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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Putin can't win in Ukraine if he provokes the Western nations into united and determined front. But the only way to win militarily in Ukraine is to do the very things that would provoke the western...
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    Obviously. But bringing it to term is a still very much a choice. That is the whole point of the thread.

    If a fertility clinic prepared two embryos and one was determined to have Downs Sydrome...
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    With that logic it would be moral for parents to do the reverse, take a typical fetus, choose to modify its DNA so as to give it downs syndrome and all the symptoms that accompany it. Gestate, birth...
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    I have friend who is an identical twin. I don't consider him half a distinct person. Laz is possibly a chimera, I don't consider him two distinct people. To me it abundantly obvious that being a...
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    No matter how loving and devoted the parents, 50% of people with DS are going to have chronic epileptic seizures. 40% are going to have serious heart diseases at birth. 50% are going to have chronic...
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    I'd say "divine morals" rest on the assumption that in the afterlife God is going to dispense some rather nasty suffering on those who disobey him, and that following his rules will prevent that....
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    I'd agree with Dawkins.

    Fetuses have no feelings, no senses, no cognitive abilities, no level of consciousness etc. In this sense they are no different than a woman's egg and a mans sperm; they...
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    Re: How many souls do identical twins have?

    You are in the eyes of the Great State of Nevada. That's for sure.

    But as to your in vitro murder, it begs the question; do fertilized eggs have free will? I think the gut reaction is to say no,...
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    Poll: Re: US commandos failed to rescue James Foley in Syria before his execution by ISIS

    http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vo5/no3/images/Special-2.jpg
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    Poll: Re: The Syrian Civil War Thread - part 2

    God, you sound more and more like Rundstedt eveyday.

    Do you even blitzkrieg anymore bro?
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    Re: How many souls do identical twins have?

    An equally interesting question arises with the rarer, but still very much real case where two fertilized eggs merge early in development creating a genetic "Chimera".
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    Poll: Re: US commandos failed to rescue James Foley in Syria before his execution by ISIS

    The US should only send John Stossel and Geraldo Rivera into war zones to report.
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    Re: Where's outrage over occupied Cyprus?

    The US is not an ethnic nation, neither is Australia. Even some US Native American tribal nations are not ethnic nations (the Cherokees and the Seminoles have African members).

    Given the recent...
  14. Re: Can we alter our genes/DNA, and to what extent?

    DNA can be directly altered. Viruses have a natural ability to do it, and we humans have figured out ways of engineering viruses to insert certain sequences of DNA. Granted it can only be practically...
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    Re: Where's outrage over occupied Cyprus?

    Greek Cypriots are citizens of a sovereign country. Palestinians are not.
  16. Re: Latest US Army manual allows lethal force on unarmed civilians

    I know a lot of US soldiers.

    None of them have ever killed a white person.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest_Memorandum_on_Security_Assurances

    Today it reads like Putins to-do list when it comes to Ukraine.
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    Re: Crisis at Venezuela

    Buena suerte my brother. I wish only the best for you and your family.
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    Re: Every idiot knows Austerity can never work

    It should be noted that the BoE was very aggressive in its stimulus efforts, not only dropping interest rates close to zero, but also doing substantial quantitative easing (it is still doing...
  20. Re: If something was living in what for us is a 2d space

    Cosmic strings and Superstrings are physical theories which contain what are essentially 1D objects

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_string
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstring_theory
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I don't think a "Russian Partner" is an obtainable goal for the foreseeable future. Obama made a good faith effort at it and came out completely empty handed. I take that back, he got a UN security...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The US protecting and growing democracies in Europe has been quite fruitful, not only for the US but more importantly for Europeans as well.

    Indeed it has been the one area where US foreign...
  23. Re: Are there places where history is heavily distorted or even suppressed?

    Interesting episodes which are not well know in the US (from my experience):

    - Allied military Operations in Archangel during the Russian civil war.
    - The Philippine-American war. The ugliest...
  24. Sticky: Re: Rome II Total Realism CCLXXII.BC Campaign (Beta 1.9090814)

    Naked Germans is historically correct though right? It is "Total Realism", so maybe they should be in.
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    Huh... yeah. You are right. Who would want to see that. Certainly not me.
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    Naked Germans?
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    Re: Japanese War Crimes in WWII

    The US facilitated the rapid rebuilding of the Japanese economy? It put the well being of the Japanese people above political revenge?

    I thought you were trying to make the apologist argument.
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    Re: Japanese War Crimes in WWII

    Nagasaki
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ce/Nagasaki_City_view_from_Hamahira01s3.jpg


    Hiroshima
    http://travelurbia.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/hiroshima-today-japan.jpg
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    Re: Japanese War Crimes in WWII

    The US occupation of Japan was benevolent.

    The Japanese occupation of China was genocidal.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Alls_Policy
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    Re: Microwave engine actually works, says NASA

    Didn't see yew trees coming.
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    Re: Microwave engine actually works, says NASA

    You won't find anyone more anti-ISS than me.
  32. Poll: Re: Which amendment in the original bill of rights is the most important?

    I think international intervention cuts the other way in that it is taking very affirmative steps to insure the oppressed are granted rights as that is the only way to make sure they have them. They...
  33. Poll: Re: Scottish Independence Referendum is agreed: vote in 2014

    Keep Scotland, get rid of Liverpool. Everyone's happy.
  34. Poll: Re: Which amendment in the original bill of rights is the most important?

    I think it is rather self-evident that the only rights people have are the ones they are free to practice. To have a right which you are not allowed to practice it is an oxymoron.

    You can talk...
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    Re: Microwave engine actually works, says NASA

    I tend to agree.

    If you took NASA money and put it into grants for research institutes like Bell laboratories, MIT etc. you'd probably get better development of products and technologies. Nasa has...
  36. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of the Ukrane

    Nobody is going to bomb Wisconsin. It would be like killing a mockingbird.
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    Re: One US general was killed in Afghanistan!!

    CSI Afghanistan?

    http://www.augustman.com/sites/default/files/2010/11/horatio-caine-shades.jpg
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    Re: One US general was killed in Afghanistan!!

    The GI's I have talked with are jealous. They've always wanted to shoot a general or two.
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    Re: Microwave engine actually works, says NASA

    It should be noted that the control in the NASA experiment also showed a thrust.
  40. Re: Israel/Palestine thread with mention to the catalysy- 3 Israeli missing teens and the mobilization for conflict

    The PLO for a long time was one of the most secular groups in the whole of the Arab world. It was run by Marxists more than anyone else. Their failure to establish a Palestinian state, and the...
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