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    Yesterday, 05:51 PM
    If the assumption that God does not exist were a true assumption, then it would be easy to tell if somebody were good, because everybody you look at would not be good, for there would exist zero good people, and for that matter, no such thing as "good" at all. To think that a person can possibly be either good or bad is to betray that deep down, you already know God exists.
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    10-22-2021, 08:00 AM
    OK, that's the left. What about the right? Where are all the Republicans lining up with Rand to take serious action against Fauci? If the Republican party wants to, they can make this an issue that won't go away, one that media will have to address, and that the public will take an interest in, including voters that Democrats need. They can make this an issue in the midterm elections. But it doesn't look like they're doing that. Yeah, Rand has some allies here. But it sure looks like the party doesn't want this to go anywhere.
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    10-22-2021, 07:35 AM
    If they wanted realism, then I can see how having a real bang, flash, and recoil, that actually is the same as, or effectively mimics, that of a real gun, that is experienced by the actor pulling the trigger at that moment on camera, could add a layer of realism that CGI wouldn't emulate well enough. But that's the thing, they obviously never do want that kind of realism. So I'm not sure what benefit they get from having the risk of killing someone.
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    10-22-2021, 07:22 AM
    The sad thing is, when it comes to shooting guns, they've never seemed to care a bit about realism in the first place.
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    10-22-2021, 07:19 AM
    I have to believe that not just the prop people, but the actors who pulled the triggers, must not be people who have much experience handling real guns and learning to respect and fear them the way those who have that experience do. I can't imagine being an actor going into a scene where I have to pick up a gun, point it at someone, and pull the trigger, without going through multiple steps personally to make absolutely certain that this gun will not fire a real bullet. The people who don't have that kind of respect for guns are typically anti-gun nuts whose knowledge about guns comes from fictional portrayals in TV and movies.
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    10-22-2021, 07:10 AM
    There are people on both ends of the political spectrum whose stereotypes he shatters.
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    10-22-2021, 06:29 AM
    Can you share any links about that?
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    10-21-2021, 06:14 AM
    I don't know if anyone out there is putting in serious effort to get good statistics that are kept up to date with people broken down into all 4 categories. Last time I went hunting for data out there about reinfections of people with previous infections there was some stuff out there, but not much. And it's the kind of statistic that could get outdated fast. But at the time the number of people who had actually gotten sick with symptomatic COVID 19 two separate times was absolutely minuscule (not measuring mere cases, where they count positive tests, but actual symptomatic sicknesses). Known examples of it were in the low hundreds worldwide. And that was not right at the beginning of the pandemic, it was after it had worn on a good number of months.
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    10-20-2021, 01:16 PM
    Maybe. But if he did leave at this point, it wouldn't be the first time a politician with years in a party left it after a big fight (e.g. Arlen Specter , Zell Miller, Charlie Crist), or for political expediency (e.g. Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Joe Lieberman), or both.
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    10-20-2021, 12:52 PM
    He wants to expand the size, power, and cost of government at a slightly slower pace than the Democrat Party as a whole does. This means he's perfect for the GOP. I don't know why he's not a Republican already.
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    10-19-2021, 11:56 AM
    This is pretty much what the Don't Tread on Me flag has become. It now means, "I should be the one treading on you, instead of you treading on me." It's far more popular now than it was in 2008. And the reason is because the number of statists who have made it their symbol far outnumbers the libertarians.
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    10-19-2021, 07:22 AM
    Intel for one. They're the biggest one I know of. There are many others. There's a lot of pressure pushing on both sides of the scale. Even if it seems to be tilting one way. I wouldn't underestimate the force of the economic pressures companies face not to mandate vaccines. And with every month that passes, the arguments in favor of them will have less and less weight (assuming that the feds never do end up issuing the threatened private employer mandate). At this point, I think one of the strongest psychological reasons for pro-vaccine mandate people to be so stubborn about it is the fallacy of sunk costs. They can't bear the thought of how disastrous their policies were if they admit that they didn't have the benefits promised. At some point, this fact will be generally accepted. Perhaps, as with the case of WMD's in Iraq, the guilty will just try to quietly move on and dodge questions about what they will by that time be able to characterize as old news.
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    10-19-2021, 07:14 AM
    "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to jmdrake again."
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    10-18-2021, 04:28 AM
    "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Occam's Banana again."
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    10-15-2021, 02:15 PM
    The more I think about it, this is the angle with the best payoff here. And not just to make this point ourselves, but to point out the obvious fact that Buttigieg himself apparently agrees that the job of the Transportation Secretary is not really all that important. Even as much of an unabashed champion of central planning in transportation as Buttigieg, and even at such a historically crucial juncture for that issue in federal politics, he considers his job as unnecessary.
