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  • PaulConventionWV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:20 AM
    No, that's not what I'm talking about. He's mixing the prescriptive with the descriptive. Just because no freedom IS not regulated, that does not mean all freedoms SHOULD BE regulated. If I can't show you a freedom that is not regulated, does that mean you will dismiss any freedom I show you that should not be regulated at all? Surely we, grown adults, can discern between the prescriptive and the descriptive and approach the issue rationally from beyond the scope of one point of view that says "This is the way it is, so get used to it." We don't all have to accept that, and we're not being absolutist if we don't. We're just realizing that, even if your challenge was even valid, it wouldn't prove the point you are trying to make. It doesn't take a genius to see the idiocy of his statements and that he should reframe his argument if he wants to be taken with any semblance of legitimacy. Because the challenge he posed just defies the boundaries of rational inquiry and crosses into acute naivete. Because not only did he pose the problem of "show me a freedom that is not regulated", thereby assuming what I've just mentioned above, but then AF pointed out that, in fact, it's true and that's why we're not free, and he responded with, "Exactly," as if the mere observation of a lack of freedom was supposed to prove that we should all accept the completely unrelated proposition that we need said regulation.
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    08-22-2016, 07:40 PM
    Yes, it is. Don't get me wrong, I hate winter in the city, especially here in Beijing, but if I was going to live in the country, I would do it somewhere where there was snow.
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    08-22-2016, 07:38 PM
    Right now? Literally any other place on earth...
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    08-22-2016, 07:37 PM
    LOL. You're going to blame THAT on someone else? Seriously, wtf? I'm 27 and I've never had any debt in my entire life. Wow! How did I do that? I dunno, must be magic or something. Jeeezuz, get a life!
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    08-22-2016, 07:35 PM
    I was there first, too, and now I live in China and loving it. No traffic rules for the MF WIN!!!
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    08-22-2016, 07:32 PM
    No traffic rules? Hell yeah! What's wrong with that?
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    08-22-2016, 07:28 PM
    Exactly back. You said, "show me one freedom that is not regulated," ostensibly to show that freedom can be regulated and still be freedom, but in reality, that's not freedom. So what you're really backing is authoritarianism, correct? AF said, "That's why we don't live in a free country" and you said, "Exactly." Am I missing something here? You clearly just agreed with the fact that what we have really isn't free at all.
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  • PaulConventionWV's Avatar
    08-22-2016, 07:22 PM
    Another one of the most idiotic things I've ever heard. Please give us an example of a right someone else has that prevents you from exercising your rights.
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    08-22-2016, 07:20 PM
    No, you were definitely saying, "sometimes tread on me." This thread is ridiculous. The amount of nonsense coming out of your mouth just blows my mind. But this one is just absurd. The words that appear on my screen say nothing even close to "Don't tread on me, don't tread on others and I won't tread on you." You used the word "sometimes" and "regulate" which is basically a synonym for "tread on me." I mean, how dense can you get?
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  • BamaAla's Avatar
    08-19-2016, 05:44 PM
    If the media and scores of politicians can pass off the violence of a bunch of Bernie supporters at Trump rallies as Trump's fault, this is perfectly rational.
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    08-16-2016, 06:47 PM
    So he makes it a race issue... and then you indulge him? I thought we were trying to avoid making this a race issue!!?
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    08-15-2016, 03:16 AM
    I don't see it as a strange reason. Many people, myself included, see this as a blatant attack on the gender roles that have kept society going for thousands of years. It should make anyone mad that they're trying to manipulate a child's psychology like this without parental consent.
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    08-15-2016, 01:51 AM
    Are you kidding? There are ALWAYS untackled plot elements. It's just a matter of which direction the writers decide to take it. Who knew that life was richer and involved more than we could fit into a 90-minute movie?
