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  • PierzStyx's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:44 PM
    And this is exactly it. Shows like 24 program the masses into thinking torture can be effective and moral, thus getting them to moralize and justify it when it happens in reality. Reality is that torture simply does not work and has never given actionable intel, not even in the "ticking bomb" scenario.
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    Yesterday, 05:43 PM
    Oh bullcrap. Conservatives would LOVE this sort of thing. It would allow them to silence the real threats- libertarians and anarchists.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    This is exactly what I would do. It is, I think, what any smart person would do. Especially one planning to bring about radical change. Not that Trump is necessarily wanting to implement radical change. But this is what he should do if he were. If you're going to tear down everything (or anything!) the system loves and treasures, you don't want that system to see it coming. You absolutely do not. So keep up those phone calls to Obama, Trump! Half an hour a day, at least! Convince him you would *ne-e-e-ver* prosecute Hillary, oh no. No reason to tarnish yourself by issuing a pardon.
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    Yesterday, 03:18 PM
    Actually, there is a different chart that would show why it's so "hard" -- and would be so undesirable! -- to "fix" the diversity "problem" in tech.
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    Yesterday, 01:23 PM
    Don't let Francisco D'Anconia hear you say that. In fact, best to not let anyone intelligent hear you say that. :) Just some good advice! “So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil? “When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears not all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor–your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?
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    Yesterday, 11:34 AM
    That is why you are not rich. And probably will not be put in charge of budget...anything, much less budget-reduction, any time soon. I hope. :)
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    Yesterday, 10:16 AM
    These are, of course, actually spyware/adware/annoying-or-unscrupulous-ware, but relatively benign examples. Bonzi Buddy actually can be pretty funny and entertaining to little kids -- sometimes people actually want it on their computers (such as, perhaps, Suzanimal's son). Oh, whoops, I didn't catch "Flash". Yeah, that's a virus. Delete it. That is actually high truth-value. Anyway, well-done, funny article, Tim. Thanks for posting.
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    Yesterday, 10:05 AM
    No: it is a traditionalist attitude. An old-fashioned attitude, if you will. An attitude, the courageous and conscious adoption of which will save our civilization.
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    Yesterday, 10:02 AM
    Surely The_Donald, by a couple orders of magnitude. https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald
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    Yesterday, 09:59 AM
    Hmm. Actually, what counts in reality is, well: reality! Since I put a high priority on reality, that is what counts to me. Dollars and cents are very important to reality. If, let us say, the federal budget were $100 Billion dollars, just how oppressive is that government going to be? It will be a whole lot less oppressive than the one now, maybe than you can even imagine! Let them pass all the horrible laws they want -- who cares? It hardly even matters! I mean, it would matter, but on a scale a whole order of magnitude (or two!) less than it matters: how much money are they spending? How many resources, that is, do they have access to and are using, to oppress us? In terms of worthwhile political goals, cutting the budget is everything. Cutting the budget is everything. That is the fountain from which everything else flows. Cutting the budget is everything.
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:47 AM
    Oh, well if one is "$20,000,000,000.00" in debt, then the amount in question will pay off fully one-fifth of your debt. Do it five more times and you're done. I am very glad I could help you with your mathematical query. I do not give pennies to bums in the street. If you do, that may be your problem. One penny at a time is, in fact, how budgeting is done. I do not expect that you have any capability to relate to this nor understand it, Mr. SCM, but it is true. Wealthy people are far more assiduous, statistically speaking, at tracking every single spending event and expense they occur than people who, well, do not have that ability and fail to accumulate any wealth. Each penny adds up, and before you know it you have saved enough to live off the interest. Or, conversely, you have flung and flitted away all those lottery winnings. In this case, $4 billion dollars is actually .2% of the total federal budget. This is, for scale reference: twenty times the savings you would get by eliminating, completely eliminating, the National Endowment for the Arts (which I obviously support eliminating also). It is nine times what you'd get by scrapping all funding for PBS, NPR, and all other Public Broadcasting (scrap, baby, scrap!). Now even though *I* support burning these things to the ground, no one else actually does, and it would be very difficult to push through the elimination of the NEA, much less of public broadcasting funding. So cutting on a scale twenty times bigger is really very, very good. Continue making cuts of this size every day, once a day, for a year, and by the end you have cut and eliminated 73% of the federal budget. And that's even if it's not leap year! And it all happened just one little penny at a time.
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  • TER's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 10:34 PM
    Christ revealed that He is the I AM. He is revealing that He is God, who spoke with Abraham and Moses and established covenants with them, which included Israel.
