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  1. Re: Shooting in Canadian Parliament - multiple shooters/shootings

    Only Trudeau had the balls to do that. Harper isn't half the man he was.

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  2. Re: Shooting in Canadian Parliament - multiple shooters/shootings

    Most likely a disgruntled Leafs fan.
  3. Thread: ISIS and Islam

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    Poll: Re: ISIS and Islam

    ISIS draws tens of thousands of volunteers from across the globe, through conquest and donations it has accrued billions of dollars in assets and it now controls a half of Iraq and Syria.

    Maybe...
  4. Re: !!' Re: Australia - best buddy of Israel the rogue state now?

    It would be very difficult to swap land at this point. The border would look like it was designed by Jackson Pollock.

    http://www.juancole.com/images/2010/12/wbsettle.jpg

    I think we are past the...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    If the translation/explanation was being done well there would be more Indonesians joining ISIS. So obviously they translation/explanation isn't accurate.
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    Reza Aslan has a good article on why translating the Koran is problematic.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2008/11/how_to_read_the_quran.html
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    There's no need to bring racism into this.
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    Turkey is Muslim? Moor Please. Those Hanafi don't know their Fatiha from their Qunut.

    As to Indonesia, very few are literate in the original Arabic.
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    Probably because literacy is much higher in western countries (Pakistan's literacy is 55%, Netherlands is 99%).

    When Muslims actually read the Haddith and the Koran they see that ISIS are the...
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    Re: How about that Ebola thing

    Cutting NIH funding was a mutual agreement between the parties. Washington Post has the best article on it.
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  11. Re: Could/Can struggling economies leave the Eurozone?

    The logistics of leaving would make it rather inconceivable. Usually when you convert a currency, you convert every last penny such that the old currency is no longer used by anyone (The West vs....
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    Re: Crisis at Venezuela

    Now that LeBron is gone, what is the point?
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    I am not well tuned into Turkish politics, but Erdogon's public statements did strike me as "he doth protest too much". Public sentiment against the YPG and PKK might be strong in Erdogon's base, but...
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    Re: Civil Forfeiture - Brutality wasn't enough

    As long as there is beer, it couldn't hurt.

    If anyone is really interested, Institute for Justice is the legal group doing the most in opposing civil forfeiture. I looked into it, and the ACLU...
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    Re: Civil Forfeiture - Brutality wasn't enough

    The Washington Post had a good article on the topic the other day ...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2014/10/11/cash-seizures-fuel-police-spending/
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    Re: Civil Forfeiture - Brutality wasn't enough

    It isn't ironic in the least.

    The Federal Civil Forfeiture law and the State versions which followed were a Reaganite idea of funding local Police with drug money instead of taxes. Conservative...
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    Re: Are Americans Too Stupid For Democracy?

    In addition to the labor participation rate, real wage growth hasn't picked up yet either.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-19/only-rich-know-wage-gains-with-no-raises-for-u-s-workers.html

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    Re: Are Americans Too Stupid For Democracy?

    I'd just like to point out that the US economy is currently in very good shape.

    GDP grew at an annualized rate of 4.6% bewteen April and june
    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29381029
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    Re: Ben Affleck Versus Bill Maher and Sam Harris

    A main thesis of Harris is that militant Islam comes from a plausible interpretation of Islamic holy texts and teachings, and is not just a reaction to Western Imperialism. As such it should be...
  20. Re: China seems to moving away from the one state two systems...

    Thatcher can take the blame for many things, but not Hong Kong. The PRC made it quite clear the lease would be ended one way or another. The UK got about the best deal possible in terms of...
  21. Re: On math being between sensory-based and more abstract levels of human thought

    By the theory of limits, yes, it is divergent. But why should that be definitive? Is infinity or -1/12 more "correct"? I don't think there is an obvious answer.



    I don't think it is loose...
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    Re: Catalans rally for independence vote

    Within living memory Catalonia was held under the boot of a fascist dictatorship. People in Catalonia had fathers and mothers who had fought and died in a brutal war to resist Franco and the...
  23. Re: On math being between sensory-based and more abstract levels of human thought

    It's more pertinent than you might think.

    That the sum of all integers can be represented by -1/12 is astonishing. That this result is applicable to physics, and thus the real world, is downright...
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    Re: Catalans rally for independence vote

    The Catalan desire for independence is fairly straight forward compared to Scotland. It is a region which is comparably wealthy. It has a distinct culture and an active language which in the...
  25. Re: On math being between sensory-based and more abstract levels of human thought

    1+2+3+4+5+6.... = -1/12
  26. Re: Why an American Believes the United States Shouldn't be Bombing ISIS

    The Iraqi Kurds already count two betrayals by the US. One in 1975 by Kissinger, and the other in 1991 by Bush. If this little essay had been taken to heart when ISIS forces where 30 minutes away...
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    Re: Vaclav Klaus: the EU is at war with liberty

    There are genuine free speech problems in parts of Europe, I don't think Klaus has hit on any of them.

    The only one that is enforced by law are the holocaust denial laws. In several European...
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    Re: Swear to God or Leave!!

    More like Bernoulli and Reynolds.
  29. Re: The Allegory of the Cave, Socrates to Glaucon

    Prof. Lawrence Krauss is fond of using it as a rough description of how physicists work; trying to decipher underlying processes using only the observable "shadows" they create.
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    Re: The Most Illogical Relgion

    It takes a brave Christian to defend that passage as being the clear and unadulterated word of God.

    It is hard to peddle God as being loving and compassionate when he describes Himself as jealous...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    The strikes within Syria are obviously not legal under the UN framework. There is no security council resolution in place allowing it. Within Iraq the US already has a bilateral agreement with...
  32. Re: Help me answer these two questions about the EU please.

    President of the European Council is fairly meaningless. He/she is little more than a spokesperson for the Council.

    The council itself is effective at protecting national interests given that each...
  33. Re: Why not believe in all the messiahs or a more believable one?

    The prophets which tend to stick are the ones that are additive to existing religions. The people who put together the story of Jesus took great pains to tie him into existing Jewish prophecy....
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    Re: The Most Illogical Relgion

    What exactly is so illogical about Scientology? Unlike most religions, it takes into account a fairly modern and accurate view of the universe; that there are countless other planets, and possibly...
  35. Re: Unity deal has just been signed and Ashraf Ghani is the president-elect of Afghanistan!!..

    Ghani is a technocrat who managed to become popular with the masses which is a very rare thing.
  36. Poll: Re: Scottish Independence Referendum is agreed: vote in 2014

    Jacobites
  37. Poll: Re: Scottish Independence Referendum is agreed: vote in 2014

    At least you don't remember your first freshman year.
  38. Poll: Re: Scottish Independence Referendum is agreed: vote in 2014

    I think the most likely next step will be having Westminster act as the "UK/Federal" parliament on some legislative issues and the "English" Parliament on other legislative issues (i.e. the ones...
  39. Re: ISIS: Math, social studies, and lessons on non-authoritarian forms of governance banned

    Abraham didn't need to know calculus.
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria

    Most people assume that the the War Powers Act would be found unconstitutional at least in part if ever challenged in court. So far, neither the Congress nor the President have ever raised the issue...
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