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Topic: Serious Discussion / Yahoo says Domino's is best pizza

I like Panago the most. I find that the quality degrades after 3+ toppings, but they have the best mushrooms and cheese. I used to love Fresh-slice, but my local Fresh-slice skimps on toppings, so Panago takes the prize.

I’ve never had Papa johns or Pizza hut. Little Caesar is not bad on a budget, since a medium only costs 5$.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The next President Clinton

Originally posted by jhco50:
Originally posted by sanii:

Heh. Being from another country does not make her arguments invalid.

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Yes it does, how would you like it if we come down on Canada and tell you how you should live? You would probably scream to high heaven, but of course it is much easier for you to tell Americans how to live than be on the receiving end.

Lol. If you Americans come up with a great idea we can wrap into our existing system, it would definitely be debated in parliament and judged based on its merits and not nationalism.

As a Canadian:

It works > it being Canadian.

I would take something that works effectively over something “Canadian” any-day. I don’t see why america should be any different.

It seems the LAPD agrees with me, seeing they have recently adopted Canadian training methods.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/los-angeles-police-department-taught-the-canadian-way-when-it-comes-to-using-force-1.3025580
Originally posted by jhco50:

And Vicka, if you really had any feeling for this country, which you have stated you don’t, why aren’t you here instead of “Scotland” (Witch this is the first time you told me this BTW)? If your chosen country is so much better, why do you bother to keep citizenship here? You show nothing but disrespect and hatred for everything American, and yet you hang on to your citizenship. .

I don’t live in the US, but the US is the most important single nation on earth. It becoming better, taking care of its citizens, been stable, and staying the most important is in the best interest of almost everyone on earth. It is perfectly logical why Vika would remain a US citizen and thus be able to be doubly important in world politics. Plus, being a duel citizen makes traveling easier.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The next President Clinton

Originally posted by jhco50:

Oh yeah, many of the journalists are predicting Madam Hillary won’t even win the primaries. Sad isn’t it. You could always vote for the socialist who just announced his run. He actually admits to being a socialist. Guess who Karma will probably vote for, LOL.

Heh. Being from another country does not make her arguments invalid.

Originally posted by jhco50:

Oh yeah, many of the journalists are predicting Madam Hillary won’t even win the primaries. Sad isn’t it. You could always vote for the socialist who just announced his run. He actually admits to being a socialist. Guess who Karma will probably vote for, LOL.

Heh. We have us some NDP (socialists) in Canada, and we seem to be doing fine. All your American freedom don’t help you one bit if you:

- get shot by a cop

-government sues your cash

-need healthcare

America no longer needs to fight communists. The cold war is over. You won. Being stuck in a cold war mentality is holding the united states back from the level of progress achieved by both your northern neighbor, and those across the pond.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ancient Rome and the United States

@ classic, Links. Please link to sources for the facts you tout. Everything has a wikipedia page, read it, link to it.

Since the thread is pretty derailed up anyway, I’m just say that sexuality in rome is surprisingly interesting. Read the wikipedia page. In certain respects it was extraordinarily similar to modern society, while at the same time being totally insane. Reading on the topic is definitely interesting.

Sexuality in Ancient Rome.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ancient Rome and the United States

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
Originally posted by sanii:

Karma, you failed to draw any concrete comparaisons between the fall of the western ancient romain empire thing* and the States. If you want to go on a tangent, say so clearly so I can adress whatever point you make.

Knock your self out

That’s no fun ):

Plus, 99% of those are comparing the US to the Roman Republic, not the Romain Empire.

Originally posted by classic256:
Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
Originally posted by classic256:

I do not understand this thread at all. What is the point of discussion?

What is the point of living?
What is the point of being successful?
What is the point of even trying?

I am just trying to understand the direction of this thread.

OP is comparing the fall of the Ancient (western) Romain Empire to the “fall” of the United States of America as a superpower. Then I was all like: “Thats crazy bro” then he was like: “mkay xD”.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ancient Rome and the United States

Originally posted by wargamer1000:
Originally posted by sanii:

Edward Gibbon’s history of the decline and fall of the roman empire was published in 1789. That’s quite a while ago. Additional, in its Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_the_Decline_and_Fall_of_the_Roman_Empire), the “criticisms” section describes how his “morality” theory has run afoul of modern historians. Give a better source then a book written three centuries ago.

