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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: June 23, 2016, 10:37:48 pm
The EU will go into the same trash heap as the League of Nations.  Total failure!

Yeah, and when the League of Nations failed, everyone lived happily thereafter.

Perhaps this will make people reluctant to support multinational superstates in the future.

Unfortunately, people seem unwilling to learn from history,

The League of Nations was a multilateral superstate, I am ballet dancer, and elephant is an insect.

Sometimes, image is more important than content.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: June 23, 2016, 10:30:16 pm
The EU will go into the same trash heap as the League of Nations.  Total failure!

Yeah, and when the League of Nations failed, everyone lived happily thereafter.

Perhaps this will make people reluctant to support multinational superstates in the future.

Unfortunately, people seem unwilling to learn from history,
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of these main languages would you like to learn most? on: June 19, 2016, 06:35:39 pm
1. Greek
2. German
3. Sanskrit
4  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of the Nation of Islam on: June 19, 2016, 06:23:44 pm
Absolutely awful. Are unpleasant aspects, sects, and outgrowths of Islam a new BRTD Obsession?

I usual don't defend Islam, but in this case I will do so, the Nation of Islam have nothing to do with Islam, it's a just Black Nationalist version of New Age bullsh**t, where a group of westerners steal religious teachings of a exotic religion and used it outside the context it was born in.

     As an aside, the intersection between African-American culture and Islam has never made much sense to me. What draws black nationalists to it?

The fact that they've never heard of the Arab slave trade, I'm guessing.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: London mayor bans "body shaming" advertising (that depicts revealing women) on: June 16, 2016, 10:10:46 am
You'd think that right-wingers would welcome the new body standards, as they imply a renewed celebration of fertility (child-bearing is the reason that "normal" women's bodies are built the way that they are).
6  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of the People Murdered during the 'Dechristianisation of France' on: May 31, 2016, 09:15:19 am
An immutable stain on the moral authority of the First French Republic.
7  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Opinion of the People Executed by the Inquisition on: May 29, 2016, 05:59:42 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inquisition
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hamas on: May 29, 2016, 03:09:44 pm
Well, Israel did support Hamas as recently as the early 1990s because they believed, for some reason, that an Islamic fundamentalist group would somehow be less hostile to Israel than a Soviet-allied revolutionary guerilla group would be.

Islamic fundamentalism has proven to be less of a threat to Israel than Arab nationalism, has it not?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Naked Florida man sends dogs to viciously kill poodle because owner is a Muslim on: May 29, 2016, 09:20:41 am
I was under the impression that Muslims had an inherited dislike for dogs... was I mistaken?
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Best guitar player of all time on: May 27, 2016, 07:14:51 pm
John Fahey.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Assault on gun owners on: May 27, 2016, 08:50:57 am
oh. i was hoping this was, like, an actual assault, rather than an incredibly lukewarm, noncontroversial measure

"Hoping"? I don't think actual assaults on gun owners tend to end very well...
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which nation do/would you play as in Civilization V? on: May 26, 2016, 05:59:27 pm
Can someone explain MOPolitico's comment to me?

Alexander should be the leader of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Greece's leader should be Homer.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which nation do/would you play as in Civilization V? on: May 26, 2016, 02:13:01 pm
All those civilizations, and they still assigned Alexander to the wrong one...
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of 49.8% of Austrian voters on: May 25, 2016, 09:14:11 am
Funnily enough despite what clash said about "leftists" I would say the exact same thing about some leftist parties, for example the Communist Party of Greece. I realized a little while back that part of an indication as to why Greece is so messed up now is that over 12.5% of their population are murderous, sociopathic, genocide desiring thugs (combining the vote totals of the KKE and Golden Dawn to get that number.)

Didn't you vote for a communist though?
15  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Hypothetical: God is disproved on: May 21, 2016, 10:26:21 am
I asked how people would feel and how they'd live their lives if somehow there was 100% concrete evidence there was no higher power and no afterlife.

An impossible question for anyone to answer for reasons that should be fairly obvious. However. Why do you think this question is one worth asking? Now that is an interesting question.

