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  1. 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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    Re: Swear to God or Leave!!

    Rule 603 of the Federal Rules of Evidence?





    I've seen your home town. I am willing to sacrifice your life to keep it out of the hands of the Turk.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    No, there wasn't.

    You're welcome

    http://www.commonsenseevaluation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Freedom.jpg
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    Re: Swear to God or Leave!!

    This the USAF so he will still get 40 medals for wiping his ass in the correct direction.
  6. Re: Netflix, Kickstarter and others join Team Internet to Battle FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Net Neutrality

    I talked to my friend who is a network systems administrator for a large research institute about net neutrality and from his perspective being able to control and prioritize traffic could allow for...
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    Re: Mass Effect 1 graphics??

    Her larynx is too robust.
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    Re: Swear to God or Leave!!

    A secular government has no business demanding religious oaths from anyone.

    As a Titoist I would have expected you to support that notion and see the need for it.
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    Re: Swear to God or Leave!!

    The fight agaisnt religious tests goes back to the founding and is an issue given its own clause in the Constitution.

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

    "So Help Me God" is...
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    Re: Swear to God or Leave!!

    Religious freedom and secular democracy are not principles worth fighting for?

    Your starting to lose your status as an honorary American Stav.
  11. Re: Israel unlawfully coercing 7000 Africans to leave

    If only Israel had an extra 1,000 acres to settle these people on.
  12. Re: US police have now become the mafia they allegedly despise: Black Asphalt private intelligence service

    Rand Paul has introduced a bill to reform Federal civil asset forfeiture. I've written my two senators asking them to support it.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    It's more complicated than that. There is no "ban", US companies are free to apply for LNG export permits. And if the permit is for a country with a relevant free trade agreement, it has to be...
  14. Re: US police have now become the mafia they allegedly despise: Black Asphalt private intelligence service

    A really good New Yorker article.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/08/12/taken?utm_source=tny&utm_campaign=generalsocial&utm_medium=twitter
  15. Re: Major engine issues have kept F-35 engine production halted for 3 months, but congress and foreign partners kept in the dark

    There was an initial competition with Boeing, but Boeing did not get the contract. In hindsight, they would probably have been the better company to deliver what the F-35 was supposed to be.

    But...
  16. Re: US police have now become the mafia they allegedly despise: Black Asphalt private intelligence service

    "Policing for profit" using civil asset forfeiture laws is a growing problem in the US. They were laws originally intended to help curb drug dealing, but police departments have figured out how to...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    That is not a very persuasive thing to say.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Latvia , Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia aren't European?
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I think that Putin has decided that it is time to "freeze" the crisis, and that now he genuinely wants a cease-fire + buffer zone which will eventually become a de facto permanent division like in...
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    I would say that yes, it isn't very moral to have a child if you are in situation where it will be raised in poverty, hunger, violence etc. That being said I wouldn't trust (or want) the state to...
  21. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of the Ukrane

    You can compare the last Harrier with the F-35B

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrier_Jump_Jet#Specifications
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-35_Lightning_II#F-35B

    The Harrier...
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    Until there is the equivalent of a DS Alan Turing/Oscar Wilde/Adam Sandler I don't think there is much need to rebut that.

    The whole point of the 90% hypothetical is to show that there is a cost...
  23. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of the Ukrane

    For all its flaws the F-35B is still an impressive leap of engineering in terms of VSTOL fighters. Unlike the air-to-air "A" and carrier "C" versions, the B outperforms all comparable (i.e. VSTOL)...
  24. Re: Colombian killer that has murdered -300- people is freed from prison.

    Here is an interview with Popeye. It is translated from Spanish so the syntax is incorrect at times, but you can get a feel for who he is...
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    I agree that "lost opportunity costs" are a part of it as well. Not only in the extra resources that a DS person will need throughout their life, resources which could have been used to help other...
  26. Re: Major engine issues have kept F-35 engine production halted for 3 months, but congress and foreign partners kept in the dark

    Most new fighter designs either use leading edge root extensions (Su-27, Mig-29, F-16, F-18), Canards (Rafale, Eurofighter, Gripen) Intake ramps (F-15, F-22) or in the case of the F-35 a diverterless...
  27. Re: Colombian killer that has murdered -300- people is freed from prison.

    If you've ever heard an interview of Popeye, he is a rather thoughtful, pleasant and insightful guy. Killing was his profession, not his passion.
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    Let me have my strawman Phier.
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    Re: Richard Dawkins says:

    That's my argument in a nutshell. The only contention is whether abortion is murder or not. And I don't think I can convince you to change your mind on that.

    I think a much more inconsistent...
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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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