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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

I came across this short piece yesterday. Now while some may dismiss it as irrelevant, it did make me wonder whether being shielded from the reality of what firearms can do to people is allowing some Americans to kid themselves that their weapons are just big boys’ toys which can be used without any serious consequences.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should we give children guns to protect them from school violence?

It was compulsory for two years. After that you could either stay in or switch to voluntary service, which meant weekly visits to the local Cheshire Home, which was probably much more worthy but not nearly as interesting for me. I was a painfully shy teenager, and the CCF helped to bring me out of my shell, so for me it was a positive experience.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should we give children guns to protect them from school violence?

Fair enough, but I’m willing to bet those British programs weed out all the problem kids before they give them any firearms, and they probably give them more supervision than the typical American public school. That and they probably limit access to fire arms to certain times of day (they probably keep them under lock and key when not in use).

I was in the CCF for five years. The school had its own rifle range where we could use .22 rifles with live ammunition under strict supervision. We also had a large number of Lee Enfield .303 rifles, kept under lock and key behind steel doors in the basement of the school. They would have fired bullets straight through the sandbags and out the wall at the back, so we had to go to army firing ranges to use them under supervision from the regular army. They came from Elvis’ regiment, but were purchased long before he was conscripted, so there was never any question of anyone using Elvis’ gun.

We also had a working 25 pounder field gun, which could be used on the army’s artillery range on Salisbury Plain. I’ve fired some really big live ammo from some of the artillery down there.

There was never any possibility of kids with rifles getting out of control. The CCF is used as a character building aspect of the educational system, and as vika has said, firearms training is just a part of it. And it gives kids experiences they could not otherwise get. Going round a tank assault course is very exciting, but probably the world’s most uncomfortable ride.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah human shielding in 2006.

I don’t think I can really add anything to that. HRW seem to have conducted a thorough investigation, and I can find nothing to suggest that the organisation is partisan in any way. I have no more evidence than Dershowitz has that HRW drew the wrong conclusions.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah human shielding in 2006.

So Labayka, what do you want do discuss – whether or not they did it, whether it is an acceptable tactic, whether Israel is partly to bame, or something else?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / A Way To End All Crime

During the 18th century Britain formulated a series of laws referred to as the Bloody Code. This was partly a response to the number of thefts caused by the grinding poverty of the times, especially in inner city areas. The death penalty could be, and was, imposed for stealing goods to the value of one shilling, which even in those days was a paltry amount. Children as well as adults were hanged, yet these draconian laws had little impact on the crimewave.

In many cases, to reduce crime you have to look at the underlying causes, but that’s going off topic. History suggests that the death penalty by itself is not necessarily a deterrent.

If you are interested in this topic, keep an eye on what happens in India over the next few years. Rape has been treated as a minor crime for far too long, but due to a wave of street protests the government has tightened up laws, and at least four individuals are awaiting execution. There have been a number of highly publicised rapes recently, and there may well be more men on their way to the gallows soon. It will be interesting to see what effect that has.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / would a artificial human have rights?

If you’ve got any memory chips, I’ll take a few. And if someone builds an android, he’ll be needing some.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Parallel Universes

What do you guys think about this, how many parallel universes do you think you have created today alone???

Based on today’s experience, not many. Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / would a artificial human have rights?

…when the whites found the blacks, did they have equal rights??? No.

Some of them had equal enough rights to become Roman Emperors.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

I meant, there’s no valid reason to claim, there’s 100% chance for religion to recreate.

It doesn’t imply that in 20000 years, we won’t abandon this system forever. Thus, it doesn’t imply thesis.

If we wait enough billions of years, then pure chance will see an entire generation of humanity who are all sceptical about relious beliefs. And then the next generation will come along and more true believers will be born, together with people like Hubbard and Moon who will see religion as a financial opportunity. New religions will be invented and old ones revived. The chance for religion to arise from nothing is 99.9 plus a lot more nines percent.

You’re not listening to vika, are you. Dreaming up stories is part of what we are, part of what makes us human. We can’t get away from that, and as there would appear to certain advantages to be derived from that, we probably don’t want to.

Now I can certainly see a situation arising where the whole world becomes like most of us in the UK – generally disinterested but at the same time pretty laid back about people who do want to be religious. But I really don’t see it disappearing completely ever.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / why did the government fake the moon landing?

Rebuked by a thirteen year old! Oh, the horror.

It’s a spoof thread Captain, and I was joking. The same thing goes for the bit about abducting rednecks too, just to make it crystal clear. I know the first moon landing was real because I watched it on television way back in 1969.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / why did the government fake the moon landing?

he is talking about the first moon landings.

