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no not the missing link argument. This is silly we are constantly finding more and more transitional fossils, tiktaalik is a good example, but every time you find a new fossil guess what else that means, TWO NEW MISSING LINKS!! so the christianidiots will never shut up no matter how much you tell them with this tack of argument. The fact is fossils are rare and very few animals become fossilized so its lucky we have as much as we do, but the biggest evidence is EVERYTHING is in the right place. All it would take to disprove evolution is finding a single fossil in the wrong era, like finding a rabbit skeleton in a precambrian layer, but so far no.
he lost his temper and looked silly, but I understand where he is coming from, science is so elegant and beautiful and I have taught college myself and felt hurt at how whatever beauty I tell my students their ignorance remains a powerful active force that can not be defeated and I see it spreading making the world a more ugly place.
I have read all this stuff you reccommend, and it really fascinates me, but its just not for me. My mind just does not work that way. I see process rather than agency, emergence rather than creation. It was hard for me as a child because I was brought up by my parents in a beautiful world of art and science, then suddenly at school I was confronted with people with strange alien ideas telling me there was something wrong with me because I did not have a belief in this thing they call god, but they could never explain to me what this thing they call god that apparently I dont believe in was. They made me feel there was something wrong with me, and to this day I do not understand why. I grew up to become a scientist and continue to live in a beautiful world of art and science. Why do you insist on making me feel bad, for not subscribing to ideas I find inelegant and ugly?
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Liberal Pundits of the World, Unite!

Brent171 Wrote: Apr 26, 2014 2:58 AM
A large difference between rich and poor and an impoverished state sector precludes the living conditions that bring me the greatest personal happiness. It creates social instability and a government only responsive to the needs of the very few. When the difference in wealth between people is kept at a manageable level, say a factor of 20 and public goods are maintained, things I have are 1) safe streets where I can go any time of the day without fear 2) not facing the horrible distress of knowing that some live in horrible conditions and the heartbreak of seeing homeless people 3) a strong and efficient public transportation system at my disposal 4) large public parks and bicycle paths all through the city 5) the ability to work at a job in the creative professions without having to worry every day about who will pay for what I do, with science and art recognized as inherent good, the discovery of truth and creation of beauty. 5) Universities filled with the smartest students instead of those with the richest parents with everyone paying for the students who get the best scores on admission tests to go to the best universities thus using societies educational resources more efficiently and providing TRUE equality of opportunity. 6) Right to roam laws so wilderness is not all fenced off by "Keep out!" signs, for example in scandinavian countries you can only keep people out of land within 20 meters of a habitable building. 7) intrigueing and challenging art that is not lowest common denomenator, all my favorite movies are movies that never would have been made out of pure capitalism. No matter how hard I work and rich I get in a capitalist society which allows obscene inequality I cant have these things, so why should I want that?
But what if its true?
He looks so evil and criminal. The only explanation I can come up with for how he gets elected is Staten Island is populated by other crooks who got their goodies the same way.
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Liberal Pundits of the World, Unite!

Brent171 Wrote: Apr 25, 2014 9:17 AM
Thing is looking at human history it has not given the simple outlook you propose. While totalitarian socialism has been a failure democratic social democracy and the "social market economy" that reached its heyday in western Europe in the 1970s has not. You only see things from the limited perspective that your corporate media has allowed you. There may be a lot of benefit from allowing a few people in society to become unspeakably wealthy, but it also causes a lot of trouble, trouble I would rather be without as I dont ascribe to such obscene wealth, I find it vulgar, so what reason do I have so support a system that gives me all these problems.
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Liberal Pundits of the World, Unite!

Brent171 Wrote: Apr 25, 2014 7:29 AM
That is very arrogant of you to just say the ideas in a book that is an international sensation and likely to become the new centerpiece of the left, even in the USA is "unworthy of discussion" If sizable portions of the population start to think like this you will have to rebut it, and you dont even try here. You are not winning me over with this arrogant attitude.
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Bill Maher, Comedian or Bigot?

Brent171 Wrote: Apr 22, 2014 12:32 PM
Most of the people killed by the crusader nights were christians themselves, as the nights marched towards the holy land they looted and pillaged all along the way, because after all they were this massive multinational army and towns and cities along the way had treasure and young girls, it was like taking candy from a baby, for example they sacked constantinople several times. Watch Terry Jones brilliant documentary on the crusades.
This article is just strange "So the pamphlets telling jews to register is a hoax, buuut, lets imagine that they are not a hoax so..." I can see the psychology of what is going on very clearly here. The author has a narrative set up based on this not being a hoax, but its found to be a hoax so the author says ok its a hoax, but then continues to write the article as if it is not a hoax. So this article is only of interest if you are interested in the inner workings of the authors head.
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Do Something

Brent171 Wrote: Apr 22, 2014 12:49 AM
exactly. The only effective way to lower the abortion rate is easy accessibility to all forms of birth control, including emergency contraception. Speeding research into a male birth control pill will move our society lightyears ahead in this.
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