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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Jul 28, 2014MCFUser6867051 posted a message on Is the United States Headed in the Right Direction?Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
Jul 1, 2014MCFUser6867051 posted a message on Britain attempts to become 'tobacco free' come 2035Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote 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.
Apr 29, 2014Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote 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.
Apr 28, 2014Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote 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.
Apr 28, 2014Posted in: Computer Science and TechnologyQuote 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.
Apr 28, 2014Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote 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.
Apr 26, 2014Based 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.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
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.
Apr 26, 2014Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
"But being black contradicts my religion!"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.
Jun 3, 2012MCFUser6867051 posted a message on "...But I'm from Planet minecraft..." and other sad stories of those who try to get O.P.edI put a sign up on the rules board:Posted in: Discussion
"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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Jul 27, 2014_Nate_Frozen_Rain_ posted a message on Is the United States Headed in the Right Direction?Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote from LeslieGilliams
Legal immigration is intended to weed out the undesirables and allow people with real skills to enter the United States.
The last thing we need are more toilet cleaners, baby makers, and people operating leaf blowers.
What we should do is build a wall and mine the border with armed snipers randomly patrolling the border.. With just the money Obama requested for Syria we could spend $250,000 per mile of border with Mexico - that would be plenty to keep them out.
Or... we could use that money to fund other things like education and infrastructure instead of wasting money killing people trying to cross the border......
Please cite where the US government has these intentions :
"Legal immigration is intended to weed out the undesirables and allow people with real skills to enter the United States."
Jul 27, 2014Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote from lolpierandomWow OP, don't cut yourself on that edge there bro.
It's so cool and unusual to be atheist.
So edgy that he didn't even feel the need to respond to his own AMA thread. At least this thread, if nothing else, at least this thread has had some old, tired arguments beat to death.
Jul 18, 2014A compelling argument can be made for a great many absurd positions if you rely only on facts that support your argument and frame them in a way friendly to your position. You can get people to sign a petition to ban water simply by referring to it only by its disused chemical name and speaking only about the various negative impacts it can have. Flat Earth at least has intuition on its side. Earth intuitively seems like a flat place. It's only through good education that we eventually learn the reasons why our intuition fails us. It doesn't surprise me that some otherwise gullible people can be duped into believing this nonsense.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
Jun 29, 2014Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote from Unyobro
That's all I wanted to hear. It seems like the general tone of this discussion, from both sides, is that the movement has to worry about mens rights. They shouldn't have to, even though it's great that they do.
They do have to.
Feminism today is rather critical of the success of the feminist project. One of those failures is in the "liberation" women have enjoyed. Women can now vote, they can hold traditionally male jobs, they can wear pants, and they can even serve in the military. Women have earned the right to act like men and take on the traditional male role.
It just happens to turn out that the traditional male role isn't a liberated one. Career women have a hard time if they get pregnant and need time off. Female politicians are critiqued for acting too manly, but when they start appearing feminine, they get accused of being weak or incapable (look at Hillary Clinton for example). Military women are seen as completely abandoning their femininity in favor of the cold, strong killer look that's traditionally masculine. Meanwhile, women who decide to stay at home with the kids or be housewives are sometimes criticized for their lack of drive towards "liberation".
Men need the right to wear makeup or dresses without judgement just as women can now wear pants or short hair. The idea that it's foolish for a man to wear a dress comes from the assumed loss of status of the male taking on the inferior role. Men need to be able to be nurses without being "male nurses". The qualification assumes that the job is feminine just as a word like "actress" assumes that being an actor is inherently masculine. Men need to be free to move into feminine spaces without being seen as becoming inferior for women to be able to freely choose to take traditionally male or female roles on their own without being judged for what they decide (based on their sex at least).
When "liberation" means "you can fill the male role", it's extremely important whether or not the male role is actually liberating. In this sense, women's liberation is limited by men's liberation. Until both sexes are liberated, neither of them will be.
May 21, 2014Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
Why invent a shadow organization to explain things that are already explained by the existence of large and powerful multinational corporations?Quote from CreATiveHippo
Nobody is taking Illuminati seriously! Nobody!
But soon, the truth will come! It will! Yes! It will!
OT: I actually believe in this kind of stuff. Humans are retarded enough to do stuff like that.
May 19, 2014Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote from ShpagetPretty much all the technology in the last 200 years. Unless you consider that bad things.
Technology is inherently dualistic. It gives and takes in just about equal measure.
That being said, technology is the result of science, the most collaborative process in the history of humanity. I would hardly classify it as competitive, even if certain technologies were inspired by competitive sentiments (such as the atomic and space race). Even then, there was more shared knowledge than there was anything else (and within each "team" there was an incredible amount of cooperation - like a team sport on a massive scale).
May 7, 2014Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote from HabaneroThis is nothing new or unique to NBC. Almost all news sources are biased and spread misinformation or propaganda in some way, and while it's certainly true that some news stations are worse than others, I think the main problem is the modern news media industry in general.
Indeed. Pointing out how bad this or that news site is (whether MSNBC, Fox News, or CNN, etc) misses the broader and more important issue. All major news outlets are run by the same interests, are promoting the same narrative, and haven't cared much for actual journalism in decades.
May 7, 2014This is nothing new or unique to NBC. Almost all news sources are biased and spread misinformation or propaganda in some way, and while it's certainly true that some news stations are worse than others, I think the main problem is the modern news media industry in general.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
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