I doubt I’d give. Perhaps you think morality at all isn’t a factor for societies and states? I’d like to hear not matters of fact, but your opinion.

I believe morality is an important aspect in a state, being the foundation for its society and laws. That being said, the (western) Romain Empire had much bigger fish eating it then Christianity. Said fish being angry germans, a dying economy, and being abandoned by its other half.

Karma, you failed to draw any concrete comparaisons. If you want to go on a tangent, say so clearly so I can address your argument.

Fo(w)ARE = Fall of the (western) Ancient Romain Empire

EDIT: Thanks for pointing out how to delete my post Vikatea.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ancient Rome and the United States

Edward Gibbon’s history of the decline and fall of the roman empire was published in 1789. That’s quite a while ago. Additional, in its Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_the_Decline_and_Fall_of_the_Roman_Empire), the “criticisms” section describes how his “morality” theory has run afoul of modern historians. Give a better source then a book written three centuries ago.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Two American millennials destroy history in Italy.

Kids in history have never had cheerios and honey in the same bowl. This is a game changer and is the reason you can’t compare this generations cheerios to the original.

Different cheerios, like porn, is not a valid reason to disqualify comparison between demographics.

Woah. You and the OP are one and the same. Did not notice till now. Are you the alt-man? I’m honoured. Its been so long. I remember a Alt-man from like 6 months ago, but thought he had perished.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ancient Rome and the United States

You do need sources. Why should I believe what you’re saying if you do not provide sources? I would understand if the arguments provided were purely subjective, but you need sources if you want to state a fact.

“While this ominous warning is often taken very lightly by the majority of the population who believe history is something you learn in school and then forget, it’s near prophetic words are not to be ignored.”

This is a opinion, so no source are needed. You’re not stating any objective “truths” (no solid YES/NO anwser is possible).

“But it is agreed by many people that the most likely reason for the fall of such a powerful empire began from the degradation of one of the most fundamental foundations of any society: morality.”

This is stating a fact: you are stating that “many people (implied to be within historical circles, AKA credible people)” think that “morality” was a factor in the fall of the Roman empire. I don’t believe you. If you want me to believe you, you have to post a credible source.

Plus, only quote the part you want to talk about. Having to scroll down through my entire post is making me depressed. It’s so long D:

Plus, you missed an epic opportunity for a “that’s what she said” joke. I even marked the spot with a “heh”!

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ancient Rome and the United States

Originally posted by cromagintwo:

As a history buff I have always found it interesting how past events can parallel the present era. As the old saying goes: Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

While this ominous warning is often taken very lightly by the majority of the population who believe history is something you learn in school and then forget, it’s near prophetic words are not to be ignored.

If you were to ask any good historian why the Roman Empire fell from power you would undoubtedly get several different responses, ranging from political turmoil to unsustainable power. But you would most certainly get several similar answers, which are undisputed by the majority of reputable historians throughout the world.

Reason One

The primary reason for the fall of Rome is hotly debated within historical circles. But it is agreed by many people that the most likely reason for the fall of such a powerful empire began from the degradation of one of the most fundamental foundations of any society: morality.

Because the morality of Rome became so undefined towards its end, a number of social structures were being affected – the number one being family life.

When the family began to break apart in Rome, defined ethics and morality began to decline with it.

Unarguably, when reflecting on American values the traditional family structure is clearly being broken apart by immorality and unethical behavior. Corruption on the highest levels of government are promoting this, while rewarding behavior that works against a well-structured society.

Reason Two

Political corruption is another reason for the fall of such a mighty empire. Political factions had their own agendas, serving their own needs while ignoring the will of the people.

This parallel is extremely obvious when observing American political leaders in office today – ranging from the run of the mill congressional servant to the highest levels of office.

A wise man once said a house divided cannot stand – a truth that speaks volumes.

Reason Three

Continuous wars began to take its toll on the Roman population. People were getting tired of it until their will to fight began to falter.

Over time Rome was stretched to its breaking point and the empire’s people were in a state of apathy. This allowed a super-power to be defeated by simple barbarians, who later would divide the empire completely.

