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

Started this discussion. Last reply by matt.clerke Oct 11, 2015. 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 Davis Goodman's discussion 'How to easily manipulate people into voting for something utterly against their best interests'
"Why does everyone state this and then make the assumption that it was the people voting exit who made those searches? It could of easily been people voting to stay and then searching for what they just voted to stay in. Can't stand faulty logic."
Monday
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I don't understand Brexit'
"How quaint. 5+ hours for me here in South Australia. Then again, Australian states are much larger, geographically,  than US states. Don't even get me started about getting into another country!"
Monday
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I don't understand Brexit'
"My understanding is that the EU is a set of trade partnerships and open border policies for its members to use to increase ease of trade with the rest of the world and unite Europe to allow competition with the US and China. The problem? It takes…"
Sunday
matt.clerke replied to Wassabi's discussion 'the possibilty of a creator after all?'
"Hi Wassabi, Sounds like you're a deist. i.e. believe in a deity which doesn't intervene in the universe. Also, atoms are not the building blocks. Protons, and neutrons are built of 3 quarks each, so maybe quarks are the basic building…"
Jun 16
matt.clerke replied to Ralph Burks's discussion 'Are atheist a part of the collective consciousness?'
"People use poles for fishing. i.e. fishing poles."
Jun 2
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Monkey Business'
"Have you watched the video? Full grown gorilla drags the boy around at high speed... seems like injury is inevitable."
Jun 2
matt.clerke replied to fruyian's discussion 'Was Christopher Hitchens sexist in saying that "women can work but don't have to" ?'
"I think I agree, Belle. With the exception being where the man is just not capable of earning to support the family. In this case, either both should work or if the woman can support the family, she should work (i.e. if the woman is college educated…"
Jun 1
matt.clerke replied to fruyian's discussion 'Was Christopher Hitchens sexist in saying that "women can work but don't have to" ?'
"That doesn't sound right... I suspect you haven't articulated your thought clearly here... because ONLY female humans can bear human children. Maybe you meant to say "Hitchens was against women being only child bearers and…"
Jun 1
matt.clerke replied to Ralph Burks's discussion 'Are atheist a part of the collective consciousness?'
"Yes, Belle, this thread sure is a "catch"!"
Jun 1
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'This topic again'
"Here's another point no one has mentioned yet: In a world where technology does the bulk of the work, people will still desire human contact. Maybe the US's transition to a service economy is indicative of the way things will look in the…"
Jun 1
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'This topic again'
"Indeed. Technology kills jobs because it performs the jobs at a cost lower than hiring human beings to do it. One way to combat that job loss is to reduce/remove the minimum wage. You're not going to buy a robot for thousands of dollars when…"
Jun 1
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Monkey Business'
"pacifist? Forgive me, sometimes things like this just bug me."
Jun 1
matt.clerke replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Monkey Business'
"I was trying to avoid this story as ultimately, I have only so much time and this is just one boy and a gorilla... ...but my wife brought it up last night and we looked into it together. I place the blame squarely with the zoo. Why? Have a look at…"
Jun 1
matt.clerke replied to Ralph Burks's discussion 'Are atheist a part of the collective consciousness?'
"Wow, Beanie, you make TA sound like a cult... Exactly my point... trivial, real world connection is so trivial we don't remark on it. Technically we are all connected, but as Unseen pointed out: many of those connections are largely irrelevant…"
May 31
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'This topic again'
"Precisely the reason we shouldn't double down on that failed economic policy."
May 31
matt.clerke replied to Unseen's discussion 'This topic again'
"Indeed... I know it sounds like a republican cliche by now but: having a minimum wage cuts off the lowest rungs on the economical ladder. It sounds stupid to most people because most people managed to find employment... they were able to either get…"
May 31

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Software Engineer, gamer, science-enthusiast, and future husband(although I disagree somewhat with the concept of marriage). I'm also going to have a baby soon, check out omgimgonnabeadaddy.blogspot.com for my blog about that!
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I found someone asking for advice that I couldn't let slip through the cracks...She was clearly looking for validation that sexual experimentation is ok.
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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 news.com.au 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,…

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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: …

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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…

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Political compass

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

Hi all,

My (future) uncle-in-law showed me politicalcompass.org 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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At 1:37pm on November 18, 2011, Syqnys said…

Thanks. The album is out now, here: http://syqs.bandcamp.com/album/hypatias-reign

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