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    • Guns in America (Last post by MadHatter)
    • Quote: I'm not seeking to use any force. People should give up their guns or go to prison. Simple as that. No force necessary, unless of course a person with a gun decides they are above the law and resists; perhaps then force would be necessary. Yes yes arrest and detention is not force....... now thats funny. All laws are backed with the threat of force. Quote: My relatives and I do not own guns and we have not been robbed or harmed because of it. I am outspoken anti-gun, anti-war, anti-militarization minister and yet nobody has come to my apartment and tried to rob/harm me. Your argument is again a non sequitur: creating scenarios of fear does not constitute fact. Oh so this NEVER EVER happens? Crime is nonexistent? Im sorry but I have PERSONALLY had an armed home invasion and have had four men try to jump me. So yes these things happen and you are saying I should be in the hospital or dead rather then able to defend myself. Quote: I would rather just let the attacker have their way with me than live with responsibility of having harmed another person. I'd rather combat this problem at the systemic level than introduce more variables of violence (i.e. guns). Oh and you have the right to force that view and opinion on the rest of us? Ill take the responsibility of killing someone over being murdered or watching a loved one suffer that fate. Further you cant prove that guns introduce more violence crime rates have declined as the years have gone on and yet gun ownership is either up or else little changed if you do some research. Quote: Where are you get this percentage from? You keep using it like it's a known fact, but I have no idea where it's coming from. Oh you mean like the video you posted as if its fact yet it cites NOTHING? But here we go as these are the most recent states we can find as of 2013 2,596,993 people died (CDC death stats and according to the FBI 14,196 were murdered that year. ( FBI crime stats. So let us pretend ALL murders that year are from guns even though we know they are not 14,196/2,596,993 is 0.0054 or 0.5 or lets say 0.6 percent of ALL deaths. So please tell me again how dangerous guns are? Compare this to the 611,105 people that died that same year of heart disease which is 23% of all deaths yet I see no call to ban you from having that pizza or cheeseburger.
    • Well done, feminism. Now men are afraid to help wo... (Last post by Whyte Horse)
    • Well since this thread has spun out of control rather quickly, I'll just throw down my hand. I'd like to start by calling everyone here a nigger. You're all niggers. Not in the racist sense of niggers, but in the metaphorical sense. I'd also like to inform you all that you're bitches. Welcome to the bitches and niggers thread. I hope that by reading this post that you will realize that these are words. Words mean different things to different people. If you're truly a Jedi then you don't have to be offended. In fact, I am proud to be a nigger and a bitch. Quote: 9. Jedi have integrity. We are authentic to what we believe and are open, honest and true to our purpose and our minds. We remove all masks to reveal ourselves as courageous and noble of heart. We do not hide from fear of damage to our image because we know that our image cannot be blemished from the words and actions of others.
    • SW Force Awakens books (Last post by Br. John)
    • I have this one. Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens It starts immediately with the end of Return of the Jedi but only covers a short time period - not near the thirty years that have passed. I understand that time period (between VI and VII) will be filled in with more books. There's going to be a single episode comic that tells why C3PO Spoiler: has one red arm now. [attachment]
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Connor L.)
    • I'm working so hard with so little result... This is slow. Slow is a good teacher, though... I must remember that.
    • Your Inner Council: What is it and how to develop ... (Last post by Dessel761)
    • This sermon by Edan fits this topic very well. I feel that I use more people that I have known throughout my life, rather than God(s), fictional characters, or famous people. I feel a deep connection with my grandfather when I meditate or looking for guidance throughout my days.
    • From time to time a poem (Last post by elizabeth)
    • If you cut enough times with words do you imagine I will feel your pain? Will the guilt for being a cause of your turmoil close the distance between us? Will it change how I feel? Give me a new perspective? No. It raises defenses and rages, burns out all that was ever there. It furthers the distance until I no longer see. Clouds the reality Destroy everything and when its spent nothing has changed. Except.. Except I no longer wish to try, I have no empathy because, my love Words are hollow and meaningless and like the weapons you choose to wield them as, Sadness and love are passing storms and they destroy not build.
