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Modern Feminism: A Teenage Boy’s Dream

johninohio Wrote: 12 hours ago (7:59 PM)
Derek, you just don't get it. The feminists want to give women choices. If they want to become CEOs of corporations, they can. If they want to make sex objects of themselves, whether for fun or profit, they can do that, too. I don't think there is anything self- contradicting about their present position. However, I won't argue that it's been good for teens that being a sex object is a wonderful thing, as demonstrated and taught by example in the entertainment industry. But that's a separate issue. Nobody who cares about kids likes the state of entertainment in this country--or the world for that matter--but nobody has the guts to propose censorship.
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An Open Letter to the False Church

johninohio Wrote: Aug 26, 2014 12:19 AM
@ClassicalTeacher What do you think I'm trying to convince you and myself of, that Baber is a windbag? I don't have to convince myself of that. When Christians turn to writing about what other Christians should do, that means they aren't doing it themselves. A real Christian is out there doing it. I'm an atheist, and even I know that. Why do I go to articles like this? I want to see what skeptics and other atheists have to say. What you guys have to say is totally predictable, so that's not the reason.
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An Open Letter to the False Church

johninohio Wrote: Aug 25, 2014 5:32 PM
Re-write of a botched comment: People who write screeds such as this make me suspect that, when they "humbly and prayerfully" seek to turn others from the Evils of the World to the Right Path, they secretly and fearfully suspect that they are the ones who need that advice, and have a very hard time heeding it. They think, if they can convince someone else, they can convince themselves too, and maybe win God's favor despite their doubts and "sinful habits". Physician, heal thy self.
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An Open Letter to the False Church

johninohio Wrote: Aug 25, 2014 5:25 PM
People who write screeds such as this make me suspect that the kind of people they "humbly and prayerfully" seek to turn from the Evils of the World to the Right Path, fearfully suspect that they are the ones who need that advice, and have a very hard time heeding it. They think, if they can convince someone else, they can convince themselves too, and maybe win God's favor despite their doubts "sinful habits".. Physician, heal thy self.
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In Ferguson, a Race to be Wrong

johninohio Wrote: Aug 21, 2014 1:21 AM
In all likelihood, none of the rioters have jobs, spend their days doing a lot of nothing, and are just bored out of their minds. Incidents like this suddenly give them a reason to be living, and they make the most of them. They'll say and do anything to keep it going and blame someone else for their insane behavior.
Why is it that "trust in the Lord" and "turn the other cheek" is the answer to problems within the Christian world, but 'do unto them before they do unto you', which comes from the 'book of the world', is always the answer when Christians end up on the wrong end of a gun? This is one of those cases where being inconsistent, but pragmatically inconsistent, is a good thing. Peace and harmony within the group, but hell for the group's external enemies. The problem is that flipping that switch from devout to pragmatic can be dangerously slow.
"things more important" I don't know why you pick on that minor statement, but there are many things more important than, say, driving screws on an auto assembly line (things robots do now), like designing, building, transporting, selling, using x-ray machines, MRIs, and other revolutionary medical devices. Sanitation systems, oil exploration, highways, aircraft, etc. None of these things are absolute necessities, like food for instance, but they are very desirable wants.
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The Problem With The Right Part 2

johninohio Wrote: Aug 17, 2014 6:53 PM
rnaber I'm sorry, I was not accusing you of lying. When I said "You don't need to lie..." I wasn't talking about you personally. I meant 'one doesn't need to lie...'.
However, the unspoken assumption is that this progression can go on indefinitely. We’ve already provided for all our needs, and we have provided for a wealth of wants, but our unsatisfied wants can only shrink more and more in both quantity and significance. Essentially, we are there now. Where is the satisfaction in that? Ultimately, a large majority of a population will need to be placed on the dole, supported by taxation of the industries that supply the population with all its needs and wants. From the producer’s viewpoint, this system will tell them what the consumer wants and at what price. It won’t be money so much as it will be a voting system. The ‘danger’ to all of this is that those not productively employed will, to a large extent, turn to artificial means of finding happiness--drugs. And the government/business syndicate will find a way to create such a drug that has no destructive side effects on the user. And maybe this is the future of most of mankind--a drug induced utopia. I would guess that those who see this trend in the future will turn to sabotage in the hopes of preventing it.
Technology has for a large and growing segment of society made the traditional values of work, and the preparation for work, education--of declining value, simply because the necessities of life are so abundant and available without them. "If you do not work, you do not eat" was a dominant value for mankind for tens of thousands of years until the agricultural and industrial revolutions. Even today, in the electronic revolution, it still has us in its grip to such an extent that we waste huge amounts of natural resources producing a myriad of useless products bought on impulse and soon discarded, just so those who produce them can justify their sharing in the bounty of necessities produced by others. Many jobs and industries have been sent to other nations, never to return-- it's true. But the rise of the computer and the automation it makes possible can have the same effect. We are headed for the indolent society. The old values will be unimaginable and meaningless in the not-too-distant future. None of us can contemplate this trend and be happy about it, because work has always satisfied our need to do something meaningful and useful. Those who have taken the implications of automation and robotics seriously have been able to say, ‘well, it’ll just free up labor to do other things, things never done before, things more important.’ And that has happened.
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