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    08-14-2016, 11:57 PM
    White privilege does kind of exist, but it's nobody's fault and we don't need to compensate for it. In fact, the only reason it's controversial is because of people wanting to win without putting the work in. The reason there are racial stereotypes is because, historically, different races have performed in different ways. It's not racist to notice that. The fact that some races are over-represented because they happen to be the member of a race that has historically performed rather well is just the result of people noticing trends that really do exist. But hey, there's no cause for concern. Everyone has freedom and ample room to prove any harmful stereotypes wrong for themselves. An interesting note I would like to add is that white privilege apparently also exists in China. It's much easier to get an English-teaching job here if you are white because Chinese people simply favor a lighter shade of skin due to socio-economic cultural reasons, and the kids who are taught by foreigners to teach English are very often afraid of their darker-skinned teachers. A shame, perhaps, but not evil or nefarious. Black people aren't really looked down upon in China so much as people simply don't like how they look. They still get the same service in restaurants and other shops and there is no evidence of any ingrained hatred or anything of the sort. It's just an unfortunate coincidence that, historically, white skin has meant upper-economic class in China, and it's understandable why - because rich people stay indoors and don't work in the fields. While darker skin is seen as inherently less-attractive, I must say I don't fault the Chinese for thinking this way because they're culturally some of the most welcoming, tolerant people I've ever come into contact with. They love foreigners and don't judge them for not speaking the Chinese language or for profiting in their economy. This is because the immigration into China that happens is based on the freedom of association. People who come to China go there because there are people who want them there, not because of some government program to 'diversify' the people of their nation. This is the ultimate lesson in all of this. Immigration is best when based on the freedom of association. People should be brought into a country because they have something to offer, not because we want to appear racially accepting. Also of note is that people in China don't get jealous over foreigners being able to profit from their economy by accident of birth into an English-speaking culture. People here want to improve themselves and their economic potential by learning English, and that's great. There's no bitterness over things we can't control, and people don't give you nasty looks just because you're a non-Chinese speaking foreigner with a better-paying job than they have. I think we could learn a thing or two from the Chinese about immigration and about work ethic. Being culturally tolerant doesn't mean inviting people to mix with you based solely on their race (overt racism). It means interacting with someone when there's an economic or social motive to do so regardless of their skin color.
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    08-11-2016, 10:39 PM
    Tell me about it! I still feel like I'm 25! (I'm 27.)
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    08-04-2016, 12:05 AM
    We Trump supporters have a long way to go to catch up to the violence and mayhem caused by the lefties this election cycle. That said, this is an ugly video and people should understand that they are going to be caught on camera acting like this.
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    08-02-2016, 10:53 PM
    I'm gonna have to go with Danke on this one. I was born in 89 and the first time I ever heard the name Ru Paul was in jokes about Ron Paul in 2008. Didn't even know exactly who he/she/it was besides "drag queen" until just now. Maybe you were enveloped in a world where Ru Paul was some kind of pop idol, but many of us weren't.
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    08-02-2016, 10:42 PM
    I think he's a cancer, too.
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    08-01-2016, 11:27 PM
    yep. CPAC 2011 is where I met him as well. I was going to pick him up from the airport, but someone else ended up getting him. He was a good dude. RIP
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    07-27-2016, 08:32 AM
    I've really come to lose a lot of respect for people who trot out this tired argument. We don't really observe it in the real world, but yet we always quote it and hear it on the media that if you say anything remotely anti-gay, it's because you secretly are one. Seriously? I thought you were better than that, osan. There's absolutely no real basis for this oft-repeated argument that gets repeated seemingly for the sake of being the lie that became true by virtue of being repeated so often. In fact, I've come to think that's exactly what it is, another lie borne of the media that seeks to be so often used as to be virtually unassailable truth, and yet it's a meaningless accusation that gets taken seriously... why, exactly? Why do people still use this as an actual argument? They never claim to have scientifically discovered or logically deduced this conclusion, but it's just generally accepted as an untouchable fact that this is the way it is. Can someone who uses this line of reasoning please explain to me WHY they believe it?
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