"As with any such group, things tend to pick up when new people post. But this isn't really a dedicated enthusiast forum. It's a small interest group that falls under the larger, more active AoM set.
Interesting stuff about Vassal. I…"
"Lucius - with respect, that's like trying to measure the effectiveness of our military based on the number of bullets used. Wrong metrics and measures. The numbers may be right - but you are asking the wrong questions of them. "
"It's not that we don't find fault in it. We do. It's that the fault we find, tends to be less than the faults in the system nobody was trying to fix before... and that some of what we do see go wrong - per Steve's case, is not…"
These are all over the place. You can find them even in Chicago for about $35 a pop. They don't pretend to be doing diagnostic sonograms, or practicing any kind of medicine - and for the most part, they are regulated thusly. "
"I should add further that "the president's business" is hyperbolic. And he's not dictating your morals, choices are still up to you what you will and will not do (you may or may not get birth control with your insurance). As…"
"Previously, your personal decisions (about your healthcare and morals) were just your employers business... and you didn't have very many options if you wanted to get healthcare outside of what was offered by them. As for the income…"
"I have a large number of friends who are either gay or bi...we've had those discussions; they know my position on the matter, and I theirs. Not only are we still friends, but it might have brought us closer! Deep discussions tend to…"
""It matters not that Merritt and Powers’s argument is so supremely superior to Moorohler’s — anyone with a modicum of intellect can see that. Merritt and Powers present an airtight argument. It’s a stupid law, as most…"
"I think Chuck Knight has said it simply...hate sin. To "hate" is to turn against, or away from. I hate my sin that is within me.
People of faith are tagged with "hate speech" because they believe that human sexuality falls into…"
"Hey there Braeden - thanks for bringing this to the Philosophy group...
Can you help narrow down what you mean here. For instance, define best. What criteria are you using to determine the best social system? Happiest people? Healthiest? Once…"
"And I should add - it is my belief that 99 times out of 100 - those extremist positions are not actually positions held by real people. They are usually a caricature held up by someone on the other side - either an assertion of what they believe the…"
Mid-thirties, with a wife and 18 month old son, living and working in Chicago. I'm a graphic designer/art director for a large consulting firm, and also run my own architectural and product photography business.
I am an atheist, a kalderash rom (gypsy), whiskey drinker, cigar smoker, kilt wearer, do-it-yourselfer, and poet... I am a casual (and perpetual) student of languages, go player, philosophy, physical sciences, mythology, literature and psychology.
I write articles for and work in roma-rights, as well as volunteering and acting as a committee member for other charities and service organizations.
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I did not approve your statement because I would rather not have a pitched battle on my profile. Feel free to respond on yours or a forum post, though. I would gladly join in. Thanks anyway for your input.
Te aves Baxtalo, I was discussing the use of Gypsy as a Slur and though raised where it was I fear I've become desensitized to it as the infantry turned it to a nickname. How do you feel about it in your life?
Thank you! ^^ though im still rather on the fence of atheism or believing in something. So agnostic might be the way i go. In either case. Thank you an i shall look around, as this is MUCH better then facebook, as this has more a purprose.
Incidentally, nobody runs me off. But I had developed the attitude that I was just going to continue to tell off anybody who wanted to fence with me, and for me that is a very unhealthy attitude. The whole thing had gotten out of control and I had nothing to prove to anyone, anyway. As for presenting facts, I cited a very good book on the subject. If you have a real interest, and are not just on a mission to debunk everything you hear, that would be one I would start with.
Liam, I've had this same experience in other skeptics' groups. They generally exist only to belittle others' beliefs. I've said everything I had to say on the matter, except that based on overwhelming facts, including radar imaging, radiation readings, testimony by otherwise unimpeachable sources (military, police, pilots, etc), and reams of documentation of people describing the same types of craft, I can only conclude that something is going on. I just want to know what it is, and to have people say that all that doesn't even exist, well, it just makes me want to throw my hands up and say "whatever." I was only trying to make conversation, not convince you or anybody else of anything, especially when your minds are clearly already made up. Finally the negativity was just too much of a waste of my time. No hard feelings. I would've sent you a personal message, but it won't work for me and nobody seems to want to fix it.
"Why does it need to expand further into society? Why is it your responsibility to take care of me, and mine yo take care of you? How about we all take care of our own damn selves and leave everyone else alone so long as they are not hurting anyone…"
"I too made some financial mistakes in my past...
Without knowing the details (nor do I want them) of your finances it's hard to point you in a specific, calculated direction. I would start with just paying the basics first and…"
"He's a simple, hard-working, poorly educated man who doesn't want to lose his ranch and way of life to a government he sees intent on doing just that, as proven by the disappearance of the once dozens of ranches around him in the not so…"
"I don't have a problem with occasional use, hey, carbon monoxide is bad for us too, but buying in bulk hints at frequent downing of the stuff.
Yea, sugar I hear is better, just like margarine is actually worse for you than butter."
"I find it unconscionably arrogant to be so enamored with your own ideology to believe it should literally be imposed on everybody else, against their will, for their own good.
Garden-variety statism. Luckily, we have a…"
"Tim, amen to that.
A few years ago, after becoming aware that I was starving for male company, I sent an email to someone who was an acquaintance over a decade ago. He had asked me on a canoe trip together, and I have never forgot his kindness in…"