Presumably, he wants people to think about how much of their worldview really stands on their beliefs about God.
16  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Is Mormonism... on: May 21, 2016, 10:14:10 am
If Mormonism had continued to grow in the hermetic direction that the late Joseph Smith was leading it towards, there would have been a significant chance that Mormonism would have ended up as different from mainstream Christianity as mainstream Christianity is from Judaism... but with the reformation that began in the late nineteenth century, it's more like a form of Christian primitivism (and if it keeps moving in that direction, it might become a branch of American Protestantism yet).
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Hypothetical: God is disproved on: May 20, 2016, 08:37:05 am
I suspect that most people's response would be, "Reject the proof".
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: May 19, 2016, 06:16:42 pm
He's right of course. Most people of both genders in this country are pretty hard to look at.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: If the last three posters were running for POTUS who would you vote for and why? on: May 18, 2016, 12:19:06 pm
TimTurner. Though I don't know much about his political positions, I suspect that he would combine a respect for economic justice with a level-headed approach to social change.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What do our resident members of the Party of Lincoln think of this quote? on: May 16, 2016, 09:05:50 pm
Horace Greeley employed Karl Marx as his newspaper's European correspondent.

NEVER FORGET
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: TIL that the Buddha Is a Christian Saint on: May 13, 2016, 10:54:03 am
That the Buddha is a saint to most Christians, rather than all Christians, is a point without relevance.
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: TIL that the Buddha Is a Christian Saint on: May 13, 2016, 10:19:07 am
Catholics aren't Christian?
23  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: TIL that the Buddha Is a Christian Saint on: May 13, 2016, 08:05:06 am
Am I missing the part where it says one of these saints was Buddha?

It's well-know that Christianity spread to India in the lifetime of the 12 Apostles.

The story of "Josaphat" is too similar to the story of the Buddha (son of a king - imprisoned in his palace because astrologers told his father that he would become a holy man - managed to escape anyway, decided to dedicate his life to religion after encountering a mystic along the road) to be coincidence.
24  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / TIL that the Buddha Is a Christian Saint on: May 12, 2016, 08:05:28 pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barlaam_and_Josaphat

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Barlaam and Josaphat (Latin: Barlamus et Iosaphatus) are two legendary Christian martyrs and saints, their story probably based ultimately on the life of the Buddha.[1] It tells how an Indian king persecuted the Christian Church in his realm. When astrologers predicted that his own son would some day become a Christian, the king imprisoned the young prince Josaphat, who nevertheless met the hermit Saint Barlaam and converted to Christianity. After much tribulation the young prince's father accepted the true faith, turned over his throne to Josaphat, and retired to the desert to become a hermit. Josaphat himself later abdicated and went into seclusion with his old teacher Barlaam.[2] The tale derives from a second to fourth century Sanskrit Mahayana Buddhist text, via a Manichaean version, then the Arabic Kitab Bilawhar wa-Yudasaf (Book of Bilawhar and Yudasaf), current in Baghdad in the eighth century, from where it entered into Middle Eastern Christian circles before appearing in European versions. The two were entered in the Eastern Orthodox calendar with a feast-day on 26 August,[3] and in the Roman Martyrology in the Western Church as "Barlaam and Josaphat" on the date of 27 November.[4]

Interesting.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Rfayette (read quote before answering) on: May 11, 2016, 06:40:39 pm
Here's the thing, though... if you're a person of Mexican descent who lives in the United States, that's obviously because you believe that the United States is a better country the Mexico*;

No, there are many Americans who happen to live in other countries but don't consider the United States inferior to those countries. I find it bizarre that you would assume this.

Why would you immigrate to a country that you consider worse than the one you just left?

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so, why wouldn't you do everything in your power to assimilate to the country that you yourself (implicitly if not explicitly) recognize as superior?

This doesn't even follow, and it's particularly bizarre in the context of the United States, seeing as that its history of immigration is well known and recognized.

If you do believe that the country you live in is better than the one you left, you would want to keep it that way.

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Incidentally, this line of thinking can be employed as a theological argument: If the God that Muhammad preached about really were the author of human history, wouldn't people from Christian countries be begging to immigrate to Muslim countries, not the other way around?

No?

God wouldn't reward the countries that do his will?
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