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Her'es the question that I always come back to: If there were such a thing as global warming or climate change, would you expect the fossil fuel industry to take it lying down? Or would you expect it to react like the tobacco industry did to the existential threats that science posed to it, funding their own studies with preordained conclusions and muddying the waters with BS science? And if there weren't such a thing and the democrats just wanted to make themselves rich off of getting people angry at Big Oil, then why make up a whole elaborate lie? Why not just go with peak oil, which makes more sense and is much harder to deny as a serious long-term threat to the global economy? And where are the ethical scientists coming forward to talk about the bribes the left offered them - over 90% of climatologists agree that climate change is a problem and that we're causing it, so there'd surely be a few who wouldn't take the offer and would come forward.
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The Emperor’s New Climate

jwilliams Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 3:30 PM
Her'es the question that I always come back to: If there were such a thing as global warming or climate change, would you expect the fossil fuel industry to take it lying down? Or would you expect it to react like the tobacco industry did to the existential threats that science posed to it, funding their own studies with preordained conclusions and muddying the waters with BS science? And if there weren't such a thing and the democrats just wanted to make themselves rich off of getting people angry at Big Oil, then why make up a whole elaborate lie? Why not just go with peak oil, which makes more sense and is much harder to deny as a serious long-term threat to the global economy? And where are the ethical scientists coming forward to talk about the bribes the left offered them - over 90% of climatologists agree that climate change is a problem and that we're causing it, so there'd surely be a few who wouldn't take the offer and would come forward.
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The Emperor’s New Climate

jwilliams Wrote: Sep 24, 2014 3:30 PM
Her'es the question that I always come back to: If there were such a thing as global warming or climate change, would you expect the fossil fuel industry to take it lying down? Or would you expect it to react like the tobacco industry did to the existential threats that science posed to it, funding their own studies with preordained conclusions and muddying the waters with BS science? And if there weren't such a thing and the democrats just wanted to make themselves rich off of getting people angry at Big Oil, then why make up a whole elaborate lie? Why not just go with peak oil, which makes more sense and is much harder to deny as a serious long-term threat to the global economy? And where are the ethical scientists coming forward to talk about the bribes the left offered them - over 90% of climatologists agree that climate change is a problem and that we're causing it, so there'd surely be a few who wouldn't take the offer and would come forward.
"I think it sends the wrong message and rewards the wrong people." Keeping it illegal rewards Mexican drug cartels. I think that's about as far in the "wrong people" category as one can get. I don't think it's going to be sunshine and roses making pot legal, but I think it will be a marked improvement.
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The Coming Christian Revolt

jwilliams Wrote: Jul 21, 2014 6:35 PM
I would agree absolutely, though the same practice would protect two gay men from STD.
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The Coming Christian Revolt

jwilliams Wrote: Jul 21, 2014 6:22 PM
And HPV spreads through straight populations. Diseases spread in populations. What's your point?
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The Coming Christian Revolt

jwilliams Wrote: Jul 21, 2014 6:17 PM
What's the deal with the sexually hyper-sensitive prostate, then, only accessible through that canal? Were that organ located anywhere else in the body, even an inch or two forward, anal sex would have virtually no merit for men. Nature sure seemed to pick a convenient place for it.
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The Coming Christian Revolt

jwilliams Wrote: Jul 21, 2014 6:14 PM
Serious question, not trying to be snide - we know that homosexuality and lobster were both described as "abominations" in Leviticus. We know that Jesus lifts the restrictions of Mosaic Law in his New Covenant. How are we supposed to know which of the proscriptions in Leviticus were lifted and which still apply when the same language is used to describe them? The language against homosexuality is not nearly as clear in the New Testament as it is in the Old.
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The Coming Christian Revolt

jwilliams Wrote: Jul 21, 2014 3:46 PM
"Indeed, if, in the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we, his fellow Christian travelers, must again face the water hoses, then face them we shall." Anyone else think it's in poor taste to compare the downtrodden minorities of the south in the Civil Rights era to the Christian Right, one of the single most powerful and moneyed interests in this, one of the single most powerful and moneyed countries in the world? And Barber wonders why people think Christian alarmists are accused of having a persecution complex.
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BREAKING: SCOTUS Sides With Hobby Lobby

jwilliams Wrote: Jun 30, 2014 12:58 PM
Flattus said: "What the religious right wants is for people to stop having sex. THAT'S gonna happen. There are only two outcomes from this ruling: More abortions, or less sex. " You then said there was nothing straw about your argument. You are wrong. You're construing the actual conservative argument here - private employers should not have to pay for benefits that they have a deeply-held religious objection to - with the more ridiculous argument of "they just don't want anyone to have sex." That is a straw man argument, and you do yourself and your stance no credit by stooping to it.
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BREAKING: SCOTUS Sides With Hobby Lobby

jwilliams Wrote: Jun 30, 2014 12:53 PM
If you expect them to pay for your birth control, isn't that demanding that they be involved in your sex life?
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