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Topic: Off-topic / Fear of Failure or Drive to Succeed

I think that fear of failiure can create a drive to succeed.

You can be driven to succeed because you are afraid of failing.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Genetically modified foods

Genetically modified foods are only the first step in what will eventually grow to be the much larger industry of genetic engineering. Today we are creating more resilient foods with greater nutritional content. Eventually, we will be using similar technology to create fitter humans and improve our species.

Genetic engineering and the research currently being done on genetic modification has greater implications than just our food, the fitness of our entire species will be affected by this technology.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / If you HAD to eliminate one specific media, what would it be and why?

Originally posted by tHErofLwaffLe:
I say Books.
They are of little use these days.

Please don’t tell me you’re serious.

Technically, there is no purpose that a book serves that cannot be served by a computer, tablet, or cell phone.

If books were to suddenly disappear one day, society would be able to deal with it much more easily than if some other form of media went away.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Weed might be legalized here this year :D

Think of the money that would be saved without the “drug war”. Think of the higher quality of the drugs themselves when producers and sellers are required to get official permits. Think of all the new jobs that would be created in the recreational drug industry.

I don’t do drugs, but I still think legalization would be good.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should women serve in the military?

Originally posted by vikaTae:
Originally posted by fma1:

It’s not all about strength though. Back in the days of swords and shields, physical strength and fitness were a soldier’s greatest asset. But times have changed.

Not as much as you might think. Whilst it is true there is a great deal of technology available to the modern solidier, it’s all in separate units that must be carried on the soldier’s person. If memory serves, it’s somewhere around 100lbs of equipment, and would be higher save that’s the limit that can be expected to be carried for the long haul.

This is actually why infantry assistance units like Boston Dynamics’ BigDog were developed in the first place; they’re additional equipment carriers, there to take the loads of additional equipment the soldiers cannot realistically be expected to carry themselves.

That’s true, strength is still important to an extent. But what about when something like this is perfected and finds widespread use? Which I have a good feeling will happen within our lifetimes. Then, even marching infantry will not have a difference between men and women since all of them will have technology that allows them to have more strength than a normal human could.

As it is right now though, women performing completely equal to men mostly exists in support roles such as engineers and medical staff as well as vehicle crews. But as technology advances, that will change.

The psychological factor for areas not requiring strong physical ability is a whole ’nother can of worms.

Is this implying that women are less psychologically capable than men? I find this untrue. If they receive the proper training, the same training that the men receive, they can perform just was well under psychological pressure as men.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should women serve in the military?

It’s not all about strength though. Back in the days of swords and shields, physical strength and fitness were a soldier’s greatest asset. But times have changed. A woman can aim a gun just as well as a man. A female fighter pilot can be just as effective as a male one. A crew of women could operate a tank or a battleship just as well as men can, and having a mixed gender crew wouldn’t make a difference either. With the help modern technology, even if the average woman is less physically strong than the average man, they can still perform most functions with equal efficiency.

In today’s world, war is less about the physical strength of individual soldiers and more about the use of superior technology. The biggest reason why there aren’t more women in the military is because many people in society discourage it, while in reality, women can contribute equally as much as men.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / SHOULD ASSISTED suicide be allowed?

A person who is mentally stable who wishes to end their own life because they are suffering from an incurable disease should be allowed to do so. I don’t really see a reason why they shouldn’t.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Should people with MENTAL DISABLILITIES be exused for MASS KILLINGS?

Originally posted by Immortal7777:
Originally posted by fma1:
Originally posted by MonthlyReminder:
Originally posted by SpearDudezor:
The wonders of modern science will cure those ill beings

It’s funny because they are not ill

They are, but if you can’t see that then I have to ask: Are you mentally ill?

Spear doesn’t like psychology and thinks that mental disorders can never be understood.

Spear, you cannot stop science. The human species will eventually learn to understand and shape our own thoughts.

They may be able to shape peoples thoughts to make the believe whatever they want them too but that doesn’t make the belief objective.

Whether such scientific discovery would be good or bad for society isn’t something we can be sure of now. But science never stops, we will just have to see how it affects society.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Should people with MENTAL DISABLILITIES be exused for MASS KILLINGS?

Originally posted by MonthlyReminder:
Originally posted by SpearDudezor:
The wonders of modern science will cure those ill beings

It’s funny because they are not ill

They are, but if you can’t see that then I have to ask: Are you mentally ill?

Spear doesn’t like psychology and thinks that mental disorders can never be understood.

Spear, you cannot stop science. The human species will eventually learn to understand and shape our own thoughts.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Should people with MENTAL DISABLILITIES be exused for MASS KILLINGS?

They are not excused. The difference is that, instead of going to prison like a person who can properly comprehend the impact of their actions, they are sent to a mental institution where they can be studied and potentially cured.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / The problem with racism

http://9gag.com/gag/aoZeE2A/well-guess-i-m-a-racist?sc=comic

Way too many things get labeled as “racism” these days.

Discuss racism.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / How many years in prison do you think you could do befor you lost it?

Can it be a Norwegian prison?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Do you think that getting 2nd place is a failure?

Depends.

If you come in 2nd, then you failed at coming 1st, but you also succeeded at surpassing everyone who came behind you.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / You randomly get a female Gardevoir IRL, but you can't bang her or kiss her

Simple compromize: Gardevoir has a somewhat humanoid figure.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Will the next president be a Republican?

I don’t think the “pattern” is that relevant anymore…

 
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Topic: Off-topic / 69

Originally posted by burntfires22:
Originally posted by Ubermorgen:

Please drive a wet fork into an electrical socket.

