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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.


Topic: Beards or Nah?
Posted: 09 May 2016 13:31

I do not know why men hate to shave for a lady the just spent hours to look great when he takes her out. You guys are strange species.

You've just spent hours to look 'great' simply to go out somewhere and you think not wasting time shaving (if your partners happy with that) is strange. Now that's strange. Personally I reckon you probably looked better before you started getting ready. My wife wore lipstick and makeup once when she was trying to look 'good' for me before we were going out. Fortunately it was urged by a friend of hers because my thoughts were, oh no, please, bring back your natural skin.

Topic: Music: What NOT to play at a Wedding Reception
Posted: 04 May 2016 15:22

Marry Me, The Vandals...


anti no where league - women

for both their style of music and content

Topic: Past Lives?
Posted: 03 Apr 2016 02:49

I'm pretty sure several aren't making it. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/angel7.gif" alt="angel7">

No, they're all up there. Regardless of what horrific lives they've lived they'll always have a priest on hand on their deathbed to absolve all their sins to ensure clear passage. Which begs the question as to why anyone would want to go there. Certainly if you're a kid you wouldn't, spending eternity getting touched up by an absolved priest.

Jim Jefferies put it best...
"And what’s Hell meant to be like? Fire and brimstone? Eternal agony? That’s what written in the Bible; that’s God’s book. As far as I know, the Devil hasn’t brought out a book. We don’t know his side of the argument, right? If you ask me, the Devil and God are having an argument, and the Devil’s being a bigger fuckin’ man. God is writing shit about him, and the Devil is going “I’m not even gonna fuckin’ comment son, if you’re talkin’ about me like that!”

Let’s think about this rationally–which isn’t a good point for the Christians, rational thought… Fire, brimstone, and eternal agony: that’s what Hell is like, according to the Bible. God runs the entire universe, except for one place which is run by the Devil. And the Devil is his biggest enemy and they don’t get along whatsoever, right? Now if you act bad, you go to Hell. You’ve lied, you’ve cheated, you’ve stole, you’ve been a prick your entire life… Why would the Devil punish you?? You’re one of his boys! He’s gonna fuckin’ dig you! That’s where all the hookers and drugs are gonna be–they aren’t gonna make their way into heaven! I don’t think God’s gonna open the gate and say “Jim, you’ve been such a good guy. See this big-titted whore with a line of coke on her? Knock yourself out, son!”"

Topic: Past Lives?
Posted: 03 Apr 2016 02:36

As in reincarnation? Nah.

The molecules I'm made of have had interesting 'lives' before they became part of me though.

If you just base it on the molecules then I'm pretty much the reincarnation of every large living thing that ever existed, and many that still do, given enough time for the molecules to dissipate throughout the biosphere (especially when you consider CO2 and H2O). The size of molecules and the size of us make it highly likely, excepting many bacteria which are a small enough so that the chance that one of their molecules ends up in the bit of the biosphere that I currently occupy becomes small enough to be considered.

Topic: Intellectahorn: who finds intelligence attractive, and why?
Posted: 08 Mar 2016 01:58

I was seeing this girl once who could barely read. She would literally fuck up words she saw all the time. Like, Chanel No. 5 she would pronounce channel (like a TV channel) no (like the opposite of yes) and the 5 she would get right. She was the hottest fucking chick I had ever been with, insanely hot. She was so hot she didn't even have to learn how to read. That's a special power in itself.

And I was seeing a girl once who was also gorgeous. Mauritian girl with what seemed to be all the best bits of all the races that populated those isles. She was also very sweet, not an angry bone in her body. Unfortunately she was also dum as a post and conversations went nowhere. She named her kids after her favourite actors, bad ones. She was however smart enough to realise that I was only chasing sex from her, I'll give her that much.

But allthough she was stunning to look at and a nice person, I'll have much stronger feelings, including erotic ones, to someone with a brightness in their eyes from connected conversations and ideas.

Topic: If a tree falls... Your theory.
Posted: 21 Jan 2016 01:13

Electrons both do and do not exist. They only occupy space and time once they have been observed, prior to that they only theoretically exist.

That's not philosophy, that is a major building block of quantum mechanics. Not exactly fact, but a theory that has withstood all attempts to disprove it, so pretty close to fact. Apply the same principle to sound (not a perfect analogy, I admit, though the substance sound waves pass through is partly made of electrons) and the sound only exists in theory until it is heard, and then it actually exists.

Thus, the sound both does and does not exist. Like Schrödinger's fucking cat.

This would be a lot more fun to talk about if we were in a dorm room doing bong hits.

Actually, the cat exists in Schrodinger's thought experiment, it's the state of the cat that's indeterminate, dead or alive.

Similarly with electrons (though not sure why we're focusing on them for sound waves) and other fundamental particles - well everything really, just that the bigger and more complex they get the less that quantum effects are measureable. With the 'particles' the indeterminacy is in it's spin state, it's position and momentum, not whether it exists or not. They exist but as a probability wave, they effectively exist everywhere with a superposition of states with greater or lesser probabilities until interacting with other particles collapses the wave..

Whether something really exists or not until measured isn't quantum mechanics but is fundamental philosophical question that relates to anything. And really even after measurement, does it exist. In observing the toaster here I'm actually seeing the photons hitting my eyes from something that are then interacting with the rods and cones in eyes causing chemical reactions that fire action potentials down my neurons which then go through multiple layers of processing before the image I've developed is observed by the minds eye that my experience tells me is a toaster. Similar occurs with all the senses, and with our readings of measuring devices.

I could take the solipsistic point of view and say nothing exists but my disembodied consciousness

I agree, as bizarre as quantum mechanics is, it's the best tested and most solid theory in science due to the ability to collect prodigious amounts of data rapidly while eliminating unwanted variables.

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