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The Right to Discriminate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Mar 4. 76 Replies

I wrote a letter to the NY Times in reply to Gail Collins' piece on Arizona. It was published but, of course, even though the point of the letter was to ask for an explanation, there were no…Continue

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The Right to Discriminate

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I wrote a letter to the NY Times in reply to Gail Collins' piece on Arizona. It was published but, of course, even though the point of the letter was to ask for an explanation, there were no…Continue

Tags: law, Discrimination

Finally - An Economist Who Makes Sense

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Be Afraid - Be Very Afraid

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"If you have something you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, GoogleContinue

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MikeLong replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"If you want to communicate precisely, use words for which the usage is understood. This brain pathology obviously has a name - USE IT! Saying that everyone who has this condition is a "psychopath" is not only incorrect but also…"
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MikeLong replied to Unseen's discussion 'What to do about psychopaths now that we can identify them?'
"Here's my usual (English teacher) spiel. It's a matter of definition. You (with support) want to DEFINE psychopathy AS this brain condition. I disagree. To continue my usual spiel, a word MEANS what most people think it means and MOST…"
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MikeLong replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"Now here's a situation in which (capital) "He" and "Him" might not only be grammatically correct but also useful. I COULD just assume that "he" refers to "the person" and "Him" to…"
Sep 9
MikeLong replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"Nicely put. Yes, that is precisely the audience to whom I might assert my rather specious grammatical distinction."
Sep 9
MikeLong replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"Well neither, really. It's just the combination of its grammatical structure and the pedantry of an English teacher."
Sep 8
MikeLong replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"Well,,, the first letter (capitalized or not) sort of defines itself as being negative."
Sep 8
MikeLong replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"I understand and, to a point, agree. I tend never to say, "I don't believe in God". This. to me, implies there IS a God in whom I personally do not believe."
Sep 7
MikeLong replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"@Gregg: They weren't."
Sep 7
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Knowledge is Powerful, knowledge is heavy....'
"Well actually, Tom, my self esteem is very high - perhaps too high. My personal self esteem compares my self, my attributes, and my skills with others. In my eyes I mostly come out ahead (especially, I might add, in general life happiness and…"
Sep 5
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Knowledge is Powerful, knowledge is heavy....'
"To me the opposite is true. The religious look for "eternal life for ME. IIIiii can't die. I'm too important." Atheism lets us (forces us) to see that we are all ONE. Our whole planet is but a mote of dust. How insignificant,…"
Sep 2
MikeLong replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'How do you cure Insanity???'
"In my opinion the subject should really be, "how do you get (stay) emotionally and physically away from the person while keeping yourself SAFE on every level. I am VERY worried that he might not be totally loving and accepting of your decision…"
Aug 31
MikeLong replied to Charles J Hunsinger's discussion 'What is the value of Atheism to humanity?'
"Agree but I prefer a step beyond that. There is no God. Although most here would probably disagree, that COULD be thought of as a scientific statement. Let's draw a parallel to gravity. Were I to hold a pen in front of me supported by nothing…"
Aug 31
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Police accountability and Michael Brown'
"It's your to use as you like except please don't include my name. I'm not in control of the context in which it will be used. (Make up a pseudonym if you like) "
Aug 28
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Police accountability and Michael Brown'
"Again. they didn't consider situations where cops guns were ALREADY drawn."
Aug 28
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Police accountability and Michael Brown'
"Yep - that may be the problem. Is the protocol, "if he takes one step toward you after being warned, you may "defend" yourself in any way you see fit". If so, something needs to change. People are sick of young black men…"
Aug 28
MikeLong replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Police accountability and Michael Brown'
"Not everyone does. When the suspect is dead, there's little point in second guessing - no one will learn from a killing - least of all the victim. I have no problem with police officers drawing their weapons or even shooting if they genuinely…"
Aug 27

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Crossing the Divide

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 5:30am 0 Comments

I am an atheist, so when I use the word God, I am referring to others' belief systems.

 

I don't understand how critical or confrontational approaches are going to make anyone change their mind about God.  Believers try to point to “proof” of God. There can’t be physical proof of God because God is supernatural. Anyone who points to physical “proof” has, by definition, come up with a NATURAL phenomenon - which CAN’T be God. Conversely contributors on atheist sites quote the…

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At 5:05am on September 16, 2013, ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp said…

Thank you <3

At 10:13pm on March 20, 2013, Morgan Matthew said…

Hi MikeLong, you just have to have a popular topic. It will organically (Automatically) move it's way up or down the "Whats new today" side bar.

At 7:26pm on March 15, 2013, archaeopteryx said…

RE: "I seem to have a rather singular ambivalence toward the Bible." - you might be surprised, as the title is misleading - you should at least take a minute and check it out.

At 6:16pm on March 14, 2013, Real Life James Bond said…
Lol, I'm not perfect, sometimes it needs to be done. I don't hold grudges about stuff like that :)
At 8:58pm on May 31, 2011, Heather Spoonheim said…
Thanks, Mike - I've been called easy before, but never in that context.
At 6:58pm on May 31, 2011, Heather Spoonheim said…
Thank you for the well thought, and poignantly written, response to Sassafras.  He actually called another veteran an 'unpatriotic coward' even after knowing the man was a retired intelligence officer.  I do hope that he eventually takes the time to question his belief-set, if even only to doubt it for an instant.  In any event, I'm pleased to have your input on this site on all issues - although this one in particular is distinctly pleasing.
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