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I'm very much against police brutality and jack-booted thuggery in general. But if someone in your crowd throws a brick at a policeman the party's over. If you get trampled, batonned, tased, maced, etc. as a result of that brick throwing, you might want to reconsider the people you are 'peaceably assembling' with. No more mobs.
"The government argues that customer emails stored in the cloud become the business records of the cloud provider...." Risible.
Looking forward to hearing how much money they raise this year showing educational videos.
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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 19, 2015 12:01 PM
Yes of course. And which behaviors are we mistaking for innate gender differences and vice versa? Looking at porn, for example, is a behavior.
With respect, Christians are in no danger of being systematically eliminated, do have states, and are only the second favorite target of Muslims murderers.
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We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Not Us

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 3:04 PM
Eh...it's meaningless WHERE it isn't enforced. But at least the unenforced parts are written down at the top of the law list for future generations to rediscover.
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We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Not Us

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 3:02 PM
People with enemy troops who have overrun their towns and cities and live under martial law and at the whim of their captors are war weary. Anyone else is just not in the mood.
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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 2:51 PM
btw, gender is BOTH a social construct AND something that occurs in the womb. Which aspect of gender is nature and which is nurture is something we are slowly and sloppily sorting out because science has nothing better to do than look at stuff.
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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 2:48 PM
Prager has grabbed a professor, refused to name her (though he left plenty of clues), dressed her up as a strawman and refuted the bejeezus out of things she never said. He can be right on the merits of his argument but he has misused and misrepresented an actual person. Ethically and morally that is wrong.
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Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?

Mag14 Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 2:45 PM
Seventeen, you have it wrong. Naming Drexler doesn't impugn her, calling her beliefs foolish does.
What is the value of truth at a discrete data level? "The truth will set you free," is Biblical but has been co-opted by academia and, as a general concept, by all of us. We have a sort of cultural myth about the value of truth (that myth itself has been used for mischief). In our movies the hero is often in possession of a truth that the powerful would keep hidden. In the movie myth he manages to shout it to the world, the powerful are damaged and the people at large are either slightly better off or are in some way freed. The value of a truth is hard to see. On the other hand, the cost of hiding this particular truth includes: production and maintenance of this minefield and the destruction of people for whom it might not have been meant, the continued push of too many black students into higher education they are not going to graduate from (and the crippling debts they will rack up trying), lawsuits over discrimination by people who didn't make the cut (of whatever color or capability), and a professional grievance class that exploits this and other facts that we're not allowed to talk about or take into consideration in public policy. I do understand that IQ is not a guarantor of success in higher education (though it's a good predictor). I further understand that racists are fond of facts that they can misapply to denigrate others. I even support efforts to 'lift up' people who are at a disadvantage (most such efforts have the perverse effect of keeping such people down though). I also understand that it’s all well and good for me as a white person to be comfortable with the Bell Curve data since I’m number two in the data (I’m really awfully glad to be a beta). Except I’m not number two in the data. My ‘race’ is. My IQ doesn’t belong to my race it belongs to me, just as an individual black person’s IQ does; IQ is not a team sport. By refusing to look at IQ as part of the weeding process for higher education (not to mention channeling people into better lower education facilities) we waste talent of various ‘color’. On the plus side some people won’t get their feelings hurt. That’s gotta be worth something.
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