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  1. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of Ukraine

    I quite agree. Still the likelihood here is we are purchasing systems to send a diplomatic message that the anglophone bloc is solid, not that we're expecting visitors
  2. Re: The Rings of Power. Lord of the Rings. TV Show.

    Who is the new estate lead man? If its Moondog McHorny Tolkien I think we may be in for a wild ride.
  3. Re: Alaska's new voting system - top 4 and then ranked.

    We use the preference system in Australia and its led to complex local and notional deals by pledge bound parties (that is party loyalty tends to be tighter here). In the US if implemented everywhere...
  4. Re: The Rings of Power. Lord of the Rings. TV Show.

    Tolkien shied away from kisses (except between males, usually in a near combat situation, or getting on a boat) so anything more sexual than Winnie the Pooh is going to be a world breaker.
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Gaslighting, what does that look like?



    Not sure if you posting in good faith, but one last swing at it.



    You argument makes literally no sense. Masks like vaccines slow the spread. Both...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    I don't follow your argument. The vaccine overall slows the spread and lessens the severity, leading to less deaths and less long term health damage. It also has a better dollar outcome. This stuff...
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    Re: The Decline Of The United States of America

    The videos of him mumbling and forgetting what he's saying are getting to me.
  8. Re: The Rings of Power. Lord of the Rings. TV Show.

    I'd like to see it, but....one guy tweeted "innocent until proven guilty but you're on thin ****ing ice" and that's fair.

    Hopefully we won't get a succession of Numenorean Denethors (yeah I know,...
  9. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of Ukraine

    The only military in the world that could transport tanks/conventional inf to Oz is the US. Prior to the 1941 Singapore sliding door it was the UK. We have been a dominion of each of those powers for...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    The question of whether political powers during a pandemic represent a threat to the operation of a representative political system is valid: we had a pretty clumsy bill put up (the gist of which...
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    Re: The Decline Of The United States of America

    Bizarre old thread, and still not a shred of evidence to support OP. the US system is extremely robust, look at the absolute clown shoes President. Senile, plainly not competent to operate a lemonade...
  12. Poll: Re: Israel elections April 2019, September 2019, March 2020, March 2021.

    Thx for the update, by golly at least its never boring.

    I have no doubt most politicians have to break some law or do some shonky deal just to get near the podium for some gatekeeper or other (I...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Prodromos is poking fun at himself, he can take a joke and give one. The other one? Who knows.



    There was a Legalist scholar in the Warring States Period called Han Feizi (had to Google the...
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    Re: They Sold Their Souls

    To be fair most Christians I know don't claim to be able to fix evil, or claim to be moral arbiters. They say they love God and try to follow the example of Jesus, and if asked (and sometime even if...
  15. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    Yes it is, and he is a stellar bloke so its hard for me to swallow.

    Look there are different cultures with different values. I don't shrink from the fact that Australia is racist, and there's...
  16. Re: Why doesn't Europe just severtheir alliance with the US if they disagree with everything the US does?

    Reassess your life goals, Imperator.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/86/Europe_As_A_Queen_Sebastian_Munster_1570.jpg

    Not sure how our Polish posters feel about this metaphor...
  17. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of Ukraine

    Australia's defence profile does not include tanks in a defensive role. If an enemy is unloading armour in the Top End it means the navy and Air Force have been beaten and its game over, but...
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    Re: President Biden's first year in office

    So if presidencies can be summed up by movies, Trump was probably Idiocracy (or Don't Look Up maybe?), and Biden has been Weekend at Bernies.
  19. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    Yes. His appearance is unremarkably Japanese too, except for his eye colour (blue).

    I'm a pretty simple person, I can recognise right and wrong when its explained to me but it usually takes a...
  20. Re: Why doesn't Europe just severtheir alliance with the US if they disagree with everything the US does?

    I'm in if he is. Know anyone ion Moscow we can stay with before the big day?



