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Topic: Is equality such a difficult concept to grasp?
Posted: 26 Oct 2016 13:15

It's not a difficult concept to grasp; it's a difficult concept to accept if you're used to feeling like you're better by the virtue of your birth.

As the saying goes ... "When you're accustomed to privileged equality feels like oppression."

On the competition front. Unfortunately often the measures in the competition don't directly relate to the outcomes rewarded.

Topic: do you believe in God?
Posted: 24 Sep 2016 16:40

Yes He is...

He paints the sunsets, and dresses the meadows with a thousands of wildflowers,
He gives us each other, and love, and these things resplendent to admire, and inspire,
to find the greater in side to overcome with His love as our power...

It us that fucks everything up... nuff. Pfft.

We didn't fuck it ALL up - we had some good inspiration...

All things dull and ugly,
All creatures short and squat,
All things rude and nasty,
The Lord God made the lot.

Each little snake that poisons,
Each little wasp that stings,
He made their brutish venom.
He made their horrid wings.

All things sick and cancerous,
All evil great and small,
All things foul and dangerous,
The Lord God made them all.

Each nasty little hornet,
Each beastly little squid,
Who made the spikey urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did!

All things scabbed and ulcerous,
All pox both great and small,
Putrid, foul and gangrenous,
The Lord God made them all.

Amen(to monty python).

Topic: If aliens came to our planet...
Posted: 24 Sep 2016 16:24

We are a class M planet. meaning water. The rarest commodity in the universe. If they have the technology to travel light years to our location then I don't think we would be of particular interest to them. We'd be like bugs.

At the risk of taking Star Trek classifications way too seriously... A class M planet is characterised by liquid water AND a nitrogen and oxygen atmosphere. Water is actually very abundant in the universe, unsurprising since hydrogen and oxygen are abundant throughout the universe and highly reactive. The reactivity of oxygen however means that it is not likely to be ubiquitous as free oxygen. It took life processes well over 1 billion years to start producing it here so finding it anywhere would be a good indication of potential for life. But since loosely intelligent life didn't appear here until recently, after 4 billion years and less than 1 billion before this planet becomes uninhabitable, free oxygen does not mean little green men, or big purple women, or translucent giant smart aardvarks or anything beyond microbes really.

If they did come though, I think they'd be fascinated with an emerging intelligent lifeform much as we are with our evolutionary history and the unknown of how life may unfold elsewhere.

Most likely though, if there are other intelligence's watching us, they created us and this is all some big simulation so nothing to worry about unless they want to tweak the simulation because it not quite going in the trajectory they would like.

Topic: What's your deal?
Posted: 08 Sep 2016 17:00

My deal? Straight, ace high.

oops, just realised it's in ask the gals.

Topic: What's your favorite cookie?
Posted: 04 Sep 2016 02:02

A delicious spiced German Christmas cookie my friend introduced me to, Lebkuchen.

Not sure the chocolate coated version is traditional but...

I love these and always make at least one big batch at chrissy to give away. Made them from a recipe not knowing what they were (described as 'cinnamon spice cookies - odd since it's just one of about 8 spices -including coriander and pepper) and when a dutch friend tried them he cried 'pfeffernuse' (a similar variant) as they took him back to his childhood.

Topic: The Gay Flood
Posted: 04 Sep 2016 01:44

I have known both words all my adult life but have NEVER called anyone by either name. There are many others I refuse to use. Why?
Aristotle once said, "Man is either the best or the worst of animals."
To paraphrase him, when we do things like say those words to others,
WE are not even at the level of the rest of the animal kingdom.

I've also never used either of those words. Generally I'll say a dam or maybe a weir, and for the other, a pile of sticks. I really don't see how they apply to humans though.

And very true about us not been at the level of animals when saying those words, except maybe for Mr Ed.

Sorry for being flippant. Hopefully I won't have just inspired some divine/natural catastrophe to wipe out my home tonight.

Topic: Is Sharia Law already in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK...should we worry...
Posted: 27 Aug 2016 18:43

Yes, there are millions of peaceful Muslims practicing their religion and should continue to do so. Radical Islam i s a political movement, and should be treated as a single entity. (edited to highlight bullet points)
Educate yourselves about it. WD is not wrong, and neither am I

Why treat 'Radical Islam' (not sure where the line is drawn - depends on your perspective I guess) as a single entity when it is obviously not so. Al Qaeda is different to ISIS and our response to them needs to take these differences into account. And whilst there are clearly political elements to them they are political movements based on religious interpretations. The religious element varies in importance as well. For the previous two it is central. Hamas (mentioned in the next video) may have come out of the Muslim Brotherhood but it is an organisation with more purely political objectives than the other two.

As far as the video goes. First off it's one person. An anecdote does not make a powerful movement. Second. We don't have the full context here. Without the full talk and a background on either of them we can't draw any firm conclusions. The speaker also has the power of the floor and the microphone unbalancing any interactions allowing a final word that often does more to confirm the prejudice of the speaker rather than the questioner. Here is the womans response to the video and subsequent accusations . This paints a different picture. How accurate it is we can't tell, once again - it's an anecdote.

Topic: Is Sharia Law already in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK...should we worry...
Posted: 25 Aug 2016 14:45

And, I fail to see how importing large numbers of hardline Muslims from Syria that even the Saudi's REFUSE to take in is going to improve the situation.

Why would you think that governments are specifically targeting hardline Muslims in their refugee intake programs. Clearly that's just divisive rhetoric. Maybe a few 'hardline' (whatever that really means) will slip through but most are simply people of Muslim faith. There's a chance that a few may develop extreme views but this is more likely to happen in an environment of us vs them rather than one of inclusiveness.

Some hardline Muslims from Syria.
It may not work where you are.

Topic: The rich don't spend proportionally
Posted: 23 Aug 2016 15:20

We accept the sincerity of your story and will assume it to be fact. That gives you an n=1 (call it n=2 if you include my history), relative to say 205 million in today's U.S. Workforce. This is absolutely not a statistically significant sample.

n=1 is worse than statistically insignificant. It is statistically undefined. You can't divide by (n-1) when n=1.

Topic: The 500 Year Flood
Posted: 23 Aug 2016 05:32

Enough rain to fill 6 million Olympic sized pools.

It seems the Olympic size swimming pool is the medias new unit of volume. But it does sort of lose meaning when it gets to 6 million, sort of like measuring 6 kilometers as 6 million millimeters.

If you'd like to borrow one of the unit of measures also favoured by the media over here then it's 30 Sydney Harbours. All only meaningful if you know the size of Sydney harbour and the amount of land inundated.

Of course the main measure is the amount of damage done and lives lost. And given the significant damage the amount of lives lost is thankfully relatively low. The advantage of living in a developed country. The equivalent in a place like Bangladesh would be catastrophically worse, and very little insurance and government support to help people get back on their feet and avoid subsequent disease. I don't mean to belittle what's happening there as on an individual level we all react as humans everywhere do but I can't help but relate events like this to those experienced around the world.

I guess the main question that arises out of this is 'is it really a once in 500 year flood?'. With weather events predicted to get more extreme it may end up being a lot more frequent than that. Time will tell.


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