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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Is Homosexuality a sin? on: October 18, 2014, 11:56:02 am
I voted for 100% not a sin, but I would clarify with three points.

Something is only wrong if you know you are doing something wrong, so if
someone sincerely believes that they are doing nothing wrong then how
can they really be sinning? If you hurt someone, how do you feel if they
did the same to you? (golden rule), so if you know that you wouldn't want
someone to do something to you, you are being a hypocrite (and sinful) if you
do it to someone else.

2nd point, Anal sex and oral sex -if they are wrong in any way- are equally 'wrong'
if done heterosexually. I'm not saying that they are wrong, but only what's the difference
between homo vs hetero?

3rd in a philosophical sense (until we discovered artificial insemination), since up until now
virtual immorality has not been achieved, our survival as a species is dependent on heterosexuality. (however small a percentage, if 10% of us were heterosexual, heterosexuals would have to average 20 kids instead of 2)

Of course all of this is self evident, and, at least for me 'religion' has nothing to do with it.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who will lead the Senate and when will we know? on: October 18, 2014, 11:35:41 am
option four is Harry not Harrry ...

Smiley
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Who will lead the Senate and when will we know? on: October 18, 2014, 11:34:32 am
It will probably be Reid or McConnell, I'll vote Option 4....

Kentucky is close, but McConnell has a definite lead.

with runoffs likely in LA and GA the chances of knowing that the Republicans control
the Senate before December are 50% max. Same for the Democrats.
It could be 40%D and 50%R as the election day result with only a 10% tossup.
Tossup meaning a given election that would determine Senate control is too close
to call and/or a runoff or some other scenario.

15 day poll so you must vote before the election
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who wins Colorado? on: October 18, 2014, 11:06:00 am
Gardner, unless things change soon (like I said in another thread).
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: A hypothetical map for 11/4/14 on: October 18, 2014, 11:04:54 am

This very well could be the results, although  Gardner currently has a clear lead in Co, so things would have to change very soon for Udall to win.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: A hypothetical map for 11/4/14 on: October 15, 2014, 11:02:36 am
Unless Cassidy is doing extremely well, Louisiana would head to a runoff as well.

Any idea when that would be held?
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / A hypothetical map for 11/4/14 on: October 15, 2014, 10:09:56 am
This is a Senate map but for fun electoral votes are shown:

possible D states
138 electoral votes

possible R states
141 electoral votes

no Senate race
243 electoral votes

likely run off
16 electoral votes


this map is NOT a prediction
this map is Not likely
but it is one way that the Dems could keep the Senate
Iowa and Kansas are close - this map assumes Orman wins and caucuses Dem


8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Dallas big bang on: September 17, 2014, 02:20:16 pm
The first day of Autumn; the first big bang and the final dallas.

two new episodes of each back to back.

Big Bang is my favorite show of all shows.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Nate Silver explains FiveThirtyEight's Senate forecasting model on: September 17, 2014, 12:44:30 pm
Nate Silver pointed out a bias in Rasmussen polls:

http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2014/Info/rasmussen.html

It is interesting, now, that he gives the Republicans a 53% chance of winning the Senate, which is close enough to 50% to call control of the Senate a tossup. It will be interesting to see how close this election is in key swing states like Iowa and North Carolina, which have been close in Presidential elections as well.
10  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Absolute Truth on: August 30, 2014, 02:55:34 pm
Although I'm sure the good Lord is aware of what the absolute truth is, and will reveal it to us when we shuffle of this mortal coil, none of us, being but imperfect humans, can ever hope to define for ourselves any sort of absolute truth. Indeed, to each and every one of us, 'the truth' is different, and this inevitably shapes how we look at the world. To my mind, it seems true that deterrence is more important than rehabilitation when it comes to criminal justice, whereas to another they might see the 'truth' as being exactly the opposite. In the end, what is true or not is, and can only, be decided by those who have the power to enforce 'truth'; the state, the Church (in times past at least), people of importance. What you or I say is true matters little unless we have the power to ensure that other people accept it as so. That might be because we are greatly respected by people generally, but often, its simply a question of whether you have the authority to, I wouldn't say compel, that in some cases is too strong a word, but encourage ordinary people (such as myself at least), to believe in something. Often the key to this authority is money or position (in a government for example).

Truth cannot be defined by individuals, because, as I have said before, individuals always percieve things differently. However, a society where everybody is simply allowed to find their own way does not and will not work, thus some kind of powerful body is required to step in, knock a few heads together, and propose a version of the truth that we can all agree upon, or acquiesce to at the very least. Not that this is a bad thing mind, as human society would be very bizarre and unstable thing were it not so. Note that I do not deny the possibility of an 'absolute truth' that God has, in his infinite wisdom, laid out, just that we cannot discern it. In my view, the Church and Christianity as a whole, offer the nearest substitute for some kind of 'absolute truth'.