    • On War & Religion (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • its impossible to measure all of the kindness and the support and the care that religious people have shown to the world as a result of their religious beliefs - nurses and teachers and coaches and medical organizations and homeless shelters and missionary work and every day people who give a little or give a lot and have been doing so for centuries because their religion or church or temple taughtthem that it was the lords will or the path to enlightenment or just the right way to live yes it is easy to point to the harm and the violence - its much harder to quantify the goodness balance it was religion and religious thought which first asserted that life has any sort of inherent value at all yes, a lot of evil has been done in the name of religion, and without condoning that i still say that the fact that we regard it as evil at all is because religious reverence informed us that we are capable of and should strive for better
    • UN says Afghan hospital bombing may be war crime (Last post by Avalonslight)
    • One article I read suggested that the location in question was being used by the Taliban as a sort of staging ground / home base / etc for the region, with it being Afghani officials being the ones to say that. [ source ] So let's say that the airstrikes were based on that information. It wouldn't be the first time the Taliban has used an otherwise normally "don't strike" building as a base of operations. They've used mosques and other religious buildings, schools, hospitals, etc in the past. They'll very likely use such "no strike list" buildings in the future. What I want to know is if this is a war crime, then why isn't someone investigating the Russian military for their sudden escalation and airstrikes against Syrian land targets? Is it because they're reportedly just against terrorist training camps? Because if that's the case, then people should be aware that there are just as many civilian and non-combatant individuals in those locations as there were in that Afghani hospital, in the form of hostages, sex slaves, women, children, infants, and the elderly.... What if ISIS were using a hospital as a base, and then Russia conducted an airstrike against that hospital? Would there be the same outrage? Collateral damage, which is the term you're looking for here, happens in every conflict. Innocents are killed; buildings are struck that shouldn't have been struck. And it sucks! The problem is, whatever justification the US military used to decide that an airstrike was the best way to deal with the reported threat, will very likely remain classified past any investigation the Pentagon or UN or NATO or whatever organization you want to name happens to conduct. What information did US officials use? Afghani intelligence? Our own boots on the ground? Local reports? Satellite imagery? What if the information regarding the Taliban being there was wrong? What if it was right? When does the military have the obligation to stand back and allow known militant groups to use what is supposed to a safe haven as a base of operations for spreading their terror and discord? When should they step in? How should they step in? Should they have sent a special forces team in instead of dropping a bomb? Should they have tried to draw these supposed militants out onto the streets? Or should they have ignored it and just let things go as they were supposedly going? When do you decide the pros outweigh the cons? Because quite frankly, I'm not certain anyone is ever going to be able to fully, ethically/morally decide "yes it's ok to strike this location" or "no it's not ok to strike this location", in any form... be it on the ground or from the air. Because there's always going to be some kind of civilian casualty... And to clarify, I am neither condoning nor condemning the actions that were taken... Because honestly, I don't have the intel to understand the reasoning behind it. I'm just presenting a bare basic example of the many levels of consideration that had to be made in order for a strike to even be ordered in the first place.
    • The Imperishable Gem (Last post by Competent)
    • "After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one." - Cato The Elder
    • The nature of entertainment media (Last post by Star Forge)
    • Quote: Quote: I used to be a metalhead. I still listen to a lot of metal, I just don't identify with the subculture. I was really into black metal, but I got tired of it after I became a Christian, because I didn't feel like listening to a genre that is at least 75% dedicated to bashing Christianity. I don't like the metal culture, either. It advocates a self-destructive lifestyle. I know what you mean, part of my problem was that I wanted to belong to a community, I like a lot of metal, and so tried to fit into the subculture, as it's supposedly the place for the misfits. But while I love some metal, the culture is simply not who I am. This is one reason I puled away from the music for a while: I had completely oversaturated myself to the point of spiritual exhaustion. I do like me some indie pop and folk music, yknow? Quote: As for the video games: I don't mean to be pushy or preachy, but I have nothing good to say about them. I decided at the beginning of my adult life to live without video games, TV, and films, and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. My advice to you would be to throw out all your games, but I can understand if you see that as unreasonable. To tell the truth, in the past I have done exactly that, thrown out all my games. Unfortunately with nothing to fall back on it left a vacuum in my life and never lasted for long. I don't see anything inherently wrong with the medium, or film for that matter; just as with music, one needs to simply be selective. I like films and games that show me life from a perspective I might not ordinarily have, to help me gain a better insight of universal truths. Believe it or not, there are more games out there with deep philosophical, emotional, and moral themes than you might imagine. ;) Philo Farnsworth, the dude who invented TV, always thought that his invention was at best useless and at worst harmful. When he saw the moon landing, he was relieved, as he felt that his invention was validated, and had been used as a force for good, at least in that one instance. That being said, there is one singular game that I have concluded is video gaming's "moon landing." Otherwise, I have a uniformly negative view on gaming (though I despise film the most). I won't name it publicly here. I am writing a longass treatise on the game currently. It is a project I have been planning for since 2009. I may or may not make it available here once it is done.
    • Digital Temple (Last post by Whyte Horse)
    • Quote: Thanks for the support, Whyte Horse! One thing I forgot to mention is that the game does support voice-over chat. You just need a mic. Ok, it took me a few days but I got it downloaded. Now we'll see if it works under wine ;)
    • Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem fo... (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • Quote: Quote: By the time kids enter school, 50% of them have already seen speech therapists, psychologists and councillors....If any of the kids are unruly or don't meet the standards, the army of therapists, psychologists and councillors is once more mobilized. Is this really a thing? I go into schools for 2-3 months a year and I've never seen evidence of this.. but then I'm not in the US.. perhaps it's different. Unfortunately, it is here in Switzerland - if a kid shows any kind of 'abnormal' behavior, the first stop is usually the school psychologist, who decides on further action. A very good article, unfortunately only in German. It's actually even worse than I wrote above: statistically, 57% of all 3rd graders here have been 'treated' by specialists (speech therapists, psychologists, kinesiologists, you name it).
    • Thomas Jefferson, Jedi? (Last post by Br. John)
    • Quote: Poking fun at Old Guard Jedi? ;) :P B) I'd say some of the one's you call Old Guard Jedi would do well to consider it - as would we.

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