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    10-15-2021, 01:40 PM
    On the other hand, his being gay and publicly celebrating that aspect of his personal life, is a major reason he was so prominent in the 2020 primaries, and then elevated to such a high position at such a young age and with so little on his resume compared to what is typical for a head of a federal department. He made it an issue. And now look at the results. Imagine if a straight man in his position just decided to take a months long paid leave at taxpayer expense, neglecting work that according to his own worldview is vital to the nation at a time when according to his own worldview it's even more vitally important than normal, because his wife had a baby.
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    10-15-2021, 07:31 AM
    That's the thing. It's a premise. A mere assumption. Not a conclusion that can be drawn as either definite or probable from the evidence given. You don't talk as if you're hypothesizing and may or may not ultimately be proven right. You make absolute statements as matters of fact that you can demonstrate to be true. But again and again, your demonstration is sorely lacking. You have some good points. But they'd be stronger, not weaker, if you could bring yourself to be objective about them. The fact that you feel the need not to be betrays that you don't think you could prove the conclusions you want to prove with the level of certainty that you want to pretend to have if you confined yourself to rules like that.
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    10-15-2021, 06:49 AM
    You just answered your own question. Dr. Quay, when you actually hear him speaking his own words, is far more objective in that radio interview than the article that selectively quotes him in the OP is, with omission of qualifying points (which I have already pointed out multiple times in the thread). The OP is the opposite of objective. If you can't see that, it's because it's doing the same thing you constantly do here, apparently believing yourself to be objective too. Notice that Bongino himself is much more cautious in this interview, making a point to bring up some of the same counterpoints that I did, and Quay even more so.
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    10-12-2021, 05:39 PM
    I'm not dismissing everything you said. But if it's as bad as Dan Bongino, or that writer on his site wants to make it out to be (and by extension you, for sharing the article and bolding the worst parts), then why can't they they make the case in an objective way, instead of selectively omitting crucial points that would make it sound not as bad as they're saying? If this really is a virus that can kill off a major part of the earth's population, or even just more people than COVID 19, they shouldn't have a problem doing that. But that crowd loves fear just as much as the Left does. And at the end of the day, they'll end up using that fear for statist ends too.
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    10-12-2021, 05:34 PM
    Oh boy. Here it comes.
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    10-12-2021, 05:30 PM
    This is not the Goodwill charity that most of us would think of. It's another group that uses that name. I know nothing about whether this description of them is accurate, but it does shed light on their inclusion in the list. https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/terrorist-illicit-finance/Pages/protecting-charities_execorder_13224-e.aspx
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    10-12-2021, 04:18 PM
    Yes. And then when it actually happened, and the media and politicians reported all those things with great exaggerations and selective omissions of important facts, it was still fear mongering. And part of why they were so successful at taking away our freedom was because they were successful at the fear mongering.
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    10-12-2021, 03:55 PM
    enhanced_deficit what are your thoughts on this story?
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    10-12-2021, 02:46 PM
    Yes, I'm sure it does. Notice that the OP is content to mention just the virulence without respect to that other crucial factor. TheTexan was right to criticize the OP by saying, "Any discussion on the 'virulence' of the viruses undergoing GoF research is missing the point entirely." And Brian4Liberty was astute in replying to that line by suggesting that such a focus on virulence worked well as a diversion.
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    10-12-2021, 02:31 PM
    It's possible that you were just mistaken and I was actually right. I'm trying to find a source to support your claim that the word "transmissibility" means specifically from animals to humans, and not humans to humans, in the context of GoF, and I can't find one.
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    10-12-2021, 02:18 PM
    That's one kind of transmissibility. But unless you specify "animal to human" the word "transmissibility" by itself doesn't mean that either in the context of GoF or elsewhere. The definition given for "transmissibility" in your own wikipedia source, where it distinguished between transmissibility and infectivity didn't even match your definition here. Agreed. I'm not sure what your point was in disputing over the meaning of the word "transmissibility" to begin with. Your example about horses only highlights the point I was making. A virus that has high transmissibility from horse to human, but low transmissibility from human to human, and that kills 80% of the humans it infects may not pose a very serious pandemic threat because of that low transmissibility between humans. Making it more transmissible between humans could just as much be a part of GoF research as making it more transmissible from horses to humans would be. And that transmissibility between humans would be the far more important factor. And more generally, that factor of transmissibility is not something that can be left out of the discussion when trying to compare it to COVID 19 the way the OP did.
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