America too has fought wars since its birth. Now the people are starting to become apathetic like the Roman citizens of old.

Reason Four

Because of cheap slave labor and cheap workers from foreign lands, the middle class of Rome began to be pushed into poverty – which is part of the reasons the family life began to degrade.

Eventually a middle class in Rome was virtually non-existent. Taxes stopped flowing in, the military began follow the coin where it was available, and the empire began to see its first fractures in its stability.

If we look at America today we can see a similar event happening. While we no longer have slave labor, employers are paying less and less, immigrants from foreign countries (legal and illegal) are bidding for jobs at much lower pay, while the middle class (the ones who arguably form the foundation of the country) are beginning to break apart.

Eventually only the elite were able to hold seats of power, which again is beginning to be paralleled in America. If you don’t have money to run for office, you might as well turn belly up and quit.

The Conspiracy

Natural disasters, mob mentality, and other reasons also lead to the fall of Rome. But none are more important that the primary four I have listed above.

It would appear to me that those in power today are very aware of the state of the American nation. But their selfish desires and non-compassionate views towards the people of this nation is leading towards America’s fall.

A lack of loyalty to the people of this nation allows our political leaders to sell us down river, while assuring their seats of power.

I cannot help but think these people know exactly what they are doing – and want to degrade the American people so much to the point where we are ready to break. This will ensure that we can never rise up in power to defend ourselves, or take back what belongs to us…. Freedom.

If we as a people continue to ignore the lessons of history, give in to our immoral urges, and don’t begin to use the voices we were given – then like Rome, we will fade into the ashes of history as another failed civilization….

I disagree completely.

Counter Point 1:

A 1/2 second google search for “social problems in the roman empire” reveals no links between the fall of rome and its social structure. The traditional “family” only existed to a limited extent in ancient Rome*. The women and children were legally and socially in a completely different class compared to the patriarch. Unless your father owns you, then modern “quotidienne” society and that of ancient rome are hardly comparable. Even if we shared a common social fondation, the link you (cromagin) drew between family structure and the fall of Rome is extremely tenuous.

Counter Point 2

The Roman bureaucracy was a fucking mess. An emperor would inherit, buy, win, or otherwise procure the throne, and he could do whatever the fuck he wanted. They had some good ones, and some bad ones. But, unlike in american, the next emperor could instantly burn down everything the previous one had built, and plunge the empire into total chaos. American democracy has its faults, but American tyrants only last four years. No civil war necessary. If the American people ever became angry enough that a violent revolution against the current two party system was possible, they could instead (angrily) support a third party candidates. Plus, the current system weeds out the really crazy ones. Mostly.

Counter Point 3

“Continuous wars began to take its toll on the Roman population. People were getting tired of it until their will to fight began to falter. Over time Rome was stretched to its breaking point and the empire’s people were in a state of apathy. This allowed a super-power to be defeated by simple barbarians, who later would divide the empire completely.”

The Roman people stopped supporting the army ‘cause the army couldn’t pay them, not cause they “lost faith”. Rome was out of countries to loot, and thus couldn’t support the highly skilled warriors needed to beat back the Germans, so the Germans beat back the Romans*.
Back in the good ol’ days of Rome, The “technological edge” amounted to two things: who had the better training, and who had the logistics necessary to support a larger army. When Rome lost both, they became just as vulnerable to the “simple barbarians” as the “simple barbarians” had been vulnerable to Rome.

Counter Point 4

The Roman Empire hit a economic crisis ’cause it was OUT of cheap labour. Foreign workers (slaves and freedmen) were the lifeblood of the Roman economy, and when Rome ran out of workers, they ran out of people willing to support the military and carry the economy. The “middle class” AKA people who owned said slaves/ employed the freedmen, naturally did not like this development. Rome responded by raising the taxes to a totally unsustainable level. The Politicians in the US are prone to error, but founding an economy based only on looting Mexico is not one of them.

In conclusions, the arguments you provide to compare the current American nation to the fall of the Western Roman Empire are insufficient to form any possible parallels between the two states. If you want to compare the US to Rome, find better examples.
If you find my argument insufficient, feel free to attempt to poke some holes. I enjoy it as much as you do (heh).

