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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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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    And then again, what if I fancy Equality requires equality of dress, like Mao did? Or equality of capabilities, culture, intelligence, imagination... after all, this discussion started with the question of what society should strive towards. Am I to stand still while the shadows of the...
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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    Thinking about it further... let's say you have person A and person B, equal to each other. Person A then develops quality C, and person B develops quality D. Now, if quality C stands in relation to A as D stands to B, you can have value-equality, such as your example with flower colors or food...
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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    So if I *value* a homeless person the same as a billionaire, am I living in the spirit of equality, or some action to bring one up and the other down is essential as well? Where do we stop in producing equality? Do we handicap bright people from becoming rich, and reward imbeciles who will...
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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    Ultimately it does, because in an emerging system such a society, much like in nature, new features will appear at unequal rates and of unequal quality when let loose. If every element is to stay the same in relation to every other element, you need them to have the same properties to begin...
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    News In your opinion, what is the highest value a society should strive towards?

    why would anyone want to live in a world where everyone is "equal" to each other? Without difference, there is no life.
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    Really challenging IQ test

    What a waste of time, got a 136.
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    What songs are you listening now?

    Really? I thought that album sucked
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    What songs are you listening now?

    Judas Priest - Hell Patrol - Painkiller W. A. Mozart - Symphony 11 in D Major K84 2.Andante W. A. Mozart - Klavierkonzert Nr. 20 in d / Allegro W. A. Mozart - Symphony 32 in G major, K.318 2. Andante Alemañy, Jesús - Descarga De Hoy - Cubanismo G. F. Haendel - Concerti Grossi, op.3 & 6...
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    News Do tax cuts pay for themselves?

    So you don't believe in macroeconomics? Some in the Austrian school (to which I am sympathetic) maintain that economics should be restricted to microeconomics, meaning that while you can study the behavior of individuals, no causation laws can be scientifically established in the economy as an...
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    News Venezuela's Chavez One-Ups White House and U.S. Oil in Heating Oil Deal for Poor

    Forget about Bush or the US. As far as the region and its interests are concerned, Chavez is a threat. I have already mentioned why, but since no one listened, I'll succinctly re-state that charismatic leaders such as Chavez have repeatedly seized power in almost all Latin American countries...
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    News Give me feedback on my political essay!

    :rofl: you're doing fine... at around your age I was still half a Marxist :blushing:
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    Really challenging IQ test

    I did the first seven from the "ultimate" test and quickly filled in the rest at random since I really need to go to sleep :smile: and got a 99. I'll do a complete run when not half asleep. :rofl:
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    News Give me feedback on my political essay!

    I glanced through the first sentences, and read the last couple of paragraphs. Your presentation is competent enough, but is a little lacking in originality. How old are you again?
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    News Give me feedback on my political essay!

    First glance, this is what I found. Fix it. :smile:
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