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Agreed.
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Can the Pope Shut Up Too?

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 30, 2014 2:56 PM
I want to cut him some slack - unlike the NYT reporter John has skin in the game.
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Can the Pope Shut Up Too?

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 30, 2014 5:11 AM
Silly me, I thought that the persecutors were responsible for their persecutions. Guess they just can't help themselves.
Oh, he thinks all right. It's just that he thinks first last and foremost of himself so any idea that doesn't support what he wants must be recast in a more convenient form.
“Seeing, then, that Mr. Obama was so grossly wrong in his assessment of our Muslim population (again, a matter of simple math), can he be trusted in his assessment of Islam in general?” This is fallacious reasoning. Can he be trusted? It remains to be seen. Whether he is right or wrong on the number of Muslims in the US in relation to populations elsewhere in the world has NO bearing on whether any other thing he maintains is right or wrong (unless it is predicated on those numbers). Moreover, an assessment of number and an assessment of ethos are wholly different kinds of judgments. On top of that, ranking 38th out of 190+ countries makes the US – technically – one of the largest Muslim populations being that it’s in the top 20%. Obama is a fraud and a Muslim shill. He is harming our country in ways we may never recover from. I hate him and the stuffed ballot box he rode in on. That’s not an excuse for bad reasoning.
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Goodbye Retail Associates, Hello Robots

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 30, 2014 4:20 AM
OSHbot is multi-purpose. It interacts with you on the front screen and tries to sell you more stuff with the back screen when you follow it. Probably targeted ads based on whatever you're looking for in the first place. I am pretty sure that the 'bot will punk out with regard to outdoor sales, garden sales and 'dollar sales' and that the San Jose store will undergo a remodel just for this purpose. I also predict considerable glitches. But it will prevail and thrive.
I wrote on Starnes previous column that there was an alternate explanation. It looks like I was wrong, at least as far as the handout not being handed out (and probably wrong about more than that as well).
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Can the Pope Shut Up Too?

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 30, 2014 3:58 AM
This is the relevant part of the Pope's speech from the Vatican website: “When we read in Genesis the account of Creation, we risk imagining God as a magus, with a magic wand able to make everything. But it is not so. He created beings and allowed them to develop according to the internal laws that He gave to each one, so that they were able to develop and to arrive and their fullness of being. He gave autonomy to the beings of the Universe at the same time at which he assured them of his continuous presence, giving being to every reality. And so creation continued for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until it became which we know today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a conjurer, but the Creator who gives being to all things. The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to another, but derives directly from a supreme Origin that creates out of love. The Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not contradict the divine act of creating, but rather requires it. The evolution of nature does not contrast with the notion of Creation, as evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve”. Some guy on Reddit maintains that a translator confused demiurge with divinity. Dunno. I don't read Italian so I couldn't translate if I tried. Seems to me that with past Popes the press went out of its way to make them sound alien and out of touch. With this Pope they seem to go out of their way to make him sound liberal and hip. Are reporters a lying sack of inept weasels? Is the Pope Catholic?
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Hysterical Media Tells Us To Calm Down

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 30, 2014 3:30 AM
To me this is very simple. We have a country with a border and a government whose responsibility is to defend that border. Such defense has always included plague prevention regardless of the size and severity of the threat.
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Turn Down for What?

Mag14 Wrote: Oct 30, 2014 3:21 AM
Shapiro’s curmudgeon-fest is a Franken-column of lyrics and mismatched statistics. Considering that marijuana counts as an ‘illicit’ drug I think 10% population taking an illicit drug in the past month isn’t half bad. Regarding the ‘binge drinking’, we’ve only just invented that term so we have no way to measure it against the past. The definition is, ‘a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above’ - in other words the most recent legal limit for drunk driving. Indeed, alcohol drinking has gone down (except for wine which is being consumed slightly more) since Shapiro’s beloved ’70s. (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, by way of http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/01/how-america-drinks-water-and-wine-surge-cheap-beer-and-soda-crash/267153/) I am probably not alone in suspecting that what we call ‘binge drinking’ in 2014 is what used to be called ‘the weekend’ in 1974. Also, the American Institute of Architects has not released any information regarding an increase in men breaking through ceilings with their d**ks so that problem is evidently localized in Daniel Kwan’s alternate universe. A problem with statistics is that when the thing being measured is considered shameful or has monetary consequences it tends to be underreported. When conditions change what looks like a surge in activity is actually just a more accurate reading of how things have been for a long time. Suicide was always underreported. It was shameful and it also cost survivors most if not all of any life insurance money that might have come to them. Rape victims were often blamed and had considerable incentive to not say anything. The victim-blaming is pretty much non-existent today. Nevertheless, Ben is onto something here. Obama ran on hope and change and he of course only delivered on the latter. I believe that people really are in need of hope at the moment, that Americans are suffering from Carterian malaise and despair-of-future, and that they aren’t going to work hard if they don’t believe such work will be rewarded.
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