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by Chan Island
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:04 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: How to "prove" the effects of a protest?
Replies: 36
Views: 661

How to prove? Difficult to say, because protests take place in a complex political picture with more moving parts than can reasonably be tracked. But generally I'd go with: a) Measure how public opinion shifts in relation to the events of the protest. For example, does the police overreact to a prot...
by Chan Island
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:27 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: UK Politics Thread XII: Brexit High Noon Saloon
Replies: 1935
Views: 28706

Greed and Death wrote:Why is everyone who typically leans left against more high speed rail in the UK ? I thought that was the left's thing.


Hey! I'm on the left and incredibly in favour of HS2. It ought to have been built 20 years ago.
by Chan Island
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Arts & Fiction
Topic: The Warhammer 40.000/Fantasy Discussion Thread Mk.III
Replies: 653
Views: 20206

Tethys 13 wrote:They are all just shooting each other up there...

(Image)


I don't know. But it fires off when you ram your head repeatedly against that big red button over there.
by Chan Island
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:43 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: UN Torture Expert: Assange is Being Tortured
Replies: 40
Views: 579

Whether he is guilty or not, it must be said that the way the authorities have treated him in prison has been unconscionable. At the very least he shouldn't be in solitary confinement the whole damn time.
by Chan Island
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:40 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: UK Politics Thread XII: Brexit High Noon Saloon
Replies: 1935
Views: 28706



Ah, Terfs. Giving feminism a bad name since it's very inception.
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:16 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: US reaches truce with Taliban
Replies: 279
Views: 3599

The Legendary wrote:This agreement gives the taliban a golden opportunity to recover and strengthen it self.


As opposed to.... just keep fighting and have the thousands of bodies keep piling up?
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:59 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: UK Politics Thread XII: Brexit High Noon Saloon
Replies: 1935
Views: 28706

The Huskar Social Union wrote:lol


Dear oh dear.
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:57 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: 2020 US General Election Thread IV: The Battle Begins
Replies: 9044
Views: 97039

Biden used to be better. He's just not himself since Beau died. He had 4 children, he lost one, you think in nearly four years he could have got over it. Written like somebody's who's never lost a loved one. The pain of such a loss stays with you forever. And no pain is ever as harsh as that of los...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:53 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: US reaches truce with Taliban
Replies: 279
Views: 3599

Good. Hopefully the agreement holds up and all of the senseless violence in Afghanistan can finally end.
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:00 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: UK Politics Thread XII: Brexit High Noon Saloon
Replies: 1935
Views: 28706

2 Labour MPs are quarantining themselves for having attended an event that one of the people confirmed with the disease attended. \

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/ ... -live-news
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:14 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

As for the question at the centre of this thread, I would think it's obvious that just coming to a realization about the truth (as I see it) shouldn't logically be expected to lead to a better world. If anything, by coming to that realization, the absurd world we live in becomes that much more appa...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:13 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

Me? I was a totally miserable sod when I dabbled in belief. Also when should I point out that the list of the least religious places on Earth overlaps pretty well with the list of the most prosperous, equal and cohesive societies on Earth? And yet, the PRC and the Soviet Union were officially athei...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:11 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

But religion has become a default refuge and excuse for those who seek to justify inequality or destroying human dignity. Religion is one of many excuses. It's a very useful excuse, but protecting a revolution or something like that works just as well and doesn't require a God. Removing a powerful ...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:40 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

Religion preaches about things that probably don't exist, atheism doesn't. Religion is a postive claim, atheism (as a whole) isn't. Religion wastes your time on useless things like prayer, atheism doesn't. Atheism in the modern day is a sort of creed that comes pre-packaged with its own ideology th...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:38 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

That's not necessarily accurate. Although atheism hasn't made the world a better place, it has been incredibly beneficial to individual people. Whom, exactly, has atheism benefitted? Me? I was a totally miserable sod when I dabbled in belief. Also when should I point out that the list of the least ...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:36 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

Atheism has proliferated apostasy from the truth of religion. This alone makes it a negative effect on society, and more importantly it is deadly to heavenly society. Atheism destroys the joy of souls. And yet on average the non-religious are happier than the religious according to surveys. And wha...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:29 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Rhapsody in TET
Replies: 10381
Views: 129241

Ethel mermania wrote:
Chan Island wrote:
No, just an 'I don't work' signal, and even the tech support person on the phone was like "huh, this isn't normal. When are available to have an engineer come round?" :(

They are cheap, just have your isp ship a new one


I know, but everything entails more damn waiting. ;-;
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:24 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Rhapsody in TET
Replies: 10381
Views: 129241

Pax Nerdvana wrote:
Chan Island wrote:
Would you say that this tack attacked you?

You could say that. Is your router giving you mixed signals?


No, just an 'I don't work' signal, and even the tech support person on the phone was like "huh, this isn't normal. When are available to have an engineer come round?" :(
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:21 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Rhapsody in TET
Replies: 10381
Views: 129241

Pax Nerdvana wrote:I stepped on a tack this morning. It's a tacky issue.


Would you say that this tack attacked you?
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:17 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

And then there's one of the architects of the Anabaptist uprising in Munster back in 1648 (also my favourite Dan Carlin episode ever....) was this crazy man who would have arguments with 'God' right in front of people. He was allegedly a hell of a person to meet. Tbf, if I suddenly started seeing g...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:13 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: 2020 US General Election Thread IV: The Battle Begins
Replies: 9044
Views: 97039

Sanders has a small lead in a new Texas Democratic Primary Poll . The breakdown: Sanders 24% Biden 22% Warren 15% Bloomberg 10% Buttigieg 7% Klobuchar/Steyer 3% Gabbard 2% Other 8% (Yang 6%; is out) Assuming this plays out, Sanders would be positioned to win big on Super Tuesday (he already leads i...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:10 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

That's actually a philosophically tangled debate. Could you really be considered an atheist if you personally know God? Well, you'd 100% know it's real, but on the other hand it wouldn't be a matter of faith, it'd be fact. Suffice to say there's a lot of really interesting reading out there on the ...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:58 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: 2020 US General Election Thread IV: The Battle Begins
Replies: 9044
Views: 97039

Sanders has a small lead in a new Texas Democratic Primary Poll . The breakdown: Sanders 24% Biden 22% Warren 15% Bloomberg 10% Buttigieg 7% Klobuchar/Steyer 3% Gabbard 2% Other 8% (Yang 6%; is out) Assuming this plays out, Sanders would be positioned to win big on Super Tuesday (he already leads i...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:54 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

I don't think it's the job of atheism to make the world a better place. Also, even if you could prove a correlation between belief in deities and positive social outcomes, they still don't exist. True, but if one could prove a correlation -- or even a causation -- that belief in deities causes nega...
by Chan Island
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:50 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Has atheism made the world a better place?
Replies: 1018
Views: 9062

Because God created Adam and Eve. Both of whom were atheists. They knew God personally, he hung out with them, they probably had regular chats about the weather he'd been creating. They didn't believe in God any more than I believe in the computer I'm typing on. God's existence was not a matter of ...
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