Idiot.
You’re supposed to use a knife.
Also not everyone lives in America ERMAFUCKINGAWD

For a European style outlet, use a small screwdriver instead.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Why is the cage nessesary in a UFC ring?

So they don’t fall out.

Seems pretty obvious to me.


Oh wait, aren’t you that WWE fanboy?

Never mind, you wouldn’t understand an unscripted physical competition.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Guy got arrested for posting lyrics on facebook

“Terroristic threat”. By that logic, wouldn’t they have to arrest the band that wrote the song?

I doubt that this would go through in court. (assuming the judge is not a moron)

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Sims 4: anti-God?

But in The Sims, you are God. You can’t remove God form The Sims because the player is God.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / How far do you think humans will reach in tenchinolodgys?

We will solve overpopulation by establishing space colonies. We will create a self aware, intelligent AI. We will cure all genetic disorders and improve our species with genetic engineering. We will greatly extend human lifespan and learn how to stop the aging process of the human body. We will develop a full understanding of how the human brain works.

There is no limit to how far technology can go.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Direct Democracy

Basically, I am a supporter of using E-democracy to implement an effective large scale direct democracy.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Direct Democracy

I do not expect people to read legal jargon. Proposal descriptions would be written in layman’s English and the proposal itself would be simplified. If needed, there can be multiple proposals. For example, the local voting system in a city might contain the following proposals: “Ban Street Trading Near Places of Worship”, “Ban the Sale of Alcohol by Street Vendors”, “Restrict the Area Occupied by Individual Street Traders”, and so on. Each would have a simple one page description detailing the restrictions and the penalties for violations. These would not all be there at once. They would appear as the proposals gained enough support to be added to the queue of measures. If the city council thought that there was a major problem with street trading that had to be dealt with immediately, then by a vote they could move street trading regulation proposals forward in the queue or add proposals of their own if needed. Once the voting was over, law enforcement would have to upload the new laws created by successful proposals.

A similar format would be used for state and national level voting. The main difference would be the amount of signatures needed to get a proposal into the voting queue. Also, only national proposals would address things such as treaties with other nations, mobilization of the military, and other things conventionally carried out by national governments. There proposals would then be carried out by government employees under the direction of the government council.


I can’t see any way that direct voting could be made to work.

I disagree. If you think my concept is unviable, that is fine. But surely you can come up with a better response than “the entire idea of large scale direct democracy is completely impossible.”

I am interested in hearing people opinions on how large scale direct democracy could be implemented.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Direct Democracy

Originally posted by beauval:

Measures are put up on the system regularly and all eligible citizens are notified electronically when a measure is proposed. Each measure has a description no longer than one page. Something too complicated to describe in one page must be divided into multiple measures, each to be voted on individually. Measures can involve new laws, the repeal of existing laws, mobilization of the military, and anything else that is conventionally done by the government.

How do you propose to condense a complex piece of economic legislation into bite sized pieces? And do you really want a referendum on absolutely everything? You would have the public voting a dozen times a day on issues which they don’t even begin to understand. They would soon get very, very bored with that. It’s a recipe for catastrophe in about a week. But if it’s the American way, go for it. But I think we Europeans will just stand on the sidelines to watch the train wreck.

That’s the thing. Everything must be presented in an understandable way, otherwise people would simply not vote on it since they don’t understand it. When a petition for a measure is started, the starter must submit a brief description. Once enough people support the petition, it would be put up to a vote. The system would also prevent too many measures form being voted on at once. To give an example of how the system could work, each measure to be voted on is put in a queue. Each measure has a one week period during which it can be voted on and each week a new set of measures is put up, with the number of measures at once never exceeding a preset number. In the case of a national emergency, a measure can be moved forward in the queue with a majority vote of the government, which consists of only the president and his cabinet (which at this point would probably be better off being collectively called “the council” or something along those lines).


Also, if you don’t like my concept of large scale direct democracy, I am interested in hearing other possibilities.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / How hard is it to find a good wallpaper?

It doesn’t have to be those exact dimensions. As long as the image is large enough to maintain quality after having its dimensions changed to 1920×1020, you can just resize it in a photo editing program before setting it as your wallpaper.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Direct Democracy

Time: the not-so-far future
Place: the USA

In the future, the people of the USA have become extremely unsatisfied with the American government. It has gotten so bad that there are widespread protests all over the country, the government is overwhelmed and cannot calm the people. As a last resort solution, the system is completely overhauled.

Congress is removed entirely. The president remains, as does his cabinet, but all of the cabinet positions are voted on by the people. In addition, the government cannot act without the vote of the people. America embraces direct democracy. The country’s leaders can propose things to the people and the people vote. In addition, anyone who gets enough signatures can have their measure put on the ballot and if it passes, the government must carry it out. Basically, the government exists to carry out the will of the people. This direct democracy is achieved by using modern technology. All voting takes place online through a secure encrypted system in which eligible citizens may log on with their social security numbers to vote on measures and give their support to petitions for proposed measures. Measures are put up on the system regularly and all eligible citizens are notified electronically when a measure is proposed. Each measure has a description no longer than one page. Something too complicated to describe in one page must be divided into multiple measures, each to be voted on individually. Measures can involve new laws, the repeal of existing laws, mobilization of the military, and anything else that is conventionally done by the government.

What do you think would come out of this system? Do you think that direct democracy would improve the country? Do you think that this would be a good way to implement direct democracy? If not, what do you think is the best way?