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    Re: The odds of choosing the wrong god(s).

    Isn't that the basic assumption underlying all of theism? That, you know, God(s) exists?

    If the only justification for such beliefs is that it makes you feel good intellectually, and has nothing...
  2. Re: Have the Republicans done anything positive for America in the past 8 years?

    The narrative of a massive growth in government under Obama is pretty much straight fiction.

    The total "size" of government has been between 30-35% of GDP for 30 years now. Federal has been...
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    Re: Clarkson Suspended

    If Jimmy Savile wanted a steak he got a steak.
  4. Re: Have the Republicans done anything positive for America in the past 8 years?

    The US is mostly responsible for the dismantlement of the British Empire.

    At the end of WWII Britain was deep in debt. The economy was in a poor state and heavily dependent on the import of basic...
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    Re: The odds of choosing the wrong god(s).

    You should have a look at post #9.

    As someone who spares no internet-ink in defending the Koran, I am little surprised you let someone say Hinduism and Islam are both essentially correct without...
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    Re: The odds of choosing the wrong god(s).

    This position only makes sense if you believe that nothing supernatural actually exists and the only value of religion is in its social benefits.

    If on the other hand you do believe in the...
  7. Re: The race to the 2016 presidential race (former: Republican candidates)

    Walker is going to be the Republican VP candidate.
  8. Re: UKIP would axe "much of" law that prevents racial discrimination in work place

    How can UKIP be taken seriously if they aren't concerned about the Dutch?
  9. Re: Israel, if two state solution is dead. How to create a single state?

    Going by the exit poll results and Knesset math it looks like Kulanu, the center right split off from Likud, will be the kingmaker. A coalition needs 61 seats to rule. Netanyahu's natural coalition...
  10. Re: Past life memories of children and reincarnation of the spirit, if such a thing exists

    I watched one of these things about a British child who remembered a previous life where he spent summers at a beach house on a specific little island off the coast. Upfront they told you all the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    You kinda missed the past 15 years in Latin America politics. Socialist leaders were democratically elected and rejected US influence. Ironically, today the US has much more influence and closer...
  12. Re: French justice rules it has juridiction on Facebook

    Well I could direct you to a thread on this forum which would violate a great deal of Iranian law. But I don't think the Islamic Republic of Iran should decide what is and isn't permitted content on...
  13. Re: French justice rules it has juridiction on Facebook

    This is a interesting case in that FB would be forced to allow content. If this were a painted cherub it could quite possibly run afoul of Australia's draconian child pornography laws. FB would be in...
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    Re: Absurdity of the Dalai Lama and the CCP

    There are traditionally two Tibetan Lama's, basically an upper and a lower Lama. When one dies, the other chooses his re-incarnation.

    Right now there are two lower Lama's in dispute with...
  15. Re: The race to the 2016 presidential race (former: Republican candidates)

    I'd vote for Kerry if he chose to run.

    I will not vote for Clinton/Bush.
  16. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of Ukraine

    Also, what the crap happened to the entire F-20's designation? We got 4 operational aircraft out of the teen's. Not great, but certainly not bad.

    Then the F-22 come along and you say, okay, we...
  17. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    Reporting out of Washington suggests a bunch of the Senators signed without knowing any of the content of the letter. They assumed Boehners endorsement meant it was okay. But notably Corker, the...
  18. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of Ukraine

    I've read a couple more recent things about it as well. It is going ahead.

    I agree it is rather surprising given the usefulness of the LRSB has always been questioned, and that they are...
  19. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of Ukraine

    Apparently the LRSB program has been quietly started.

    http://breakingdefense.com/2014/07/f-35-stumbles-in-public-while-new-long-range-strike-bomber-ascends-in-secret/

    It will be unmanned.
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    Re: Is climate change fuelling war?

    You're not southern Pugs. You're Floridian. When it's hot you drink Surge. And it's always hot.

    http://media.tumblr.com/8123bc11368cdda6124ecc3c10d875ef/tumblr_inline_mjnnujEzJK1qz4rgp.jpg
  21. Re: French justice rules it has juridiction on Facebook

    It's fairly common in contracts to designate where disputes are to be litigated. If this Frenchman didn't like the terms of service he shouldn't have agreed to them.
  22. Re: Wisconsin Gov Scott Walkers Anti-Union legislation

    This is a painful post for me, but none the less.

    The economic policies carried out by Wisconsin Republicans and Gov. Walker, (which in general create very favorable conditions for manufacturing),...
  23. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    Well, there is some question as to whether or not that law is constitutional given the First Amendment. But since US courts are forbidden from independently reviewing laws without someone actually...
  24. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    A few states have never gone through the steps to officially repeal them, but the Supreme Court has deemed them unconstitutional.

    If someone was ever arrested and charged with them, they could go...
  25. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    I'd just say that this wasn't a stupid move in terms of domestic politics. The republicans can continue to do well in the Senate and especially the House if they can keep up a steady turnout of their...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The Russian Federation and Ukraine had negotiated an amicable agreement over both the status of Crimea and Russia's access within it. And also over Ukraine's soviet-era nuclear arsenal. In the...
  27. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    I'd also note the irony of these exact people standing up and cheering when Netanyahu declared that Iran could not be trusted to keep it's international agreements, turning around the next week and...
  28. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    Robert Shaw wouldn't have let it happen.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I think the point is less of what happened in Crimea more about what happened in Moscow.

    You could hold a referendum in the Walloon region of southern Belgium asking if they wanted to join the...
  30. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    McCain has become very right wing after his presidential defeat. I have no idea why.
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    Re: Civil Forfeiture - Brutality wasn't enough

    I know what you mean.

    Like, what is up with Tim Horton's new dark coffee? It seems just like a marketing gimmick. It's still just coffee, but more coffee-er? Come on, what do they think we are,...
  32. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    Simple math says there were seven of them. But you'd have to reference the letter with a list of US Senators.
    ...
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    Sticky: Re: TWC Member Awards 2014: Discussion Thread

    How do you think Schwarzenegger got elected governor?
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Rwanda?
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    Re: Civil Forfeiture - Brutality wasn't enough

    Even the OPP?

    They are quite possibly the nicest people I have ever met. Like Mormon nice without the creepiness.
  36. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    Nah, 1799 under President Adams insistence.

    It is a really good link if you read it. It was passed after a private US citizen (named Logan, hence the title) sailed to Revolutionary France and...
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    Re: Britains capital should be Manchester

    Cardiff.
  38. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    There's not much to back that up as far as I know. The deal was finalized by Carter, but the Iranians delayed the logistics until the day of Reagan's inauguration out of spite for Carter.

    ...
  39. Re: Iran's foreign minister replies to GOP senators' letter

    Nixon sent Kissinger over to promise the South Vietnamese government a better deal if they waited until after the election. It sunk LBJ's attempt at a negotiated peace in his last term.

    But...
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    Re: Nimrud Bulldozed

    Surat 21 does relay a story of Abraham going to a city and destroying statues of pagan Gods. The people of the city try and burn him to death, but Allah protects Abraham and indeed rewards him.

    I...
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