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  • LOL Simon that was a good one. I believe that America does indeed border the Atlantic ocean, and if memory serves me…it is in the Northern Portion of that Ocean? It would make sense that the US were in a North Atlantic Treaty indeed, especially considering that the whole thing was set up in the first place to ensure US geopolitical interests,…[Read more]

  • LOL on the one hand you get Americans saying that they “save the world” including “defending Europe” (somehow despite failing to help former Yugoslavia, Georgia and the Ukraine when Crimea is invaded) and then you have others complaining that the same amount spent on US corporate welfare is spent on Ukraine (which by the way, still contributes to…[Read more]

  • It’s called creating a moral hazard or just enabling shitty behavior, which means you get more of it!

     I wish sometimes you’d reflect your claims and statements back on your own ideology. You might remember a decade and a half ago, all sorts of banks going bust because of the moral hazards set up by an unregulated or underregulated economic sy…[Read more]

  • It would seem you are asserting that wokeism is merely a fringe activity or a false narrative…without any evidence of your own. But surely you know that lack of evidence for something isn’t evidence that it is false, either

    I’m just going to hope, Unseen, that this lapse in critical thinking skills, is just a temporary issue.


  • It seems, Unseen, you have completely forgotten what evidence means.

  • Unseen I would be delighted if you can demonstrate that a significant proportion of woke people engage in the kind of bullying and cancelling you mentioned. Any empirical source will do. Conservative pundits weaving a ridiculous narrative, don’t count. I haven’t seen any evidence that it is anything other than a fringe activity or false narrative,…[Read more]

  • Unseen and Simon, you are buying into the ridiculous narrative that “woke” people (already a nebulous and useless term at this point) engage in excessive “cancelling” or bullying. This is bullshit. It is a phenomena of extreme elements of progressive sub-culture. Just as say, hate-spewing cranks are an overzealous element of conservative culture.…[Read more]

  • “Woke” has become such a snarl word by those resistant to social progress that it has lost all value (which was perhaps part of the point). I mean, literally anything that reactionaries don’t like can be labeled woke:

    • New tax funded shelter for the homeless: wokeness
    • Considering abortion for incest rape victims and allowing exceptions to…

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  • There are roughly 2 billions Muslims. Islam is a DRIVER of immorality.

    All religions are. There is nothing unique about Islam in the driving of immorality. Christian nations have oppression of women, assault against LGTBQ+ people (including murder), extreme financial corruption and abuse of power. It happens in Uganda, South Nigeria and Nicaragua…[Read more]

  • Pretty much what Enco said. If we look at Bhuddist countries and their democratic health we can see bad to borderline failing states: Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand. And with Hinduism we see the unhealthy Nepal and the growingly unhealthy India. Note that in Sri Lanka it is more a case of religion sewing division than say Myanmar…[Read more]

  • Throughout history, Muslims like the “KJ Reports” team led by Kasim Javed and Ahmed Ajmi, have never overly pro-democratic. It just doesn’t work well with such a restrictive religion.

    This is Islamophobic. Democracy is as strong in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Albania as it is in Poland, Hungary or Northern Ireland. That is, it is not the parti…[Read more]

  • There was something akin to Science before the method was more frequent adopted for inquiry about the natural world during the Enlightenment. Even Aristotle had a psudo method for verifying information and the Greeks had worked out something along the line of critical thinking. To say that the Bible was written in a time when or even during a time…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic They didn't do it. We did. in the forum Politics 1 month ago

    The truth will set us free, so..set us free!

    I thought it was the aliens who built the pyramids who blew up the Nordstream. So confusing sometimes. Gee, I just don’t know who to believe these days.

  • Indeed Jake! I have always respected Unseen, even when I disagree with things (and this is only from time to time) in a flabbergasted manner. Same with Enco (who I tend to disagree with a little more often) but I see as a contributor in good faith. I have felt the same way about some Christian apologists who have come by and debated with us in…[Read more]

  • Tell me, what happened to Unseen? He seems to have been replaced by a Republican doppleganger. Now he thinks that scientific debate happens on YouTube and Twitter (and Lord help us, Facebook!).

    Dr. Bob. You are a snake of a troll. I am not going to help to talk trash about a member of this community. While I disagree with some of the things he has…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Catholic Schizophrenia in the forum Theism 1 month, 1 week ago

    It’s curious therefore why you insist on trying to cast billions of Catholics throughout history into some monolithic, personified straw man. Institutions and belief systems are not people.

    No…we are referring to the claims that you have made about the Church Dr. Bob. Stop deflecting. You claimed that the Church eventually embraces social c…[Read more]

  • Okay Dr. Bob that is weird because Simon was convinced you were a professor in a University who we know to have passed away. Many members offered their condolences. So either you have claimed to be someone you are not, or Simon must have misunderstood something. If it is the first, that is a little deranged and you owe everyone an apology for…[Read more]

  • It’s arguably indoctrination to try to force people to agree with one’s views.  Teaching is not the same as indoctrination.  DeSantis is just being a jerk.

    Can you please give me an example of people being forced to agree with something in school? As in, if they do not say “okay I agree with that ideologically” they will be punished?

  • Simon, you could argue that teaching children that racism is harmful (and to be kind to one another) is also indoctrination. Or that “war should be avoided if possible” is indoctrination. In fact, you could argue that teaching anything you disagree with or at least, is even mildly progressive or controversial, is indoctrination. I fail to see what…[Read more]

  • Wow, you guys have really degenerated quite a bit, eh?  And here I thought atheists were supposed to be rational sorts.

    Groan. Nothing changes. Dr. Bob…perhaps you could clear up the whole story of you being a professor which passed away?

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