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A libertarian approach to the drug problem

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen 6 hours ago. 8 Replies

Any rational citizen of the United States has to realize that the War on Drugs is a total and abject failure. The main thing it has to show for itself is an overburdened prison system tied with a…Continue

Tags: Drugs, prison, population, on, War

The Movie Kiss: Romance or Rape?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen 6 hours ago. 42 Replies

We've all seen that scene in the popular movie where the guy can't resist planting a heavy-duty open-mouthed kiss on the main female character.Simple question: Is this still romantic or is it now…Continue

Tags: cinema, rape, kissing

Pandora's Promise — Reconsidering nuclear power

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arcus on Friday. 16 Replies

For many people my age (the boomers who became The Hippie Generation), our introduction to nuclear energy was the H-bomb (the A-bomb came before I was born). After that, it seems every generation or…Continue

Tags: climate, environment, fukushima, chernobyl, power

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Unseen replied to Roy Plisko's discussion 'What is the Destiny of Intelligence?'
"Oh, I want to add that if you really want responses, you might keep your posts considerably shorter. There's no way I could say all I want to say to your post without devoting hours and hours to it, and I don't want to become one of the TA…"
5 hours ago
Unseen replied to Roy Plisko's discussion 'What is the Destiny of Intelligence?'
"Chimps have been shown to be able to master human sign language (the type used to communicate with deaf people). Gray parrots seem to be able to not only understand and use concepts like color, shape, and number, but to form novel…"
5 hours ago
Unseen replied to Roy Plisko's discussion 'What is the Destiny of Intelligence?'
"if a whole species became omniscient collectively, would we be able to tell them apart?  Would they be able to tell each other apart? Omniscience, like any "omni" trait has its paradoxical aspects. If someone were actually omnicient,…"
6 hours ago
Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Movie Kiss: Romance or Rape?'
"Well, the new rules aren't male-specific. And the basic question as it might be reworded is, "Is a surprise kiss a kind of rape? Really?""
6 hours ago
Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"I hope I made clear that drugs would have to continue to be illegal for minors and people who've shown a history of letting drugs get them into trouble. I also think that EVERYBODY knows that drugs like heroin and meth are addictive and can…"
6 hours ago
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"Of course, the DEA and cops won't easily let go of all that funding.  "
9 hours ago
Erock68la replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"Yes.  From strictly a cost perspective, education and treatment would be a drop in the bucket compared to courts and jails.  What would cost more, a 30, 60, or 90-day rehab stay or a trial and months or years in jail? From a human…"
9 hours ago
Ed replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
""So, is hands off the right approach?" Certainly the hands on approach has only been effective in wasting hundreds of billions of dollars and needlessly clogging our penal system. Spend money on rehab clinics and other self help programs.…"
9 hours ago
Reg The Fronkey Farmer replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"Why we need to end the War on Drugs (Ted Talk)."
10 hours ago
_Robert_ replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"Can we bring back opium dens? "
12 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"Indeed. With drugs like heroin they should be merely decriminalized and not made legal. This is the policy in nordic countries. Those found doing heroin are given the choice of drug treatment or pretty strict parole in some countries and in others…"
12 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'A libertarian approach to the drug problem'
"I'm in favour of legalisation of drugs, however I would want to see it go hand in hand with better drugs education. Maybe drugs education classes in school rather like sex education classes. The reason I say this is because I would be concerned…"
13 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Movie Kiss: Romance or Rape?'
"Yes. Just like real life."
13 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Movie Kiss: Romance or Rape?'
"lol Just like real life. Hahhahaa"
13 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Movie Kiss: Romance or Rape?'
"Yes...and it was very kind of you to provide a specific example. We can do all of the work and find examples for him."
13 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Movie Kiss: Romance or Rape?'
"I don't want to fight Unseen's battles for him ;-) but I found the words: "the guy can't resist planting a heavy-duty open-mouthed kiss on the main female character" to be quite specific. It gave me enough information to…"
13 hours ago

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MA in Philosophy. I call myself an atheistic agnostic. In other words, I'm atheist until someone proves I'm wrong.
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Strangely, you don't include the most obvious answer: God doesn't appear to exist, even as a possibility.
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Unseen's Blog

A great number of paradoxes, starting with Scroedinger's cat

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

I'm sorry, but I had to stop listening to this bit at about the fourth paradox due to being out of breath from laughing. How long can you last?

Famous last words. No...really!

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

I found a website where Texas lists every capital execution from 1982 on. One of the more interesting things about it is that it includes any last statements the prisoners made. Interesting reading. Lots of "foxhole converts" among them, I note.

OBAMACARE Is Better Than You Think

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 11:40am 1 Comment

In just one week the main part of Obamacare will begin to kick in. This is the state level exchanges that will allow the uninsured to be covered. Beginning on October 1, people will be able to sign up to get insurance in their state regardless of their health.

Most people signing up on the exchanges will qualify for subsidies based on their income and family size. This means that the cost of insurance will be less than the advertised price.

This is good…

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More proof (if you needed any) that things go in cycles

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Samsung has released its new Galaxy Mega, which has a...(wait for it)....(wait for it)...(wait for it)...6.3-inch screen! Tablets tend to start off just .7 inches. 

I have to laugh because after a couple decades of making cell phones as small as possible...…

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At 9:06pm on September 19, 2014, Davis Goodman said…

Can't believe we weren't official friends here all this time!!!!

At 3:34am on September 2, 2014, Demetrius Alcala said…

You stole CBS

At 7:51am on August 10, 2014, Brandon Bissell said…

Yeah thanks. I was hoping to talk to you about something so I'll send a message soon.

At 10:30pm on March 25, 2014, Justin said…

ah yes Im new to it, thank u

At 2:58am on March 25, 2014, EMil Wentzel said…

Thanks :)

I'm still feeling my way around, glad to see so many wonderful positive and active voices here :)

At 11:56am on February 7, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Thanks for the add Unseen. We took long enough lol...

At 2:46pm on August 30, 2013, Beth said…

Nice to meet you too!

At 3:45pm on May 22, 2013, Asura said…

Yeah i'am new here, seems like an amazing place :D

Thank you!

At 4:25am on March 3, 2013, Gregg R Thomas said…

You Tyrant You.  LOL

Oh well at least we now have Richard Bohn, I wonder how long he will last. :D

At 10:33pm on March 2, 2013, Gregg R Thomas said…

Nice to be here, your thread got closed.

That's one of my pet peeves about Internet forums, the arbitrary overreaching invisible controlling hand.  But maybe it's just me...I gots me plentys of pets that peeves me. :D 

 
 
 

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