*1 As detailed in this link: http://www.pbs.org/empires/romans/empire/family.html

*2 This link also backs up 4: http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/8-reasons-why-rome-fell

TLDR: This is a horrible comparison due to how different the US and Ancient Rome are. Also, no sources given.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Tutorial: How to Troll

- deleted, since this post was needlessly negative. Still, I would prefer if people who destroy debates by being totally toxic are banned instead of tolerated.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Tutorial: How to Troll

Pete, I believe your definition of the “ultimate troll” is wrong. I think trolling shouldn’t be aimed directly at the “mark”. The ultimate troll is the the puppet master. He is in absolute control at all times. He know what people will type before they do. Eventually, the discussion is morphed, by his will, into a monster of his own creation. Anyone can destroy the OP’s self-esteem. It requires much more skill and creates much more havoc if the troll instead works within the confines of “civility” to achieve his goals.
Jhaco (my example troll), 99% of the time, doesn’t even need to insult someone to gain complete control of the thread. Ten angry people respond to him, and then are forced to wait for his reply. He dominates them simply by being ignorant. Imagine the Ultimate Troll:
No thread is safe from his derailment. We are all but his puppets. Our debates have pre-ordained conclusion, our discussion futile theatrics. By his masterful engineering, the thread becomes completely mangled beyond repair. Above all, we have no idea who he is. He can haunt the halls of SD ’till he is the only survivor.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Perfect example why the USA is broken. ( A must read! )

wut wut!

Looks like a struggling family was able to get out of poverty due to government assistance. Seems like the problem here is not with these programs but with their delivery. Possible a interesting debate, if the people refrain from rage-posts.

EDIT: Read the rest of the OPs responses. All hope is lost.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / [repost]Is Israel's Action In The West Bank Considered Ironic?

Meh. I think Israel is a developed nation beating the shit out of terrorists. That being said, it seems Israel is not really trying to solve the long-term problems in Gaza/West Bank. It’s comparable to Russia conquering Finland, building a bunch of apartments for Russian immigrants, then giving the new Russian neighbors free reign to beat the shit out/ steal from the natives.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Stupid People

[I had a longer response, but I deleted it by accident and I be 2stupid to retype]

In my limited experience, intelligence comes in multiple formes. I may be “intelligent” in history and science, but be a total idiot in terms of french grammar compared to my peers. “Stupid” people are usually intelligent in some other way.

For example, I know a guy who is super aggressive, a bit socially incompetent, and not the best with language. But he’s surprisingly strong and knows martial arts. If someone charged me with a knife, I would take his intelligence (ability to analyze situation quickly, decide how to properly beat the shit out of his opponent, solve problem) over VikaTaes.

OPs girl may not be the smartest academic, but she might be a good grocery-store clerk.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

If the rich don’t want to contribute back to the government, they can get out of that governments territory and go live somewhere else. Like Somalia. They have no government! No one to take all that hard earned monies! Perfect solution!

The rich don’t pay more taxes, the poor people don’t get a education and end up staying poor. Poor people with a shitty education end up being more violent and stupid. Hence populations with the wealth to support education/ healthcare and other systems to stop people from being poor generally do, so everyone can have more fun (less violence/stupid). Lots of statistics to back this up, will edit them in eventually.

The ethics of taxes are irrelevant; if you really want to discuss the ethics of taxes, start a new thread.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by Twilight_Ninja:
Originally posted by sanii:

Whats wrong with it being “just a transfer of wealth”? In canada, the rich:

A) Accept that using the Canadian education system, roads, emergency services, infrastructure, subsidies, ect, comes with a indirect cost to pay via taxes.

OR

B) Deny that the Canadian government has helped them in any way in amassing their wealth, and avoid paying said taxes (AKA tax fraud).

In canada, group B is almost universally shunned as unethical and arrogant/lazy/cheap.

I respect and appreciate the Canadian healthcare system (or what I know of it), but things traditionally haven’t been done that way in the U.S., for better or worse. There’s really no perfect system. You can pay high taxes and have no concern as to how you get your healthcare coverage (Canada), but I’m sure there’s often longer wait times. On the other hand, in the U.S., you sometimes have to scramble for coverage—and barring any unique donut holes, it’s there—but it’s often more timely when you get it.

