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Ronda Rousey on cover of Aus. Men's Fitness magazine

Started this discussion. Last reply by matt.clerke Oct 11. 47 Replies

Found this article this morning and instantly thought Belle would be interested to hear about it... may as well make a discussion.…Continue

Tags: cover, fitness, men's, Rousey, Ronda

Objections to incest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pope Beanie Feb 6, 2013. 39 Replies

Hi All,    I allow my mind to wander sometimes (particularly on the bus) and somehow wound up thinking about incest. I get that it's wrong, The thought of being sexual with my brother is definitely…Continue

Tags: objections, incest

Minimum standard of humane living (discussion about welfare)

Started Feb 12, 2012 0 Replies

In Australia, our welfare payments for the unemployed are very low. A little over $400 per fortnight, about $16 per day after rent has been payed. A lot of Australians receiving this payment are…Continue

Tags: standard, living, welfare

Using religion to sanctify acts

Started Jan 5, 2012 0 Replies

While browsing for my morning news, I found the following link: …Continue

Tags: copyright, kopimi, FSM, religion, new

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matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'What does "earn" mean to you?'
"I agree, except the power imbalance in real life is far more pronounced. Here's the flip side of this: What did this one member do to gain all of this power? If he just took it, it's theft and thus not relevant... so he must of provided…"
9 hours ago
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'What does "earn" mean to you?'
"I think luck applies evenly over the population, so we can safely say that everyone has the same chances for lucky breaks and such, thus making it irrelevant. As for help, I'm not sure what help you mean? I'm sure we can agree we should…"
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matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'What does "earn" mean to you?'
"You seem to be implying that wealth isn't earned. If wealth isn't earned then we don't deserve it and should give it to charity. If we did that, we would all be living like cave men. Where's the straw man? I'm just…"
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matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'What does "earn" mean to you?'
"Perhaps we should all quit out jobs and live like cave men? The wealth I earn from my job buys me a secure place to live and enough food and utilities for my family to live. In what sense have I not earned this? In what way do I not deserve these…"
10 hours ago
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'What does "earn" mean to you?'
"Nothing. We just need to strike a balance between redistributing wealth and disincentivising investment. For what it's worth, Bill and Melinda Gates are putting alot of money into charity these days."
10 hours ago
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Sustainable Living'
"I don't think THAT dragon provides anyone much peace... maybe sufferers of chronic pain. Sorry to hear you are again struggling to maintain a place to live. I hope you find a stable solution."
10 hours ago
matt.clerke commented on Reg The Fronkey Farmer's blog post 'How to help an Atheist find God.'
"Then why call them God? They are just another being of limited power. Just so we're clear, I take the same stance in regard to most things in life... If it is defined without logical contradiction or circular logic, and there is evidence…"
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Anarchism: threat or menace? (Scott Graves, this means you)'
"Well, it wouldn't be very interesting to have a clock read 6:16, would it?"
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Anarchism: threat or menace? (Scott Graves, this means you)'
"2 sixes, plus 1 makes 3! HALFLIFE 3 CONFIRMED! Wait, how is that relevant? And do we judge the success of a civilisation by how quickly it produces flying machines?"
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'Anarchism: threat or menace? (Scott Graves, this means you)'
"I'm confused about your point here... In China, the airlines will all use the chinese plane because they are both owned by the government. In Australia, if we produced an airplane, the government would put in place significant incentives to…"
Nov 23
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Black Friday'
"Australia has Boxing Day, too... Our economy really only shuts down for Christmas day though."
Nov 23
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is a "Refugee?"'
"The republicans will say anything to make their dick sound bigger. "WAR on drugs!" "Tough on crime" "Stronger vetting process" At this point it all sounds like pointless chest beating to me... at least until they…"
Nov 23
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is a "Refugee?"'
"Hi Belle, I went looking for "intolerable requiring refuge." to get a little more context around your question but I couldn't find it. I'll just answer as best I can. Certainly having the city you live in bombed is fairly…"
Nov 23
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is a "Refugee?"'
"Frankly, if there aren't terrorists in a swarm of refugees this large, I would be truly shocked. Think about it... if you have people willing to die, for your cause, in foreign countries, why WOULDN'T you use an opportunity like this to…"
Nov 23
Ian replied to matt.clerke's discussion 'Atheist slogans to ward off door to door christians.'
"I've tried most of those, including phoning the kingdom hall.  Their pastor (or whatever they call them) told me that all I had to do was send them a letter & they'd stop bugging me. Then they sent me a personally addressed…"
Nov 23
TJ replied to matt.clerke's discussion 'Atheist slogans to ward off door to door christians.'
" not full of fire and brimstone then? I'll have to redo, um I mean re-think, this...."
Nov 23

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Catholic church offends and disgusts me (news article response)

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 7:13pm 4 Comments

Hi All,

    I checked the news on this morning and found this article. In which the catholic church both offends and disgusts me.

I will start by explaining the latter. It makes the assumption that a woman needs a husband to be complete, and urges young women in Australia to marry quickly or they will miss out. Why, as a man,…


Another reason religion is a bad, bad, thing (like we needed another one)

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:21pm 3 Comments

Image being 15 years old, your parents have just sent you and your siblings to your aunt's house for christmas. Upon arrival, you are accused of being a sorcerer and tortured as such, and by christmas day, you have begged for the release and peace of death and are finally drowned.

I found the following link while browsing for my morning news: …


Grid computing

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 10:56pm 0 Comments

Hi all,

    I wanted to put up a post about grid or distributed computing. If there is a problem which can be solved by a computer, that's great. What happens when it would take a single computer a thousand years to compute the solution? The answer is to break the problem down into as many small pieces as possible and to compute them all at the same time! Now the problem for someone with a large problem set is no longer a lack of time to compute their final result, but a lack of…


Political compass

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 8:23pm 10 Comments

Hi all,

My (future) uncle-in-law showed me the other day and I thought it would be interesting to compare my place on the compass to that of other atheists. We might even be able to show, once and for all, that atheists really do have different views.


I took the test and ended up in the lower left region, somewhere near Ghandi and the Dalai Lama. Apparently this means I would prefer a somewhat economically communistic society with liberal social…


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Thanks. The album is out now, here:

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