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    12-06-2016, 10:15 PM
    And this may be partly a reason why the Book of Enoch was not included. Perhaps certain Christians began to get so fixated on this book that it affected them in bad ways? Perhaps it caused them to separate from the communion of believers and caused divisions and needless distractions from the greater message of the gospel? I don't know. From what I understand, while it may contain historical truths and be inspired, it did not fulfill the requirements of catholicity, consensus and pastoral importance to the spreading of the Gospel, to be listed among the approved canonical books. The same could be said for others books highly regarded in the early Church which were not included in the canon, such as the Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistles of St Clement. These writings are considered inspired and according to the apostolic faith but were not placed in the biblical canon.
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    12-06-2016, 10:02 PM
    Exactly. Much of the Book of Revelation and the Book of Enoch is a mystery and spending too much time or making the Book of Enoch (or even the Book of Revelation) the centerpiece of one's theology and praxis can be spiritually dangerous.
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    12-06-2016, 10:00 PM
    What you are describing is similar to the Marcion heresy. According to the teachings of Christ, He is the Father of Abraham Who chose Israel.
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    12-06-2016, 09:56 PM
    The Ethiopian Orthodox Church does, but the Coptic and the Armenian Orthodox Church (that is, those others which comprise the Oriental Orthodox Church) do not have the Book of Enoch as part of their canon. But that may be because the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has a less stringent criteria for their canon. In other words, if it contains certain important truths handed down, it was included, even if the other parts of the specific text are controversial or considered dubious or fabricated. The Eastern Orthodox Church (and the other Oriental Orthodox Churches) included in their canon those books which were felt to be most important and pastorally important for the salvation of the members,, and the Book of Enoch for reasons I am not exactly clear on, did not make the cut. Probably because there was no consensus or because some of the topics in the book were controversial or even dangerous to the lay reader.
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  • TER's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 09:40 PM
    He bases his belief on angels mating with humans from the Book of Enoch. This was not a pagan belief, this was an old Jewish belief held by those who held the Book of Enoch as containing truths. I agree with you that such teachings are not necessarily heretical or impossible to accord with Christian truth. I just don't understand how him implicating pagan myths into historical events which were misconstrued by some long ago (that they were in fact demons, and not gods) can cause people to question Justin Martyr's orthodoxy (as another poster here implied).
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    12-06-2016, 09:20 PM
    I don't see how him ascribing the gods of the pagans as being nothing more than demons is not according to the teachings of the Church. This sounds like a consistent teaching in the patristic writings that I am familiar with. I
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    12-06-2016, 08:37 PM
    Justin Martyr grew up in paganism and converted and became one of the most learned and brilliant confessors for Christ in the second century.
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  • TER's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 08:35 PM
    How is his mentionings which align with themes in the Book of Enoch have something to do with paganism?
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  • PierzStyx's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 06:33 PM
    Politicians have to make friendly in public. That is what makes the party work, that and the political favor exchanges. That doesn't make them friends though. They'll knife him in the back as soon as look at him.
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    12-06-2016, 06:10 PM
    He sin't entirely wrong either. Rand doesn't have a lot of friends in the party. Especially not among the ranking members.
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  • TER's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 05:44 PM
    The fact that the Book of Enoch is referenced in Jude's Epistle proves that there does exist (at least some) truth in the book. The question then is, why was it not held everywhere to be canonical? Again, this is where discretion comes into play within the life and the function of the Church. The Church has not canonized the book on account of some doubt or other pastoral reason. They have not held it's contents to be a rule of faith whereby doctrines of the Christian gospel have been formed.
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  • TER's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 05:33 PM
    I misspoke. I have read Cain referred to as being a forefather to modern man, but can't remember the source. I personally assumed that his geneological line and that of the other immediate children of Adam have, in time, crossed. Nevertheless, you are correct that I made a wrong statement. Thank you for catching that! +rep
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 03:23 PM
    Indeed. Some serious cognitive dissonance at play here, in my opinion. Here's a simple question. The US government spending $4 billion fewer dollars: a good thing or a bad thing? :toady:
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  • PierzStyx's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 03:11 PM
    O Come, o Come Emmanuel is probably my favorite Christmas song Either that or I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day
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  • helmuth_hubener's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 03:06 PM
    In this case, I am telling it to you. You will kindly speak English. Thank you.
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    12-06-2016, 03:02 PM
    Actually, they tend to not. Good biological reasons for this. Anyway... A woman becoming single is the woman's fault. Of course, indirectly, it's men's fault, collectively, because men are the ones who make the rules and run societies. Men have done a very lousy job of that lately. Our whole society right now is set up as an incubator -- a nice, warm, fuzzy, comfy incubator -- for single motherhood. Casual sex, lack of social ostracism, lack of even disapproval, and of course vasty trillions of loot to gobble, both direct from the male chattel via "child support" and also funneled through the "welfare" dole system. We live under the Single Mom State.
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  • TER's Avatar
    12-06-2016, 02:51 PM
    I just don't know how you are so certain that none of Noah's ancestors (including his mother, who is not named) did not have a genealogy leading back to Cain.
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