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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 Jan 20. 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 Jan 20. 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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Gregg R Thomas replied to Unseen's discussion 'France has strict gun laws. Why didn’t that save Charlie Hebdo victims?'
"Butter...Butter...Butter...what a cry-baby."
1 hour ago
Unseen replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'The Good guy with a Gun is a myth.'
"Should the restrictions many anti-gun people REALLY want require a Contitutional Amendment, the FYI: The Constitutional Amendment, the Twenty-seventh Amendment, prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of Congress from…"
2 hours ago
Unseen replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Earth's Magnetic Field....'
"Since this is an atheist forum and our views are largely driven and/or supported by science, notice the difference between science and religion: Paying attention to the facts, science can actually change its mind!"
6 hours ago
Unseen replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'The Good guy with a Gun is a myth.'
"Let me add to your list: Egypt's insistence, despite the baldfaced facts, that the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 was a suicide (actually, a mass murder suicide). The copilot crashed the plane after essentially being told he was fired for gross…"
6 hours ago
Unseen replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'The Good guy with a Gun is a myth.'
""...The number of guns per capita per country was a strong and independent predictor of firearm-related death in a given country,..." Except when you compare two individual countries the stats are a weak indicator. They are all over the…"
6 hours ago
Unseen replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'The Good guy with a Gun is a myth.'
"Country        guns per    deaths                                100             per 100,000 Finland        45.3              3.64             …"
8 hours ago
Unseen replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'The Good guy with a Gun is a myth.'
"You're welcome. Just as a lot of anti-gun people use reasons other than the ones driving their desire to regulate guns: they just don't like them and would still dislike them even if it turned out their utility was as plain as day."
9 hours ago
Unseen replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'The Good guy with a Gun is a myth.'
"I'm not sure what DG is trying to do here? Prove to the rest of the world that Americans are crazy, or what? And what's the point? It's not like it's going to change anything. If Americans don't want a gun for self-defense,…"
10 hours ago
Unseen replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'The Good guy with a Gun is a myth.'
"Comparing countries is something I think is meaningless. It's apples and oranges. I checked out the research article's table of 27 countries, guns per capita, gun deaths, and mental illness, and while the research doesn't blush at…"
12 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"If you were sure...Unseen (though spending 2 minutes reading a news article on the topic would tell you everything you need to know)...it wouldn't make any difference. You have no problem with businesses sending homosexuals out the door."
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"Specifically, it was that Jack Phillips refused to make any wedding cakes for gay couples because they are gay. There was no discussion of what would be on top of the cake: the refusal came "almost instantly". These facts were not in…"
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Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"Marjorie Silva refused to put a specific message on a cake because it was hate speech, while Jack Phillips refused to make any wedding cakes for gay couples because they are gay. Hate speech is still protected speech under the First Amendment. We…"
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Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"You're right in that it's discriminatory, but I don't think it's an illegal form of discrimination. Marjorie Silva refused to put a specific message on a cake because it was hate speech, while Jack Phillips refused to make any…"
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kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
" If Masterpeice Cakeshop finds making wedding cakes repugnant, it was a strange business to start. You are conflating what the customer wants to do with the product with the service the baker actually provides. "
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Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"I'm aware, but I said in both cases they should finish the job. It ISN'T free speech to not provide a service you've made a business of providing. But you don't want them to be able to define the services they are willing to…"
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kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Remember our discussion about the baker who turned down gay business?'
"And before we have to rehash this, of course there will be some loopholes. Of course discrimination will still take place. Almost no one is pretending this makes the world perfect, but it gives some recourse against being excluded from regular…"
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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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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

Unseen's Blog

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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