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  1. Re: The 2016 presidential race (former: The race to the 2016 presidential race)

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    Re: America bombs Libya

    To be accurate, by far the biggest source of violence, destabilization and chaos is from Syria where the regime has very much not been changed. And indeed has managed to persist in the face of a...
  3. Re: Racial bias in US police shootings demonstrated by Harvard professor. We are going to need a new hashtag.

    I don't think there's a problem of police rolling into Mitchellville Maryland and shooting the citizens, even though its 80% black. It's amazing how race as a factor completely goes away when the...
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    Re: The Greatest blunder in the Second World War?

    The main problem was the RN didn't actually have control over naval aircraft development during the interwar years. The RAF did. And within the culture of the RAF during that time land based bombers...
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    Re: The Greatest blunder in the Second World War?

    That's because Von Rundstedt was alive to write his version of Dunkirk and Hitler/Goering were not. Contemporary documents show the call for a pause came from below not above, and with good reason....
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    Re: Wolf whistling now a hate crime in Nottingham.

    Women shouldn't be treated as more mentally fragile than men. They don't need laws protecting them from public rudeness any more than we need to regulate the length of women's skirts.

    It's...
  7. Re: The race to the 2016 presidential race (former: Republican candidates)

    Japanese, Germans and Italians were interned during WWII mainly because of how successful the German sabotage networks in the US were during WWI. The fear of ammunition ships blowing up in American...
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    Re: Wolf whistling now a hate crime in Nottingham.

    Catcalling? In my personal experience it's better to not even make eye contact.

    The suspect descriptions tend to be far less accurate.
  9. Re: Snipers in Dallas shoot 10+ police officers

    I respect this exercise of the 2nd Amendment to resist tyrannical government.

    If common citizens aren't able to violently resist the murder of citizens by the government how are we supposed to...
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    Re: NATO - myth or legend?

    Indeed.The Kremlin is being so clearly isolationist right now. I don't understand where people are getting this notion.
  11. Re: Is criticism of arms sales to Saudi Arabia misguided?

    The poor/working class in Saudi Arabia are generally Hindu. Wahabism is the religion of the Arab ruling class, which isn't exactly impoverished. Homosexuals and apostates are being sentenced to death...
  12. Re: Is criticism of arms sales to Saudi Arabia misguided?

    Quite a good Foreign Affairs Article on the history of of liberal intellectuals/activists in Iran.
    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/review-essay/2016-04-18/reading-hume-tehran




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    Re: Is Islam "left wing", politically?

    Muslims and Christians can be leftist. But Islam and Christianity are fundamentally systems of divine totalitarian dictatorship; you need to please the powerful man at the top or you will be severely...
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    Re: Is Islam "left wing", politically?

    Much of Islam, like a lot of conservative doctrines, is very generous to those within the chosen group and very callous to those outside of it. One can talk about the zakat and its parallel to modern...
  15. Re: While in Athens Putin demotes himself from KGB colonel to captain.

    If Putin has a beef with the US, he can have Florida. But this bull :wub: of taking over parts of his neighbors and calling defensive is pretty laughable. If only the rest of world would stop...
  16. Re: While in Athens Putin demotes himself from KGB colonel to captain.

    The great provocation of not consulting the Kremlin when forming the government of your sovereign nation. I guess Ukraine should be thankful that Moscow didn't annex more of their country. Perhaps...
  17. Re: Greek government finally deals with the important stuff: homeopathy

    GMO bans. Very popular in Europe as a effective way to protect public health. Entirely without a scientific basis.
  18. Re: While in Athens Putin demotes himself from KGB colonel to captain.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e6/Crimea_map_it.svg/2000px-Crimea_map_it.svg.png
  19. Re: So Trudeau denied foreign aid for the Fort Mac Forest Fires.

