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Assuming we care about Boko Haram's victims, what can we actually do about them? Should we?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen on Tuesday. 5 Replies

The Islamic sect called Boko Haram was born in 2009 and began their terror campaign in 2010, but they didn't make front page and evening news headlines until April of this year with the abduction of…Continue

Tags: Niger, Chad, Nigeria, terrorism, Haram

Paris massacre makes restraining NSA spying a hard sell in Washington

Started Jan 15 0 Replies

To many, it's looking like having a system that monitors communications worldwide isn't a system that needs to be done away with, rather it's one that needs to be beefed up and improved.No system is…Continue

Tags: terrorism, NSA, Washington, Hebdo, massacre

Did Charlie Hebdo starting publication again just make things worse rather than better?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen on Tuesday. 24 Replies

The reappearance of Charlie Hebdo on the newsstands in France has allowed the French to take a stand against terrorism and imperial Islam on the one hand, but on the other hand it may just make…Continue

Tags: world, leaders, terrorism, Hebdo, Charlie

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Gary Clouse replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I somewhat agree on this. If you outlaw guns, outlaws will still have guns. The problem is that , in a society driven by a bipolar media system sensible solutions are ignored in favor of extremes. The idea of outlawing gun ownership by private…"
1 hour ago
_Robert_ replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I don't believe telephone surveys asking people if they are heroes in their own mind is good data. If guns were useful in foiling  homicides there would be a substantial  number of justifiable homicides compared to…"
1 hour ago
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"It reminds me of any attempt to make more people obey a law by tightening it's restrictions. I'm not saying we don't need laws - just that when someone makes a conscious decision to disobey one further restrictions on that law are not…"
2 hours ago
Virgil replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I think you hit the nail on the head Simon. Just a few lines later they say: "But it is highly unlikely that criminals would comply with gun prohibition to the same extent as noncriminals;" "Highly unlikely" trumps…"
3 hours ago
Virgil replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"Here's the link and introduction to FSU's Dr Gary Kleck's information on the number of defensive gun uses in the USA and why there's such a wide variation in the numbers of the many studies and surveys done on the subject. How…"
3 hours ago
Virgil replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I agree with you Simon. Here's an interesting lead in to a study of the number of defensive gun uses (DGU's) and why there's such a wide variations in the findings of all the studies done on the subject.  How Often Are Firearms…"
3 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I like the way they describe the first as an "optimistic" scenario: "gun prohibition might reduce gun ownership equiproportionately among criminals and noncriminals" I would use the word delusional rather than optimistic."
3 hours ago
Virgil replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I'd heard about and seen the 2013 Florida State University study on guns quoted elsewhere.  Here's the conclusion at the bottom of the summary about it. The policy implications of our findings are perhaps best understood in the…"
3 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I don't think anyone here has any illusions about ever convincing Americans about anything relating to gun control. The original question in this forum wasn't about if guns should be controlled in the US but if things would have gone…"
6 hours ago
Unseen commented on Ed's blog post 'Arkansas legislative proposal to remove state's dual celebration of Lee & King'
"Why do they celebrate Robt E Lee, anyway? Just to stick a finger in the eye of black people in Arkansas?"
6 hours ago
Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"I'm all for researching the issue. I just don't think there are that many on the verge of changing their minds about guns because they don't know the facts. Are you really all that impressed with the rationality of the average…"
8 hours ago
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"If I remember correctly, you're referring to the case where Jack Phillips, of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, refused to bake a cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig because they were gay. The Cake Shop lost because Colorado state law…"
8 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"[The attack on Hebdo] may have ended differently with more bloodshed, or ended with pretty much the same amount of bloodshed, or ended with no bloodshed apart from the assailants'. It's useless to speculate in this scenario. You're…"
10 hours ago
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"Thanks. It's good to be back, Davis."
10 hours ago
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"The president used similar language in his attempt to have the CDC resume gathering data on the problem: "Two years ago this week, President Obama ordered the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get back to studying…"
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kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"I was fortunate in my brief stint as a waiter. Over the course of my service, I only had three bad customers. One of them punished themselves (she just kept eating something to which she was allergic without telling us), and one of the others was…"
11 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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65-70
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Single
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I followed a link on twitter
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Christian
Why you left your religion.
Strangely, you don't include the most obvious answer: God doesn't appear to exist, even as a possibility.
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followed a link I saw on twitter

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Scientists are now admitting that nuclear power is greener than other alternatives

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 12:29pm 37 Comments

The full read from which the following quote is taken is here.

Nuclear power is one of the least damaging sources of energy for the environment, and the green movement must accept its expansion if the world is to…

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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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At 3:26pm on December 14, 2014, Virgil said…

You and I got off to a bad start and I almost gave up on AT cuz of it.  I'm glad I didn't.  Amazing how much you and I agree on besides views on how jobs are created, the meaning of wealth and what produces it. All of that I believe about those things are from my personal experience in the past 5 years since becoming a civilian. I believe in them more today than ever before but all that is teeny minor crap compared to my core convictions.  The main reason I argued with you about that was the wrong reason to to argue.  I was offended on a personal level by things you said and I gave into that & put my anger ahead of reason. 

Interrogation.  Please point out any errors in you see in my reasoning.... (why ask, you'll do it even if I don't ask hahahaha!)

my last tour 2009 in Afgh I was a E4, a corporal, just one tiny small guy the big picture. When I heard this report was coming out I thought "oh shit!  This is going to get nasty!"  But wait... "nasty" is a relative term. As a war vet, my idea of nasty in regards to what could have been in that report  is waaaaaaaaay different from Joe Civilian's definition of nasty.  In fact my definition of nasty info on EIT would be impossible for him to wrap his head around and not break out in a chicken little dance. 

There's no damned way Feinstein & the others with that report know less about EIT than I do unless the CIA and armed forces have been totally lying to them.  That's just not possible. 

I've read all I can find for details, watched TV for the hot talking points and I have come to the conclusion that whole report just about has to be a psyop to cover ALLLLLLLLL the shit guys like me know and all the shit guys like me don't know.  For me there hasn't been ONE DETAIL in that report that was newsy or nasty.  I really feel what's going on is a well planned magician's trick that starts  off with him saying, "watch me cut off my right hand" to distract everyone IN THE WORLD while they sneak a 60 ton plaid elephant across the stage. 

This isn't a conspiracy theory about some secret plot from the Obama white house.  This is a theory about possibly pulling off a great Intel move to benefit the very people and programs that it's supposed to be making the focus of world wide outrage. 

But wait.  There's more.

There were things in that report that were totally ridiculous and almost funny when you thin about them.  ONLY  dummasses would fall for some of the shit AND the media and none of the "experts" have even tried to point the silly shit out. 

Think. The report says next to no vital intel has been obtained through EIT.  It says most of the intel obtained is lies told under torture.  I don't recall ONE time in my whole 22 months in Afgh when we were told, "get your guns and let's go find some bad guys to shoot." Every time we did anything se went out to specific places looking at specific times, to look for specific people, specific things and act like we were just dumb gyrines who didn't know what we were looking for. One time we did a four hour search on a small 6 house village before "noticing" the exact item we'd been shown satellite images of sitting right in our way the whole time.   Sooooo where did that intel come from?  The pentagon must be using psychics and have consult fortune tellers.  ...........  That's just one example.  One time we were rushed out to set up a  fake road check, told what car to look for, who would be in it and make sure its 4 tires were blown out 1 km before the road block so the occupants would have to get out and walk after all traffic on the road was stopped to prevent them from hitching rides.  When we go the guys back to base there were interesting guys there. After a staged accidental explosion the 3

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

 
 
 

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