• No doubt there is more violence in the Bible, and a larger amount of very graphic descriptions of cruelty and horror. They are both awful immoral books that cursed humanity from the day they were penned. The Quran however, is an endless repetitive cycle, you have the feeling you are being smacked on the head with a rolled up newspaper with…[Read more]

  • I read through the Quran when I was younger (I read a lot of Holy Books) and before I realised the general horror of the history of religion and power structures, I read all these holy books more as bizarre cultural artefacts rather than what they are (books of utter endless terror). I’ve been contributing to an annotated holy book project. While…[Read more]

  • As I’ve said before the article does enter into hyperbole…but it is not an unreasonable piece over all and many of the critiques against them are reasonable. It is painful to see heroes in a bad light.

    As for Enco I’ve seen these tropes a thousand times. Response: You don’t save western civilisation by supporting policies like racial profiling…[Read more]

  • It’s okay Jake. When someone keeps recycling the same tired nonsense, at some point you just got to start ignoring it.

  • Davis replied to the topic England football in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 5 days ago

    Scottish people were dancing in the street now that England lost. It’s hilarious. To be honest, the way English fans were booing the Italians during the penalties, I don’t feel sorry for them in the slightest. England foot ball fans are such an embarrassment.

  • Thanks, Reg!

  • Davis started the topic England football in the forum Small Talk 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    So I’m walking down the street in Edinburgh and England is playing Denmark. I hear a roar of cheers coming from several pubs. I check the score and it is England 0-1 Denmark. The Scottish fans in all the pubs/bars on that street are absolutely ecstatic than whatever opponent England is playing has scored. Mind you…this is in Edinburgh which…[Read more]

  • I would personally avoid the term “people/persons of colour” myself. I understand where both of you are coming from, but I recognise that a word can carry historical baggage with it even if in the use of the word the speaker never meant to convey that baggage. We see that kind of thing when people use the term “spiritual” (we have had many…[Read more]

  • It should also be pointed out (because often the obvious has to be pointed out) that calling out the more slimey behaviour of some of these guys is not the same thing as calling them evil or saying that they haven’t made significant and important contributions to humanism. We owe most of these people an enormous amount of gratitude for helping…[Read more]

  • being held accountable can feel like an injustice, even though the exact opposite is the case.

    Yes Reg. That line stuck out for me too. A perfect summary of how even progressive people can become regressive people with victim complexes.

  • I am with Robert more or less on this. Some of the depictions of the New Atheists are absolutely spot on. I would say of all of them the hyperbole is most extreme with Dawkins. He has unrepentedly said some stupid shit but it is ridiculous to lump him in with the bigger sleazebags of the bunch. I would say Sam Harris is a borderline case.…[Read more]

  • The how Adults get Indoctrinated led to a youtube watching spree on that guys channel (I avoid youtube watching sprees at all costs but some of his videos are extremely insightful). Highly recommended watching his channel.

  • Thanks Reg!!

  • While not a systematic study I can recommend Farley Mowat’s “People of the Deer”. He spent considerable time with Inuit Canadians as their lives were slowly being interrupted by Canadian interventionism, economic exploitation and general indifference. It is a very beautiful, emotional and tragic read.

  • I do not know of a single English speaking country that doesn’t allow home schooling Enco meaning none of them have compulsory attendance laws as you are implying. In fact only one single Western country places limits on homeschooling (and even then not entirely). Are you just against mandatory schooling (even if it is homeschooling or private)?…[Read more]

  • Yes. I’m sorry. I had read a long article on the story claiming that she had also trashed another teammate and the team itself. But now I cannot find that article or any other article that says is. So yeah I was wrong. Apologised. Based solely on the snap (and the ambiguous nature of “fuck cheer” and nothing else I would be in favour of her being…[Read more]

  • If an employee snap chatted fucking shit fuck fucking Bob’s auto parts,  and fucking bullshit garage that is slow to get cars out on time and fuck my colleague John who is a dipshit who was given his job for no good reason and fuck the fucking repair industry in general…

    I would be fairly surprised if they were dismissed and managed to win an…[Read more]

  • You might be surprised to hear this from me, but I find this case slightly less clear cut than others. It’s not as though she was mouthing off about her dislike for doritos. She was mouthing off about the voluntary social activity which she was participating in. And she attacked the voluntary social organisation she was a part of in an…[Read more]

  • Indeed Jake,

    Many free market theories are based on the idea that entities will make rational choices in their best interest. Analysing business decisions shows this is frequently not the case. People do all sorts of vainglorious, petty stupid shit in the business world (or follow hollow business or marketing techniques not backed up by evidence)…[Read more]

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