Why are people talking about illegal immigration?

Because the thread got slightly derailed.

I think there’s is a BIG difference between bad wait-times for certain surgeries (Canadian healthcare issue) compared to getting suck in a financial hole that can potential derail peoples entire lives (US healthcare issue).

You did not address the main issue: Whats wrong with taking people with a abundance of wealth and giving it to those who struggle with basic humans needs (AKA transfer of wealth)?

I appreciate you responding in a civil manner.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

OKAY, now I get it! The government exists only to please me and to do what I want! I’m enlightened!

I shall now go and demand the government stops taxing me and provides me with a unlimited supply of donuts and pink feathers. Will keep you guys updated on progress.

*Was going to put something about how people getting government support usually get off it eventually, but ont have time to find any sources. if someone else could find some good statistics on healthcare/ social services in the US, please post them :D.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by jhco50:

Well, I don’t know how the healthcare in your country is, but what we are putting up with is just a transfer of wealth. Obamacare has devastated our medical community. It cannot be compared to real health care as it really doesn’t offer everyone health care. They are even planning on dictating what plan you must buy.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/28/gallup-peak-number-of-americans-delaying-medical-care-over-costs/

Whats wrong with it being “just a transfer of wealth”? In canada, the rich:

A) Accept that using the Canadian education system, roads, emergency services, infrastructure, subsidies, ect, comes with a indirect cost to pay via taxes.

OR

B) Deny that the Canadian government has helped them in any way in amassing their wealth, and avoid paying said taxes (AKA tax fraud).

In canada, group B is almost universally shunned as unethical and arrogant/lazy/cheap. In america, your “group B” is socially acceptable. This combined with your overly convoluted political system, results in (the US) still having debates about the ethics of taxes/ social services that most developed countries have finished decades ago. Thus, your (the US) government is advancing at a snails pace compared with almost all other developed countries*.

Obamacare is as weird as it is because its was gutted due to political pressure, and the largely irrational cultural fear of government in the US. That being said, I think (AKA guessing) obamacare still provides an affordable “default” for low income americans that were otherwise stuck with super shitty insurance or no insurance at all.

*map of countries with universal healthcare: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_health_coverage_by_country#mediaviewer/File:Universal_health_care.svg

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Saying something disgusts you or calling all “liberals” stupid* do not formulate a valid counterargument.

“Hey, that’s communist/socialist/capitalist” is not a valid argument.

If you want to speak for “the American people”, feel free to do so. If you want anyone to take you seriously, go find some statistics to back yourself up.

The constant references to a potential revolution are weird and irrational.

Why are people talking about illegal immigration? If you want to start talking about immigration, you need to tie it to healthcare. Oh, and how about NOT organizing a militia to kick all the immigrants. NOTHING could POSSIBLY go wrong.

As a Canadian, this is all insane for me. We pay taxes. Everyone gets free healthcare, and peace of mind in knowing we won’t get screwed by insurance. I don’t get why the US population is so hostile to that idea.

*In canada, even our conservatives are more progressive then your “liberals”.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

The argument against (religions are outdated) suggest that religion is consequence of human curiosity/belief and other such emotions/feelings, and thus religion is fundamental and impossible to move from the human psyche.

If that is so, how is it possible for atheists to exist? (If religion is the natural consequence of belief, then it should be impossible not to participate/ believe in religion)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Bombing Of Gaza By The Evil Israel

The way I see it, Israel is a organized, modern nation capable of ending the circle of violence if only it worked to build up Palestinian infrastructure instead of bombing it. It is immature of Israeli leadership to expect short-term solutions like bombing/ quick invasions will be effective in preventing future Isreali casualties. These incidents only increase support among Palestinians for violent groups rebelling against what they view as a tyrannical force.

I think the long term solutions are necessary. While I have no idea what they could be, I would imagine them having something to do with the building of infrastructure within Palestine, the creation of some semblance of a functional economy. This would decrease support for terrorist organisations and make whatever military actions against them much more effective [less new recruits, more trouble finding sympathisers an hence less funding, less missiles fired].

