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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: January 25, 2022, 03:09:35 PM »

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Tax rates are not comparable across countries. Tax regulation is incredibly complex and an apples-to-apples comparison is fundamentally impossible. Ireland could raise nominal rates to 50% and still end up being a tax haven with the right regulatory framework.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: FL GOP are homophobic crybabies
« on: January 23, 2022, 02:58:26 AM »
No. If people don’t like what is being taught then withdraw your kids from public education instead of wasting government resources.

Binary and boring thought processes lead to that response. Put more effort in or be doomed to talk only to Tom and Thork forever and ever.

There is nothing oppressive about having knowledge taught.

That depends entirely on what you think constitutes 'knowledge' and 'oppression'.

Do these parents not have a strong enough tie with their kids to indoctrinate them in to their preferred world view?

Why should a public school the parents fund with their own money be opposed to their worldview in the first place?

People who feel threatened by dissemination of knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity are sad little cave people.

Emotional gibberish.

These cave people have options available to them already to avoid this, but the GOP, in their effort to try and remain socially relevant (they aren’t, pretty much every social issue has the more liberal view favored by a majority of Americans), they want to empower the losers that are scared of the gays to sue people. There is nothing conservative about this. The only reason they are passing these litigation-style bills is to try and end around the constitution because they know it’s nonsense that would never survive a challenge.

The GOP is putting up bills that they think their voters want. They might be correct. Acting upset that representatives are representing their voters is quite silly.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: FL GOP are homophobic crybabies
« on: January 22, 2022, 06:18:44 PM »
A true conservative principle would be to encourage the people who don’t want to participate in public education

That's exactly what this is, though.

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According to the bill, parents may take legal action against their child’s school district and be awarded damages if they believe any of its policies infringe on their “fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children.”

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Other advocates have criticized the language of one of the Florida bill’s provisions, which would require educators and administrators to effectively “out” known LGBTQ+ students to their parents without their consent.

It's requiring the state to report and concede power to the parents. Public schools should be beholden to a parents' wishes. The government shouldn't have the ultimate say in what your children are taught and it definitely shouldn't withhold information from parents.

Of course pro-government entities are framing this in "it's hateful against the gays!" because that pushes all your correct moral buttons. Convincing people their side is the moral high ground is paramount in ensuring you maintain control over them. It's what makes organized religion so powerful; it's what makes political parties so powerful; it's why you make these "righteous indignation" posts. "We must protect 'the oppressed' from 'the man' by telling 'the man' to oppress the people." is really a hot take coming from you.

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Quote from: Joe Biden
Poor kids are just as bright as white kids.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/08/09/joe-biden-poor-kids-bright-white-kids-newday-berman-vpx.cnn

Many people who make fun of Mitch McConnell for his comment are the same ones that voted for Biden. Probably under the reasoning that Biden obviously didn't mean it the way it sounded.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Britain's Pedo Prince
« on: January 18, 2022, 02:11:58 AM »
All of the British royals are pedos.
All of the American Royal Family would be pedos.  The British Royal Family are paedos.

That's very paedantic of you.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Britain's Pedo Prince
« on: January 17, 2022, 02:59:28 AM »
All of the British royals are pedos.

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Technology & Information / Re: Cars
« on: December 01, 2021, 02:36:38 PM »
I also very much like custom jeeps. Too bad I'm poor.

I'm slightly less poor than I was then so now I have a jeep truck.


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Yes, I'm sure all the child molesters in America are terrified that some rich spoiled Punk is going to randomly shoot them.

They should be.

Unfortunately,  the 17 year old punk wandering the streets with a rifle in my neighborhood was gunned down by the cops before he could kill any child molesters.

Well sometimes the child molesters win.

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The fact of the matter is that anyone upset about the Rittenhouse trial sees a pedo getting shot in the pelvis and thinks "that could have been me!" It's certainly scary for the grab-the-minors demographic.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: November 19, 2021, 11:51:48 PM »
What makes you think that? The Republican nomination for 2024 is his if he wants it, and if he runs again, I'd say he has a very good chance of winning.

If Joe Biden can defeat you in an election and turn Georgia blue, you have lost now and forever again.

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Ok, I was mistaken that he traveled with the weapon. It doesn't functionally change the argument that he was acting as a vigilante. He was expecting violence, he was there to protect a car dealership, he had a deadly weapon. Is any of that not factual?

Having a deadly weapon isn't representative of "acting as a vigilante". I have a deadly weapon pretty often. A lot of people do. Are there a bunch of crypto-vigilantes running out there right now? And of course he was expecting violence, it was a riot, people were setting things on fire. What was he supposed to do, expect a kind and orderly group of good people on their way to church?

So? How is a law like this supposed to be enforced if cops aren't IDing people who look like minors and are carrying a weapon?

Even if the cops did ask for ID, so what? It's not against the law for a 17 year old to open carry a rifle in Wisconsin, which is why the charge was thrown out.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/08/29/fact-check-video-police-thanked-kyle-rittenhouse-gave-him-water/5661804002/

Those police and their dastardly *checks notes* giving people water.