    Maybe the US could lend some hockey teams to Canada so that they can start making the Stanley Cup playoffs again. It wouldn't help with the fire, but it could alleviate some of the crippling...
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    Re: Iran holds its third Holocaust cartoon contest

    You'd think after the first two times when their embassies were not burnt to the ground nor their cartoonists murdered in cold blood the Iranians would stop carrying out an annual event which so...
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    Re: A Critical look at Abraham Lincoln

    Find me a man more responsible for making this sentence part of the US constitution than Abraham Lincoln.
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    Re: Erdogan vs Television

    If you can't beat the caliphate become a caliphate.
  23. Re: In Terms of Individuals, What Was The Single Most Deadliest Soldier Pre Industrial Rev?

    The surgeon.
  24. Re: The Graz tests: Test-firing of original early modern small arms

    No. It has to due with the gun recoiling before the bullet has left the barrel.

    It can happen even with modern guns (especially revolvers which can operate with various loads) where slower rounds...
  25. Re: The Middle East be a more peaceful place if the state of Isreal was never established.

    Maybe the solution is to have all Arab nations appoint their own gay dictators.



    Not that hard to imagine. It would be Yemen.
  26. Re: The Middle East be a more peaceful place if the state of Isreal was never established.

    The Omani Civil war was a bad thing? In what way?
  27. Re: Just how much damage could a poor US president cause in one term?

    Trumps current unfavorable rating (67%) is higher than Nixons after Watergate (66%).

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/trump-earns-second-most-unfavorable-rating-polls-history

    He's closing in KKK...
  28. Re: The race to the 2016 presidential race (former: Republican candidates)

    It's self evident that, sans mega-inflation, if you set the minimum wage at $1,000,000 per hour you'd have essentially 0% employment. Nobody would run a business requiring employees. It's also self...
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    Re: Erdogan vs Television

    I rarely hear goat-:wub:er. But anecdotally, I have to agree that people throw around accusations of child molestation way too much. Obviously they are baseless. The government needs to put a stop to...
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    Re: Erdogan vs Television

    It's clear the entire the point was to spark this sort of prosecution. It has garnered a great deal of media and political attention. You can call it a lot of things, but it was hardly crude. It was...
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    Re: Erdogan vs Television

    A little ironic given Böhmermann has managed to bring into the spotlight the issues surrounding the Merkel Erdogan relationship, and the issues about this law far better than previous "reasoned and...
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    Re: Bernard Montgomery - 'military messiah'?

    Operation Perch?
  33. Re: The race to the 2016 presidential race (former: Republican candidates)

    Pouring a nitrogenated beer straight down the center? That level of alcohol abuse hasn't been in the Whitehouse since JFK.
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    Re: Erdogan vs Television

    I am depressed that Germany has a law which makes it a crime to insult foreign heads of state. I don't think a democracy should have any such law. And in this case, a law which will have the effect...
  35. Re: Israeli soldier cold bloodedly executes wounded Palestinian attacker

    Within this area 50% of people are ethnically non-Jewish, and the vast majority of the ethnic Jews believe in democracy, human/civil rights etc.
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  36. Re: Israeli soldier cold bloodedly executes wounded Palestinian attacker

    Well, is it an Israeli soldiers duty to be patrolling the streets of Hebron? The situation of the West Bank can be described in a lot of ways. "Normal" is not one of them.


    That aside, the...
  37. Re: Look Away! a Politically Incorrect History of Slavery in the CSA, America, and World History

    It should also be noted that a group with a monopoly on the production of slaves banning imports is not entirely altruistic. I am sure GM/Ford/Chrysler would ban the importation of cars if they could...
  38. Re: Israeli soldier cold bloodedly executes wounded Palestinian attacker

    I think he means the Palestinians should blow up more hotels.
  39. Re: The Graz tests: Test-firing of original early modern small arms

    I don't think that is the correct conclusion to draw from shooting at 3mm thick breastplates. A full plate harness that thick is impractical to wear. As far as I know there are no historical...
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    Re: "Leave religion out of Politics" .....what?

    Cor De Ferrum is essentially correct. Secular government is in direct conflict with the vast majority of religious texts and teachings. You don't find commandments in the Koran/Torah/New...
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