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by Playing In The Water
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:02 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Evidence Based Policy
Replies: 16
Views: 584

I am legitimately surprised at how many people here picked Climate Sciences. It kinda almost gives me hope, seeing that so many people seem to grasp the simple idea that runaway climate change is the defining problem of our time. Those 'so many people,' of course, meaning everyone aside from those a...
by Playing In The Water
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:30 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: What if the Americas didn't exist?
Replies: 13
Views: 512

No chocolate, you say? I have decided I want nothing to do with this apocalyptic hypothetical world you are painting. Well, except perhaps to go sailing/diving on this colossal, shallow continental shelf you mentioned; that would be a sublime seascape to experience in person, especially since a worl...
by Playing In The Water
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:21 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: A Pumicing Outlook
Replies: 14
Views: 462

What Nanatsu said. The 'natural order of things' absolutely is self-correcting, given enough time, but humanity plays on an altogether faster wavelength than most any of those processes can manage. Oftentimes, with the damage we do to a given niche, that ecosystem's natural 'correcting' process is o...
by Playing In The Water
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:22 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Euthanasia - Right or Wrong?
Replies: 105
Views: 2402

I'm really not too sure what the argument against legalised euthanasia could be. I mean whose place is it to tell someone what to do with their life? Nobody gets legally mandated to live a certain way, or work a certain job; why should someone who is genuinely severely suffering - persistent physica...
by Playing In The Water
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:30 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

We should all get together and plant as many trees as possible, build our own carbon sinks. Lobby for climate change protection, convince your friends and family to vote for pro-climate candidates the deniers are losing ground. Get loud and raise awareness. There's so much we can do: https://www.dr...
by Playing In The Water
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:56 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

Guys this is a matter for Brazil Already false; this is a global matter. That is literally the entire premise - and complication - of planet-wide climate change. if you want go a head violent Brazilian sovereignty, send the message to Russia and China that they can invade any nation as long as the ...
by Playing In The Water
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:39 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Vietnam War Hypothetical Scenario
Replies: 99
Views: 1545

I picked option 4. What would my actions be? Simple; I would die. Mostly because I assume that - with my luck - I would be going about getting ready to carry out whatever option between one through three I thought best, but instead wind up being bitten by a viper or cobra or some such thing that I d...
by Playing In The Water
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:26 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

To be frank, the ones that elect them, or at the very least their dedicated supporters, are no different. Then they are legitimately threatening the country to a ridiculous degree, and should be called out/treated as such. Nobody would be nearly so passive if these dedicated supporters were activel...
by Playing In The Water
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:13 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

It's a remarkable day when someone - a head of state, no less - can openly decry photographic evidence as false and not be tossed out of office for having lost his mind. Satellites have no political bias; the mathematic formulas used to calculate the rapidity of the disappearing rainforest are not a...
by Playing In The Water
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:22 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Muslim woman accused of hate crime
Replies: 287
Views: 3088

Physically disciplining one's wife is allowed in Islamic jurisprudence for something like she got drunk and left the baby alone at a park. Not for just being fussy or nagging or yelling. And presumably women are permitted by Islamic law to beat their husbands for the same affront? This woman decryi...
by Playing In The Water
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:59 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

Severely related article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49144917 Dozens of armed miners have invaded a remote indigenous reserve in northern Brazil and stabbed to death at least one of its leaders, officials say. Residents of a village in Amapá state fled in fear but a community leade...
by Playing In The Water
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:19 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

Killing half of all people isn't ? In my opinion, random, immediate euthanasia that nobody is quite expecting is a far cry from throwing the world into global civil war, disease, and starvation. Don't get me wrong, I severely don't like either idea, but we're looking at a whole bunch of situations ...
by Playing In The Water
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:07 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

Well we can manage the decline without having to actually murder people. A couple of things to get the ball rolling: 1. All foreign food and disease aid ceases and is replaced with contraception or sterilization 2. All criminals, welfare dependents, addicts, those with heritable diseases, etc. are ...
by Playing In The Water
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:58 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

