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by Baiynistan
Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:41 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Paranormal Phenomenon: are all religions true?
Replies: 222
Views: 1285

Occam's razor. What's more likely? The notion that every religion is true (or even just one of them)? Or the notion that none of them are? You have an incredible amount of work set out for you if you plan to prove irrefutably that supernatural entities exist, especially ones that make every human be...
by Baiynistan
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:24 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Does True Feminism Exist Anymore?
Replies: 860
Views: 6678

It's because what really matters is boring. Think about it. Would you rather read a story about a crazy person being crazy or a boring long editorial about serious issues. And news agencies have realized that. News has become a form of entertainment. Absolutely and, as frustrating as it is, you can...
by Baiynistan
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:08 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Does True Feminism Exist Anymore?
Replies: 860
Views: 6678

^^^ Fair enough. Unfortunately it seems far too many wellknown and popular feminists seem to fall into the latter category and far too few (at least of much prominence) into the former category. ;) I think its the unfortunate phenomenon in journalism that people are more likely to be given a platfo...
by Baiynistan
Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:56 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Does True Feminism Exist Anymore?
Replies: 860
Views: 6678

Yes. Malala Yousafzai is a feminist. As is Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Yes yes no one disputes that but in west where are the true feminists left in western countries? ;) I'd say that any 'Westerner' who speaks out against female genital mutilation, forced marriage, institutionalised gender oppression and for...
by Baiynistan
Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:44 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Does True Feminism Exist Anymore?
Replies: 860
Views: 6678

Yes. Malala Yousafzai is a feminist. As is Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
by Baiynistan
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:52 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Does Extraterrestrial Life Exist?
Replies: 185
Views: 1208

It is incredibly likely that, somewhere in the universe, life exists on other planets besides our own. Some of those lifeforms might be vastly genetically/technologically superior to us and many more are likely to be something you'd keep in a petri dish. I very much doubt, however, that aliens have ...
by Baiynistan
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:46 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Do you think that the song "Dixie" is offensive?
Replies: 322
Views: 2278

Some of them of course just replaced one Confederate symbol with another..... Yes, I'm pointing to you, Georgia. [img]http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/flags/images/ga_flag_2003.gif[/mg] Just the confederate Stars and Bars with the Georgia seal put in the circle of stars Those crafty devils! :p
by Baiynistan
Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:51 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Do you think that the song "Dixie" is offensive?
Replies: 322
Views: 2278

But here's the thing: The battle flag and the song WERE used by bad people who were fighting so that they could continue to enslave, beat, rape, and flog their fellow human beings without interference. The descendants of these people are still around. Not all, but many find the song to be a sentime...
by Baiynistan
Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:37 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Do you think that the song "Dixie" is offensive?
Replies: 322
Views: 2278

Everything is offensive to someone (I'm offended by the concept of being offended). People who get flustered over a +150 year old song don't deserve anyone's attention. Personally, I like it. The melody is catchy as hell! Especially when it's given a bit of oomph like it is in my favourite rendition...
by Baiynistan
Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:30 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: When you see the Hammer And Sickle, what do you think
Replies: 1254
Views: 8392

My initial reaction to the Hammer & Sickle is one of disappointment. To me, at its core, the symbol represents wasted potential. A wonderful theory defiled in bloody and boorish practice. Ultimately, it encapsulates the Left's failure to put forward and implement a viable alternative to the mark...
by Baiynistan
Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:15 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: A Civilized Debate on Religion
Replies: 2025
Views: 11912

This question has been asked for thousands of years and we've still yet to find a decent argument in favour of the notion or substantial evidence which suggests that gods (or any other supernatural phenomenon) exist. To quote Carl Sagan, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.&quo...
by Baiynistan
Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:43 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: If you were once a Monarchy, how do you treat the exiles?
Replies: 53
Views: 536

The last monarch died young, leaving no heirs. The opportunistic nobility took advantage of the subsequent power-vacuum to establish an aristocratic tyranny. Once the aristocracy was overthrown, those who surrendered were put on trial and judged on the sum of their individual crimes, with many facin...
by Baiynistan
Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:32 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: What is your outlook on living life?
Replies: 39
Views: 400

Ergh. "Carpe diem" is a much more elegant way to express the sentiments of ..."YOLO"! Personally, I'm socially libertarian and place great importance on altruism. I think everyone should be free to live their lives as they see fit and we should all try to help each other as best ...
by Baiynistan
Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:29 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: What Religion Is Your Nation?
Replies: 44
Views: 259

The state is secular. Non-religious. The majority of people, however, identify themselves as atheists.
by Baiynistan
Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:38 pm
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Does your army still have swords and armor ?
Replies: 45
Views: 450

The military makes use of combat knives, bayonets, multi-tools and other bladed utensils, but swords are not part of standard issue equipment. They are, for example, absent from what few ceremonial operations the armed forces conduct. They're seen as being a little too royalist for the military of a...
by Baiynistan
Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:44 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Is morality objective or subjective?
Replies: 282
Views: 1937

I'm with Sam Harris in thinking that, through reasoning, discussion and the scientific method (and a little utilitarianism), we can reach certain moral truths about the universe. You need only presuppose that goodness is maximising the well-being of oneself and those beings around you and evil is th...
by Baiynistan
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:33 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Should we Continue to Prosecute Nazi War Criminals?
Replies: 1333
Views: 8786

A statute of limitations should never be applied to complicity in genocide. It shouldn't apply to the murder of one person, let alone millions.
by Baiynistan
Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:51 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Universal Language: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 972
Views: 6632

A universal primary language that occurs naturally (eg. through globalisation)? Sure.

A constructed one like Esperanto? Nah.
by Baiynistan
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:52 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Should religious banners, etc. be allowed in public schools?
Replies: 216
Views: 1583

To quote Superintendent Chalmers, '"Thank the Lord"? That sounded like a prayer. A prayer in a public school. God has no place within these walls, just like facts don't have a place within an organized religion.' . I believe the same should apply to all religious symbolism and practices. B...
by Baiynistan
Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:34 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: When does the Atheist calendar start?
Replies: 344
Views: 3380

Ailiailia wrote:... be with you, and your health inthurance cover orthodontic work.


Haha! I like that addendum!
by Baiynistan
Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:14 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: When does the Atheist calendar start?
Replies: 344
Views: 3380

May the fourth.
by Baiynistan
Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:44 am
 
Forum: Factbooks and National Information
Topic: Communist Parties in your nation?
Replies: 185
Views: 1503

The Communist Party of Baiynistan (Traditional Marxist/Industrial Unionist) is a major opposition party in the National Assembly. It, like the majority Free Labour Party, was born of the disbandment of the Baiynish Workers' Confederation, the revolutionary popular front that overthrew the previous t...
by Baiynistan
Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:02 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Should Stalin's body be put back on display?
Replies: 759
Views: 5112

Absolutely. I think it would be a wonderful idea to mount old Koba's skull on the wall in Poland's National Assembly. Or perhaps over the fireplace in Trotsky's house in Mexico.
by Baiynistan
Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:58 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: If We had Won the War
Replies: 93
Views: 903

There's no point pondering on "what if"s when those hypotheticals are infeasible. The Axis simply didn't have the resources to maintain a war on multiple fronts. The fascists tried to conquer too much and in the end lost everything ('cept Spain until the 70s...). And, even if Hitler had li...
by Baiynistan
Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:17 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Would you curtsey\bow if you met a member of a royal family
Replies: 427
Views: 3169

I would begrudgingly bow my head to the Queen Elizabeth II (and any visiting leader of a democratic country, royal or no). The rest of the Windsors can stick it up their backsides though.
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