(Note, open to counter arguments and will comment again saying this post is stupid/ amending it should anyone provide valid counterpoints. Not a troll. Will edit if the argument is incomplete instead of wrong)

On an unrelated note, is anyone down with me making another thread? With the intentions of cutting off any potential infections by lingering trolls.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I love socialism!

I know, but I think it just kinda sucks that almost every thread degrades into this rather quickly, then dies off even if the subject matter is not explored to its full potential.

anyway, more on the subject matter:
“why there is so much against socialism and whether it really is the best”

I think, at least in the states, that the general hatred of socialism stems from
the fact that the two main parties have created a divide in which everybody hates (or at least refuses to discus the pros and cons) the other side, instead labeling them left or right. This is especially true in the media, where the majority of left vs right “debates” are actually an excuse for the network to bash one of the political sides, and no to be informative or create meaningful and illuminating dialogue.

I also think socialism is the way to go, but only after doing a thorough assessment of corruption and making laws to counter that.

In hind site, my previous post was just lashing out for all the dead and derailed threads, that failed spectacularly and made me look like a idiot. I shall now creep back into the shadows and stalk threads from the deep. adieu. (plus I really just wanted to type “hate thong”)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I love socialism!

What are you guys even debating anymore. Could you maybe get back on socialism, instead of slapping each other with hate thongs.

Maybe everyone should stop including little barbs before every point in your arguments, which results in the everyone else doing the same, which then results in someone directly assessing the barbs, the jhico comes in with insane (Its not even right wing, its just fking batshit crazy) weird posts, then everyone starts slapping away with those hate thongs. rinse and repeat.

If you guys stop including personal barbs/ attacks and debate the issue, the thread would be a lot more interesting, especially cause I personally am interested in what everyone thinks on the topic, and in the rare moments where the opposing viewpoints have not stabbed each other in the balls I found [this thread] very informative.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / why all the hate against athiests

Originally posted by vikaTae:
Originally posted by teh_hobo:

this year im going to be a freshmen

Yea, highschool age. This sort of shit will happen all the time. If it wasn’t your belief system, they would have picked on something else. You’ve plenty of time for them to do that anyway. Kids be kids – cruel, demonic little buggers with their hormones playing hell with their thought processes.

your Jack thinks you’re abnormal because you’re not one of the ‘cool crowd’ from his perspective. In his perspective, those who worship Yahweh are the ‘cool crowd’ and are following the herd instinct, in a life plan that’s set out for them. You’re shattering that comfort blanket that surrounds him, and making him think. You’re wrong. Right now he’s trying to set you ‘right’ as he thinks right should be. Save you, make you one of the cool crowd, just like him.

He’ll keep on at you until he gets bored and goes away, or it escalates into something you can press charges for. Most likely he’ll get bored and go away, once he’s wised up you cannot be intimidated into having the same belief system as him.

At least you know out of this, that he would never have been a true friend. Better to find out this sort of way than later when you really need someone to lean on.

also on a different note im not like most athiests
i dont believe in evolution nor the big bang

Scientific understanding and atheism aren’t the same thing. Just because you don’t believe in Yahweh, doesn’t mean you automatically gain knowledge of science, or that a religious person cannot be scientific.

Hell, I’m an occultist, and embrace the empirical data collection and analysis methods as one of the major tools in my search. Belief systems and science can work hand-in-hand regardless of the nature of the belief.

and i also believe that their COULD BE (not is) a higher form of being than myself that has influnce on the afterlife and earth and is sick and twisted

Yup, could be. Or it could be that there’s a higher form of being that sees our disembodied remains as little more than a tasty snack.

Where we have no hard data, it is always best to keep a mind open to the possibilities, lest you fall into the trap of discounting data that doesn’t fit with your world-view.

I discount Yahweh as a source of all creation entirely because of the data I have that he’s a psychological emergent creation of the human psyche. In other words for Yahweh to exist, humans had to be around first. That doesn’t stop me being open to the possibility of other deities out there.

I would never worship any deity, not how I approach the matter at all, but knowledge of what Yahweh actually is, means I can completely skip wasting time trying to serve that creature.

Why do you use the Hebrew/ old testament term “Yahweh” instead of God or the holy spirit or the plethora of other terms? Just curious