I remember posting a thread a few months ago regarding that wonderful conversation in the Hogfather between Death and Susan. Death talks about having to believe in things that aren't true, otherwise they can't become true. To a certain extent, I agree with this, not neccessarily because I don't think that things are true, but because I cannot know them to be true, but, hell, I've got to believe in something, otherwise life wouldn't be worth living. The same goes, of course, for the things we are told by the Church, by people of great importance, for these are the things that give our society form, that keep it ticking over. Were we to declare an equality of all ideas, of all truths, then society would rapidly collapse into an orgy of murder, rape and pillage, as the people who believed these things to be right and proper would quickly cause chaos. Not that such an equality of ideas could ever last, as some people would inevitably band together to bring back some stability and to crush those causing trouble to them. Thus such a scenario is hypothetical, as it could not last for long.

So, to some up, I think there is some sort of 'absolute truth', out there, somewhere, but for now we'll just have to make do with what we have.
Good summary of key ideas in the pursuit of truth. thanks
11  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Absolute Truth on: August 30, 2014, 02:49:56 pm
What is love?
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite planet is our solar system? on: August 30, 2014, 12:55:16 pm
Pluto, of course!

edit: I voted for Mars, for right now. That's because I think we should be going there.
I would vote for any planet where any kind of life is found or which has a moon with life.
Since no life has been found I am going for Mars.
13  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Absolute Truth on: August 30, 2014, 12:46:30 pm
I have no idea what the absolute truth is, but to say that there is no absolute truth, seems a little closed minded. In other words I have no idea what that truth is, only that it could exist, and probably does.

I also know that there are things that are true. The most obvious being that there is what we call "life". (why is there something rather than nothing)
14  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Absolute Truth on: August 30, 2014, 12:43:08 pm
We could all agree that there is only one truth, but not on what that truth is.

We could, but that doesn't mean we will.

It could be:
That there is no absolute truth.
That the truth is always changing.
That all you need is love.
That there is more than one truth.
etc etc
You can change your vote and therefore you can try to convince others' to change theirs. For now I am voting absolutely true.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask Buddha on: August 30, 2014, 08:30:31 am
Who do you want to run for PA-Sen in 2016? In a Democratic primary, who would you vote for: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?

Joe Sestak could probably win. If the race hasn't been decided by the time it gets to PA, I might vote for Sanders, certainly not Clinton.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: A simple true of false question. on: August 29, 2014, 09:45:28 am
Although February(28or29),
March(31) and November (30)
are very similar all
beginning on the same day
in non leap
years they aren't quite
identical because they
each have a different number
of days
same for April and July,
and for September and December

January is always identical
to another month so the
answer is true

however in leaps years it
is identical to July,
while in most years it
is identical to October

for example, 2016 and 2015:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_year_starting_on_Friday

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_year_starting_on_Thursday
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What are/is your favorite 2014 Senate election(s)? on: August 28, 2014, 02:06:32 pm
You ought to have included WV.

My favorites: AR, GA, HI, KS, KY, LA, MT, NC*, SD, VA*, WV

*) due to Libertarian vote

Well, I mostly wanted to include the close ones. I could have included all of them but there are a lot.
18  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of this statement on: August 28, 2014, 02:04:08 pm
I don't know how I would vote in this poll, but I do support the idea of government support for some television (like PBS) and companies are supporting PBS by paying taxes. Perhaps this post is a little bit off topic however.
19  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Cool chart about religion and politics in the US on: August 28, 2014, 01:50:20 pm
War and peace are not part of that paradigm and that is the most important political issue to me. I would be in the lower left region, perhaps in the center of it where I am all alone. Notice how big the blank area in the center of the LL square is.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would you spend $42 000 from your piggy-bank on? on: August 28, 2014, 01:38:37 pm
Easy. New car and pay off most of my CC debt.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What are/is your favorite 2014 Senate election(s)? on: August 28, 2014, 01:36:55 pm
AK AR CO
GA IA KY
LA MN NC NH
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / What are/is your favorite 2014 Senate election(s)? on: August 28, 2014, 01:34:38 pm
For me, the close ones, because they will determine who controls the Senate.
KY and MN are interesting. The former because MConnell could be majority leader
and the latter because I like Al Franken regardless of his political views.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your three favorite avatars on: August 28, 2014, 10:24:44 am




24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this post racially insensitive? on: August 28, 2014, 09:40:02 am
No way. Not in the least.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Ask Buddha on: August 28, 2014, 09:27:24 am
Of course, I am not the Buddha, so my user id is not important.
Nevertheless ask me what you want and comments rather than questions
are acceptable to me as well.
Although I have been reticent in some ways to always be brutally honest about what I
believe.. the time has come for me to be a little more active on this board.
I am older than most of the 'forumites', yet in some ways I am called to this board
as a sort of ersatz community. Much of what goes on here does not appeal to me, but
much does.
As we 'grow' our opinions will change, so I can't promise that mine won't, thus causing
some confusion and perhaps cognitive dissonance.
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