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    News Pressure on Pope to apologize to Muslims

    The Pope's words were harmless. What we have here is unmoderated hatred taking advantage of the slightest, most innocuous pretence to burst out into open violence. Apologizing only feeds its sense of self-righteousness. Either we stand up to these fascists NOW, or soon our very breathing will be...
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    Rich-Kids Loophole Means More Time on SAT

    That's really something... so one must skip class in order to learn more and better? I've always felt formal educational institutions are worthless and pathetic. Now I know.
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    I lost all faith in my education (mentally)

    I feel it is the opposite. Mathematics can be too abstract and formal, while physics requires you to look at problems through a variety of concepts, and then apply the math. I *really* wish I had the type of mind that allows one to move freely and carelessly through mathematical reality. To...
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    News Will the US use Nukes against Iran?

    All options regarding this issue are terrible. Will the civilized world tolerate a fanatical culture with a penchant for martyrdom and led by a neo-Nazi nut to posses nuclear weapons? How will the subsequent and very high risk of a nuclear attack on Israel be balanced out? But then, what...
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    News Illegal Mexican immigrants.

    Economically, they're contributing plenty. But this is not a matter of economics, but culture. Human beings are not equal; they're as different from one another as Confucius and Luther, and the civilizations they give rise to consequently reflect the unfathomable distances that exist in the...
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    News Spoonful of socialism

    Capitalism is the brightest incarnation of ourselves. If anyone wishes to glance at the beyond, she/he must start by embracing the human, not fleeing from it.
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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    Fair enough. Let me then state explicitly what I have only depicted earlier: the concept of "equality" thought of as a simple particular, ie, "every bright person should be able to pursue higher education", is of course something no sensible person would oppose. However, when removed from the...
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    News The What does Smurf think? thread.

    yeah, try telling that that to the girls I've dated... oh wait
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    Stay over night in a supposed haunted house

    Yeah, in what way is the house "haunted"? More than anything else, it seems to me the challenge will be dealing with the dirt and insects. And the pranks.
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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    In all seriousness, I think that a society should strive to push the human spirit further, to reach what has been unattainable to those who came before. That's why I cringe at anything that resembles past failures, foremost of which are the varieties of socialism. Every time someone mentions...
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    Stay over night in a supposed haunted house

    One would think those who dared you to stay over will also enact a variety of schemes to enhance your experience.... If the elements of cleanliness, some decent lighting, a good read, an MP3 player, and lots of pizza are provided, I'll do it for you. :biggrin:
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    Politics and World Affairs

    What I would like to see in the PaWA forum is the ability to post pictures. Many times I *need* to use a smilie not available in this forum to convey a specific meaning in a phrase, but can't because said smilie needs to be brought in in the form of a picture. I really need a very wide...
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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    That is exactly what I said... :uhh: think a little bit harder before reaching for the insult. It's hard, I know, but generally yields better results. :rofl:
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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    But not arbitrary, dictated-from-above diversity; only diversity that thrives on its own merits.
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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    That is exactly what "equality of opportunity" entails; reducing everyone to the lowest common denominator.
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