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    posted a message on Is the United States Headed in the Right Direction?
    Violence is the cheap solution for those too lazy to come up with good ones.

    It rarely results in anything good.
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    posted a message on Ask an Atheist anything
    Wow OP, don't cut yourself on that edge there bro.

    It's so cool and unusual to be atheist.
    Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
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    posted a message on Britain attempts to become 'tobacco free' come 2035
    Quote from SVGK

    This doesn't take anything away from anyone, it only affects those who already break the law, and over time will do this even more effectively, and generally choke the tobacco companies out due to lower and lower demand.


    So we would rather have people resort to illegally obtaining cigarettes, which would conceivably be loaded with even more dangerous and volatile ingredients as they would be completely unregulated?

    Going from a regulated to unregulated market isn't exactly the best of choices. Especially when the unregulated one is shady and underground. It's not like the demand for cigarettes will suddenly disappear, after all.
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    posted a message on You can't be happy on 9/11
    Quote from Emerald9Creeper

    Although, you could argue that they've lost, by the rise in islamophobia, not to mention all the wars that sprung out of that event. Oh, wait, didn't 9/11 spring out of another war... Isn't there a lesson to be leant.
    And don't get me started on the 'no talking to terrorists policy.'


    And is that not what they wanted?

    We've went from only radicals in the middle east hating us to having many many more hating us, many of which who have completely valid reasons.
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    posted a message on You can't be happy on 9/11
    Quote from Metzgermeister

    In my eyes the terrorists won that day, considering that we are still talking about 9/11 as if it happened yesterday.

    They've won since we started living in fear, since we compromised our freedom for security that rarely helps anyone, since we've grown greatly xenophobic for no real reason at all.
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    posted a message on wanting to build epic game
    Quote from BC_Programming

    I know both where you are coming from, and where you are going, because I've seen the exact same thing happen far too often. A self-admiring prodigy who seems to think that they can get by by simply stating they are headstrong without actually proving they are by showing any amount of perserverence, instead insisting that the necessary steps they are going to need to get the requisite skills are "boring"

    Can't really fault him too much for it though, can you? I certainly know the feeling, and it's quite natural to me; only suppressed by a combination of my upbringing and my personal conviction to constantly improve who I am as a person.

    Perhaps fixing one's own arrogance and keeping their ego in check is the first step to becoming a better -anything-, whether it be programmer or cashier, from the most complex to the simplest things.

    Really no point in trying to help those who shoo away the hand of charity, I suppose. There are core attitude issues to be fixed here before he can truly benefit from any advice.
    Posted in: Computer Science and Technology
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    posted a message on You can't be happy on 9/11
    Quote from Beltir

    It is important to remember the event, to remember those who died, but it is not important to be sad on those days. If anything, being happy is a good thing, people need to move on with their lives.


    Perhaps it might sound a bit cold, but people really do need to get on. It was certainly a tragic event, but immemorializing like we do every year certainly does not help with this nation moving forwards from it. Treat it as the past. Ensure that the tensions that caused the event to happen in the first place never occur again, by rectifying larger global issues. Hell, celebrate the memories of those who died, recall the greatest things they did in their lives.

    All of those would help more than politicians and businesses trying to make cheap gains by showing "how much we care about 'murica and 9/11, never forget!"

    It is important to make sure history does not repeat itself, but this is certainly not the way to go about it.
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    posted a message on The bible-True or false?
    Based on over a millennium of historical precedent? Literal interpretation of the Bible is a modern creation, which can be traced back a few centuries at the most.

    The Bible is a collection of allegories. The amount of internal conflict within the Bible should also show as much, unless you're trying to convince me that Christians see their god as schizophrenic as well.
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    posted a message on US Coins not having "In God We Trust"
    Quote from Appamada

    Besides, people running local business can deny service to anyone they'd like to, no matter who they are or what kind of person they are. The only time there is a restriction on who you exclude from your services or products is when you reach an intergovernmental level. For example, McDonalds can't just stop selling their food to black people because they're black.
    "But being black contradicts my religion!"
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    posted a message on "...But I'm from Planet minecraft..." and other sad stories of those who try to get O.P.ed
    I put a sign up on the rules board:

    "No, we don't care if you're from Planet Minecraft. In fact, kindly leave if you're going to be a twit and pretend you are."
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