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    Re: President Biden's first term in office

    It was not claimed that federal law can be usurped. Nor has it been established that federal law was broken. Nor has it been shown that it would be necessarily (or even generally) unlawful for...
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    Re: President Biden's first term in office

    Cruz said it would be illegal for a private person acting independently to transport undocumented migrants across state lines. He did not say that it would be illegal for the state to transport...
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    It has not been established that the law was broken. As per the article "the legality of governors transporting migrants is murky" - meaning that its legality (or lack thereof) likely depends on a...
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    Re: President Biden's first term in office

    The employees of firms contracted out by the state to perform a service are not acting as private persons; they are acting on behalf of the state pursuant to an agreement. This is why, for instance,...
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    As per the article, Cruz was discussing a hypothetical in which Sean Hannity, acting as a private citizen, personally transported undocumented migrants across America. He did not claim it was against...
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    Re: Long Live the King

    Let's address some of the article's claims:


    The author says that representative democracy and accountable leadership in Britain are illusions.



    In reality, the UK (and its constituent...
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    Re: Long Live the King

    The Queen did not "run tax havens"; she was the head of state for self-governing former territories of the empire (British Overseas Territories) which manage their own tax affairs. Profits from the...
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    Re: Long Live the King

    British "imperial glory" was long gone by the time ERII ascended to the throne, as were the political functions of the monarchy (beyond ceremony and symbolism). If anything, ERII's reign was...
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    Re: President Biden's first term in office

    The GOP hasn't had a congressional supermajority since the early 1930s.
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    As mentioned, the purpose of the law change appears to be to create fewer soft targets (not everyone can carry arms at all places).



    That the politicians/activists who complain bitterly about...
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    The right to bear arms covers an extensive array of self-defence scenarios, not just a narrowly defined, and comparatively rare, circumstance (i.e. "active shootings"). The criminality in someway...
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    According to the article, one in four "active shooter" situations was ended by the killer being shot at the scene by someone other than himself (i.e. by a "good guy with a gun"). This not to mention...
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    I haven't looked into it, but I assume the reasoning is actually that gun free zones are targeted by murderers/terrorists precisely because everyone is disarmed.
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    Re: Supreme court to overturn Roe vs Wade

    I already laid out the case for why abortion should arguably be permissible (albeit regrettable) in cases of serious abuse. The positive right to life that an in utero child is owed by his/her mother...
  15. Re: The Toxicity of Luxury Beliefs and the Liberal Elite in 21st Century America

    Only 1% of Havard's faculty are conservative. 0% are very conservative.

    https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2022/7/13/faculty-survey-political-leaning/
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    Glad the suspect has been arrested.
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    Re: President Biden's first term in office

    It's just the usual cakeism. Biden wants to present as an eco-warrior and an oil baron at the same time:
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    There would be no need to divulge any personal information.
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    The Ohio AG claims that he has seen no evidence that the crime occurred, and claims that were the case real, state law would allow for an abortion out of medical necessity.
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    Re: Identify that Tank/Ship/Plane/Artillery etc

    Enough info has been given. It is a Pistolet rouet trois canons, France, vers 1610 (on display at the French Army Museum). Rep to both.
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    Re: Shinzo Abe assassinated - gun controls

    This is a self-defeating observation: police and security personnel are often armed precisely because being armed mitigates against the risk of violent attack. Abe's death illustrates only that...
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    As liberals/leftists come to realization that the next leader of the Conservative Party will likely be non-white, the race-essentialist narrative is shifting:
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    Re: Shinzo Abe assassinated - gun controls

    The solution, then, is to prevent "troubled people" from accessing guns, not to abolish an ancient constitutional right.



    If it were actually true that I was repeating your position, the only...
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    Re: Shinzo Abe assassinated - gun controls

    Perhaps so. Yet if the killer/terrorist had been neutralized by a firearm prior to the assassination, either by Abe or his security detail, no one would claim it was unjustified.



    Setting...
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    Re: Shinzo Abe assassinated - gun controls

    Note the stated conditions: Use of deadly force (inc. with firearm) is justified as a last resort if a person reasonably believes they are at risk of death or serious bodily injury from an...
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    Re: Identify that Tank/Ship/Plane/Artillery etc

    Warm, but I will be requiring more information about the firing mechanism.
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    Re: Shinzo Abe assassinated - gun controls

    Use of deadly force (inc. with firearm) is justified as a last resort if a person reasonably believes they are at risk of death or serious bodily injury from an assailant. This is why RH is not in...
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    Re: Identify that Tank/Ship/Plane/Artillery etc

    Since no one wanted my turn, here is a new picture:

    https://i.imgur.com/9H7fPJV.png
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    Re: Shinzo Abe assassinated - gun controls

    Not every assailant is armed with a firearm. See the RH case cited below (neither of the men killed in self-defense had firearms).



    Observing inconsistencies/hypocrisies on the right to life...
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    It turns out that the story is unverified (and therefore might be a hoax).
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    Another joke debunked.
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    Re: The Sentient AI Trap

    Bear with me here:

    If humans are sentient and artificial means made by humans, then when humans make other humans they have achieved the creation of artificial sentience.
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    Re: Identify that Tank/Ship/Plane/Artillery etc

    https://i.imgur.com/EFkdDoq.png

    Worth its weight in Gold.

    I cede my turn to another.
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    Re: Identify that Tank/Ship/Plane/Artillery etc

    Has the appearance of a frigate or destroyer, perhaps Russian. I will guess at Admiral Grigorovich class. Presumably the "black and white" flag is the Jolly Roger.

    On reflection, I will guess at...
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    Boris Johnson: the worst Prime Minister since Lord North.
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    Re: President Biden's first term in office

    Most of the good decisions regarding the economy are made by private citizens participating in the market. There is a need for govt to maintain a rules-based system which curbs exploitation, but...
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    Re: President Biden's first term in office

    Biden is barely responsible for himself, let alone for rising energy prices. If, as and when the economy recovers, it will be in spite, not because, of interference from the Democrats and others.
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    Let's avoid conflating positive and negative rights. The former obliges action, the latter inaction. The right to life is usually only a negative right, meaning that actions which would deprive...
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    In every day English, yes. The usual medical distinction is between a spontaneous abortion and an induced abortion.
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    "Baby" typically refers to an infant/young human or the youngest member of a family. In common parlance it is often applied to in utero humans, e.g. "she lost the baby" (when referring to a...
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