the fact that this is posted in PR&S instead of the science board says everything that needs to be said about the topic.

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Flat Earth Debate / Re: Can we stop all this ignorance please?
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:19:41 AM »
Young Earth Creationism is the worst sort of pseudoscience. As someone with a working knowledge of geology, I'm rather offended that it exists.

Ironic, since you can find atheists and YEC laughing together about the absurdity of FET.

Only out of ignorance. Flat Earth Theory is several orders of magnitude more scientific than YEC, regardless of your opinion on the shape of the Earth.

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Flat Earth General / Re: nasa balloon versus private co. rocket
« on: October 14, 2013, 10:33:09 PM »
They say the camera can add 5 pounds.  Maybe it can also add 5 of curvature.

It can add 180 of curvature with the right lens and settings.

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Flat Earth General / Re: nasa balloon versus private co. rocket
« on: October 14, 2013, 09:59:43 PM »
This is actually a pretty good example of why FE'ers discount video evidence. There are simply too many possible explanations.

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*breaking image to save space*

Seriously, these tests are downright insulting to honors students.  They're designed to let you pass.

Also, in many countries not everyone takes the test. They artificially inflate their scores that way.

Again, this isn't to say that America has a good education system. Just relatively good when compared to other countries.

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A rather presumptuous question, don't you think?

As for the American Education System, I hate it with a burning passion. But not for the reasons most people do, I think. It's not the we have one of the worst systems. We have the best by far. The problem is that it's so achievement-oriented. This goes deeper than teaching to the test. The point of tests is to help learn. We've kind of reversed that. In our system, the point of learning is to help take tests. And that's awful in my opinion. Other countries are even worse, especially Japan. And we're trying to be more like them, because they do better on tests. But that doesn't make them better. They're just better at force-feeding information to be retained until the test, which is an ass-backwards way of defining educational success.
/rant

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: What's wrong with Capitalism?
« on: October 14, 2013, 09:38:21 PM »
The main problem with capitalism, I think, is that it fails to promote ethical behavior. In fact, it rather does the opposite. Unfortunately, there really isn't a better system.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The GOP has gone insane
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:01:50 AM »
No, that's clever on the dem's part. This makes the GOP look bad. Really, I want to know what idiot in the GOP decided to do this. It's not going to end well for them in the next election.

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Flat Earth Debate / Re: Can we stop all this ignorance please?
« on: October 13, 2013, 05:14:25 PM »
Young Earth Creationism is the worst sort of pseudoscience. As someone with a working knowledge of geology, I'm rather offended that it exists.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Why Obamacare is bad
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:34:22 PM »
Thanks for this, Tom.  We really needed a fourth thread about Obamacare.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The GOP has gone insane
« on: October 07, 2013, 08:35:52 PM »
It's not the GOP that's gone insane, it's the American Government in general. We've created a system prone to gerrymandering, and that's exactly what happened. The majority of congressmen have arranged it so that the only way they can be beaten in a congressional race is in the primary against another member of the same party. Being moderate and willing to compromise could cost them their jobs.

I did look at the link. You are implying that we are in this mess because Obama didn't agree to a compromise so its okay for Republicans to shut the government down. It doesn't matter if Obama would have agreed to it or not, the threat of shutting down the government is terrorism.

Its like me telling you to admit the world is round or else I'll hack the FES and destroy it.

They did not shut it down. They simply not agree to fund Obama's federal budget proposal, just like the Senate did not agree to any of the proposals put forward by the house. The shutdown was a consequence of that.

All modern presidents have had the dignity to reach across the isle to the other side and negotiate to come to a comprimise. This is the foundation of how government works. A refusal to negotiate is unpresidented. Obama and the democrats have been refusing to negoatiate long before the government shutdown.

No, Tom. They didn't disagree to the budget proposal. They disagreed to the temporary measure that gets passed almost automatically in order to allow them to disagree without the government shutting down.

This isn't a situation of negotiation. This is a hostage situation. In a negotiation the GOP would have something to give. All they have is the threat of continued shutdown.

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