Surely not, I thought he meant all of them. According to a bloke I was talking to in a pub after about 14 pints, they were all faked. I’m so disappointed. I thought it was all a huge NASA in-joke to see just how much they could get away with.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / should countries known for frequent human rights abuses be banned from international events like the olympics?

That remark was slightly tongue in cheek, but in all seriousness there are none of us who are whiter than snow in this regard.

Me and thee are old enough to remember when both the USA and the USSR boycotted the Olympics. It achieved nothing apart from making them look like spoilt brats throwing a tantrum. It would achieve much more if, say, we all boycotted the Saudi royal family and refused to buy their products. But that of course would hurt too much to contemplate.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / should countries known for frequent human rights abuses be banned from international events like the olympics?

Wouldn’t be much of an Olympics without the USA, would it?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / why did the government fake the moon landing?

So, what’s the explanation for a precision scientific instrument array having been built on the moon, one which it is possible to verify exists, if we didn’t actually go there?

Aliens did it.

They allow us to use them in exchange for being allowed to abduct rednecks. Simples.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

There’re tons of people, who once believed and claim they don’t do it anymore. People are different…

I’m one of them. Perhaps I was born lucky, and my particular brain configuration allowed me to question and analyse, while others are more inclined to accept things at face value. Culture also plays a part – in many parts of the word your life will be forfeit if you dare to question your cultural superstitions.

Let’s kill the rest of people. What is left? Group who doesn’t believe in anything supernatural. Religion removed permamently.

No, religon removed temporarily, until the next L. Ron Hubbard announces that the best way to get rich is to start a new religion, and then proceeds to do exactly that, in the process filling the heads of a lot of gullible people with bullshit. You’re not dealing with the root cause which is that some people are wired up to believe anything they are told. Most of us are able to demonstrate an ability to accept conflicting ideas without even realising it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

So, Capt. Milksake, the $64,000 question. The people who will change the present social structure of America, if anyone does, are your generation. How do you see the future of religion in your country. Are the youngsters on-side with your indifference towards religion, or do you feel they are sticking to the old ways, determined to see religion remain at the centre of American life?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

From my experience the USA has a very similar situation then the former GDR. Atheists in this country are tolerated, but nothing more.

There’s a wonderful irony there. After the days of Ulbricht when religion was tolerated and the USA was the great enemy, it looks like the GDR has now become just like the USA in this respect. I didn’t know that.

I am aware that admitting atheism would be the kiss of death to any presidential candidate in America, but if our experience in the UK is anything to go by, that will become less and less important; people will just lose interest in religion. Nobody cared about Tony Blair’s religion, and even his long term flirtation with catholicism was irrelevant.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

I just ment to cast it aside for it has no use. people can still practice it.

But you’ve already got that. Practising religion is optional in the USA, same as it is over here. So what else do you want?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Religion Outdated?

Is religion useless and outdated? Should we cast it aside for its uselessness?

Who are “we” and how do you propose to cast it aside?

Also, would you mind saying where you are from, as it may help to give some background to your mindset.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Russell Brand: New disinformationist?

But all he really says is that there are huge probems in the world and we need a revolution to solve them. Sadly he has no idea how to make that happen. He uses lots of big words but imparts very little wisdom with them.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / relasionship truble

It sounds as if she has lost interest in you. It happens. Do yourself a favour and walk away. When it comes to a love relationship you have to be ruthless and selfish, otherwise you will end up being miserable for years.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / relasionship truble

Then I’m rather inclined to agree with Helltank. If she always prefers watching a DVD to going out then either she finds you boring or she’s a film nut and will bore you to death sooner or later. Been there, seen it, done that.

Find someone more suitable. Being in your twenties is not a problem. I’m in my sixties and I’m chasing a lady right now. You never get too old to enjoy the company of a good woman.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / relasionship truble

i want less of night of just dvd hugs n kiss n more fun

Have you considered taking her out for a meal/ drink/ dance/ film/ concert/ theatre/ walk in the park/ dirty weekend in a decadent hotel? It sounds like you’re not making much of an effort to entertain her and liven things up a bit.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Russell Brand: New disinformationist?

Has anybody actually looked at the interview with Christine LaGarde yet, though?

Yes, but she says nothing especially revolutionary in that interview. “We’ve screwed up the world economy and need to have a rethink” is what it amounts too. Brand agrees with her – so do I for that matter. But agreeing with her doesn’t turn us both into conspiracy theorists. Have you never agreed with something a politician has said?