    Thread has reached its proper level of gravity.
  21. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    My apologies. I was attempting to illustrate that Japan was and is a fairly hierarchic society with a lot of people holding what I think are racist attitudes, to the extent they refuse to speak with...
  22. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    Like most cultures Japan has a degree of racism, in this case the nth degree. I have family from Japan: my elderly relative (still with us just) who was near Hiroshima as a schoolgirl when it was...
  23. Re: Why doesn't Europe just severtheir alliance with the US if they disagree with everything the US does?

    OMG did they just assume the USA's gender?



    If.

    LMAO this is a silly thread.

    If OP is an example of how the US thinks about how Europe thinks about the US why don't well all just hope on...
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    Sticky: Re: Discussion and Debate Community Thread

    I guess they keep their mouths shut because free healthcare is godless satanic communism? /sarcasm.
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    Re: They Sold Their Souls

    Belief in Jesus and YHWH is not inconsistent with acceptance of the scientific method. I'd hate for someone to lose their relationship with the divine because they accept the validity of the...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Yes the RNA vaccines are a new brew and the full implications are yet to lay out. The utterly brainless disregard of Boris the Clown and his like mean the virus will rage for years, so more boosters...
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    Re: They Sold Their Souls

    Nothing in that YT video where Hendrix said he sold anything. Got anything else? If not /thread.

    Its feature of pre modern thought to explain mental and other illness by demonic possession, and...
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    AFAIK unvaccinated nurses are not stupid enough to apply for jobs they aren't qualified for, and are doing other work. There are agency staff applying for positions who get turned away when it...
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    Sticky: Re: Friday/Saturday/Sunday morning preaching.

    None of these strongly supported theories exclude the possibility of a Goddess/God/Gods etc, just the silly version offered by some simplified religious movements.

    If the Universe has a (partly)...
  30. Re: If Chile was the cradle of neoliberalism it will also be its grave

    To be fair our US friends apply a blowtorch to any Latin American country that thinks about implementing socialist policies. That's not a figurative blowtorch, they will literally flood your country...
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    Re: President Biden's first year in office

    Gladstone was in his late 80's when he formed his last administration. He became increasingly radical as he aged, having evolved from the "rising hope of the stern unbending Tories" to being in...
  32. Re: Request: Famous/Obscure Historical Events Of A Diplomatic Or Shadowy Nature

    The family of Octavian/Augustus and complexity of the succession is persuasively by the batty but extremely learned Robert Graves in I, Claudius. The trouble with reading this masterful novelisation...
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    Sticky: Re: Friday/Saturday/Sunday morning preaching.

    Sadly I think we don't have any rights, we just have agreement (voluntary, misled or coerced) by communities and individuals.

    Some individuals and communities use the respect in which sacred...
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    Re: Coronavirus outbreak - From China to the World.

    Yes the stuff ups in Australia (as elsewhere) are being worn by the populace, and the health workers are on the raw edge of that. An ounce of clear leadership is worth a tonne of idiot conspiracy...
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    Re: They Sold Their Souls

    YHWH took over from his mum, and then tried to rebrand heaven so it looked like it was all his own work. Satan tried to object but he was moved sideways into contracts: he's gone off the rails but...
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    Re: They Sold Their Souls

    The problem with fetishizing the Enemy is some unwell people will take that as a direction. The little I know of Alistair Crowley is he was a very unwell man and associated non church approved sex...
  37. Thread: Judgement Day

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    Re: Judgement Day

    As an agnostic I respect your faith, people moved by the love of god do wonders for our society. Despite the well documented sins of the leaders the churches (and its still the Great Church in many...
  38. Re: If Chile was the cradle of neoliberalism it will also be its grave

    Indeed, and I am sick and tired of the rubbish about Israel being apartheid, as I think they are not, and less institutionally racist than most countries (definitely mine, we have actual apartheid...
  39. Re: Want to rant about rightwings and conservatives? This is your thread.

    друг!

    You're right of course, the Russians stirred the pot a bit in 2016, but the idea they made Hilary unattractive as a candidate is extremely sexist, a woman is just as capable of being a...
  40. Thread: Judgement Day

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    Re: Judgement Day

    Wait his name is Irlmaier? IRL Maier? Maier is German for Major, clearly he was a major [something] in real life...everyone takes showers, the French word for shower is douche...was he a major douche...
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