The charge was thrown out because of the length of the barrel (a silly loophole, but whatever). That's not something that would have been obvious to the cops. But I see your point. IDing him might not have prevented anything.

An AR-15 having a long barrel is absolutely considered obvious.

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No... He definitely expressly stated his intent was to act as a vigilante. Mind you, he didn't use that specific word. But his stated purpose for traveling to Kenosha with his assault rifle in tow was to protect a local business in an area where he expected there to be violence. That's literally what vigilantism is. Generalize it, and you have the definition of vigilantism.

Okay, none of that happened. Next.

Because he looks like a minor. Store clerks are expected to card anyone who looks like they could be under 35 that tries to buy a pack of cigarettes.

They're cops, not cashiers, Roundy.

Weird that you're so flippant about this given that three people are dead because they didn't ask for his ID.

Three people? Really? Just goes to show that you're yet another person who hasn't watched the trial or the videos. Sad! Kyle didn't even interact with the cops until after the shooting. Are cops supposed to omnipotently teleport around the region asking for IDs?

you Righties

lmao

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: President Joe Biden
« on: November 19, 2021, 08:50:01 PM »
Unless the 2024 democratic ticket is devoid of both Biden and Harris it's likely we're in for another 4 years of the Donald.

There is a virtually 0% chance that Trump wins ever again.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Not Guilty!
« on: November 19, 2021, 07:42:23 PM »
One would think that the leftist media would step back and reconsider calling a defendant a domestic terrorist... Joy Reid.

But no, they double down with headlines like this...

"Kyle Rittenhouse trial was designed to protect white conservatives who kill"- MSNBC
If you can read this without puking... https://www.msnbc.com/the-reidout/reidout-blog/kyle-rittenhouse-acquitted-homicide-rcna5748

The meltdown will be amusing to watch.  Pop the popcorn

We don't need two Rittenhouse threads, merging this with the other one.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Eugenics
« on: November 19, 2021, 03:02:46 PM »
We could absolutely breed out the impulse to murder or steal, but those impulses come from want and desire and drive.

Those are both two pretty big assumptions. Are murdering and stealing just fundamentally results of some 'incorrect' genes getting passed around? Do some populations exhibit those genes more than others?

You'd have to breed out jealousy, greed, revenge, the impulses that may cause someone to want to murder or steal.

There are plenty of murders and thefts that don't have anything to do with those emotions or any emotion at all. Kleptomania, for example, has not been shown to correlate with the actual desire of the item in question. What you've stated is the observation of criminal behavior through a lens of neurotypical motives. Generally speaking, there isn't a lot to go on in regards to the fundamental reason for many crimes, as people in general have a hard time explaining why they do what they do. The brain itself still comes across as a 'black box' of sensory inputs and outputs. What occurs between the two is mostly unknown aside from a few cursory correlations.

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Why would the defense want a mistrial if they're winning and the law is 100% on their side?

 A mistrial with prejudice means they can't try Kyle again, it's an automatic win, and the worst the judge can say is 'no'. Why not ask?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Eugenics
« on: November 17, 2021, 03:48:26 PM »
An author, Iain Banks, whose books I have been reading, turns out to have some pretty interesting beliefs. He is a very blunt supporter of eugenics and yet he's also obviously supportive of communism. The real communism, the stateless, classless society kind; as opposed to the authoritarian tankie meme communism we have today.

In his books, there is an ultra-mega-super-advanced society that has no government, no classes, no scarcity of any form. Labor is required by no one; it is all done by fully autonomous machines. There is no form of regulation or laws, even against murder or rape. People just... don't do that (most of the time). Why? Well, because they were programmed not to do it!

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/05/15/iain.banks/#cnnSTCText

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CNN: One of the most compelling aspects of the Culture's society is that it's post-scarcity: no one wants for anything, people aren't hungry, everyone is clothed. Do you think it's within humanity's nature to build a society like that?

Iain M. Banks: Arguably not. This is why the Culture isn't us. I thought long and hard about this long before the books were published and decided, that the Culture wasn't going to be us in the future, it would be humanoid, they could kind of pass for us, because I'm not sure that we are.

It's a very pessimistic thing to say that we do seem to be wedded to war and destruction and torture and racism and sexism -- all the horrible things, all the xenophobic things -- we seem to have a xenophobic gene sequence. I think we should genetically modify ourselves, frankly -- if we could identify the bit that causes all the horrible things we can knock it out and become nicer people.

Normally, we have eugenics arguments spouted by what most would call 'right-leaning' ideologies such as Fascism. It's interesting for an author to have written such an amazing communist utopia, then turn around and say the only way we can achieve it is by reprogramming humanity into it.

I'm not even sure he's wrong. Is such a society possible without some hardcore gene editing changing the face of humanity? Is there a 'selfish gene' we can delete? Maybe eugenics isn't that bad! Is an idealistic utopia worth the cost of programming people to be inclined to enjoy it?

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All closing arguments have been made. The jury will begin their deliberations tomorrow. Despite the shit show and (in my opinion) innocence of Rittenhouse, they could still find him guilty. We will see soon.

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