To put us a little back on topic/on track here, 'The Thanos Fix' isn't viable in any real way, shape, or form, and so isn't really worth debating altogether too much. It's a comic book fantasy, whereas we've got just about 8 billion real faces in front of every possible solution and behind every po...
by Playing In The Water
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:46 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

To put us a little back on topic/on track here, 'The Thanos Fix' isn't viable in any real way, shape, or form, and so isn't really worth debating altogether too much. It's a comic book fantasy, whereas we've got just about 8 billion real faces in front of every possible solution and behind every pos...
by Playing In The Water
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:33 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Amazon deforestation nearly beyond recovery
Replies: 196
Views: 5288

Bad as this is, just wait until the real lungs of the planet start malfunctioning. The oceans produce the VAST majority of the oxygen we breathe, and the more we turn our seas into an acid soup, the quicker we're going to learn that something so basic and taken for granted as breathing is not beyond...
by Playing In The Water
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:25 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Classes on Islam should be mandatory, UK teachers say
Replies: 1464
Views: 19966

Shall we get into a pissing contest about all the atrocities the entire Muslim community has committed, then? Or the Christians? How about the various non-denominationals? Nobody on this planet is innocent. We are most all of us victims and perpetrators by this point, and I thought the entire point...
by Playing In The Water
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:16 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Classes on Islam should be mandatory, UK teachers say
Replies: 1464
Views: 19966

Muslims aren't terrorists inherently. The problem that DOES lead to Islamic terrorism is the lack of reform for the modern time. Nobody takes to terrorism inherently, yeah; it takes a very particular set of hardships to turn large swaths of people to such things. In regards to your mention about Is...
by Playing In The Water
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:10 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Classes on Islam should be mandatory, UK teachers say
Replies: 1464
Views: 19966

Religious Education in the UK isn't particularly well taught or comprehensive regarding any religion or secular philosophy. Educating children about what people believe and why they believe it, the history of a faith and it's adherents, and divisions within a religion are all important in order to ...
by Playing In The Water
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:59 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Classes on Islam should be mandatory, UK teachers say
Replies: 1464
Views: 19966

Consider that Israel has been tearing down Muslim communities for decades and seizing their land with the repeated pretense being the Holocaust. Of course many children who know about that or experienced it are going to be peeved during a class about the Holocaust. Shall we get into a pissing conte...
by Playing In The Water
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:48 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Classes on Islam should be mandatory, UK teachers say
Replies: 1464
Views: 19966

In the Netherlands muslim kids do tend to simply not show up for history lessons about the holocaust; or even disrupt them outright through yelling about the "vileness of jews". It has gotten so bad that some schools simply stopped teaching it. This is disgusting if true. I'm really hopin...
by Playing In The Water
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:41 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Classes on Islam should be mandatory, UK teachers say
Replies: 1464
Views: 19966

I have to say that I am not in favour of parents being able to opt their children out of selective sections of a mandatory course. If it is a collection of religions that are studied in Religious Education (I am not at all familiar with UK schooling, but many previous posters here have been adamant ...
by Playing In The Water
Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:37 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Hans Rosling has died
Replies: 10
Views: 481

Well that's symbolic, isn't it.

Really though, it's sad to hear that. We need more people like him around, not less. Hope his friends and family are doing okay.

One more notch for cancer, I guess.
by Playing In The Water
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:43 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: 115th Congress of the United States
Replies: 718
Views: 7977

First strike was reading "a great American President, Donald J. Trump." You have no clue whether or not he's going to be a great president; all anyone has seen of him so far is as a reality TV star and a blowhard politician on the campaign trail. That is not much to go on for in-office beh...
by Playing In The Water
Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:14 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Bringing eSports to the Olympics?
Replies: 140
Views: 1678

No. Beyond my own personal feelings on the matter - I am strictly in the 'absolutely not' camp on this - there are a few set-in-stone reasons why 'esports' should not and will not be included in anything Olympic. To start, there is the simple fact that the IOC has set a maximum limit on the number o...
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