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    l

    Whenever this question is asked, I wonder why some consider it to be a difficult decision. As a person who values my own life higher than anything else, the choice of immortality is obvious. As has been stated, I want to see the way the world continues to unfold, all the stories that will be...
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    Age Minimum on Rated R Movies

    This is one of my more favored issues, so I'd be more than happy to take it on. I think it should first be noted that maturity and age are independent, and that setting an arbitrary age limit on anything isn't going to make sense or be fair. Some kids are able to handle certain things at...
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    Socialism and Individualism, Are They Really at Odds?

    Of course socialism and collectivism are not synonymous. One is strictly an economic system, the other is a way of life. Socialism does, however, necessarily accompany collectivism's rise, and socialism nearly always emphasizes the greatest good for greatest number, a collectivist (utilitarian)...
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    The Trayvon Martin Shooting: What Should the Penalty Be?

    I'm returning from my unannounced hiatus, ready to wreak my specified form of havoc on the mature discussion again ;) . Anyway, this is a story I've been watching with some interest, so I thought I should chip in... Probably. I strongly doubt he would have approached a white teenager in the...
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    It's About To Happen

    I would advice you to not obsess about the time cycle. When I first played Majora's Mask, I was a little obsessed about finishing dungeons within a certain number of cycles. Take it easier with those. Go ahead and take some time to look around a dungeon and see go a little bit into it, try to...
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    The 2012 Presidential Election Thread

    ALIT, I'm fairly convinced that there was fraud going on in Nevada, it simply doesn't make sense that when they count votes behind closed doors they say Romney 50% Paul 19%, but when they're counted on TV (in a large caucus of mostly religious conservatives, which aren't exactly Ron Paul's...
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    The 2012 Presidential Election Thread

    Yesterday Mitt Romney won my home state of Florida, which was no surprise to most of us. Next up are the Maine Caucus which has already begun (the caucuses take place over a span of more than a week), and the Nevada Caucuses which are a few days away. For those of us who are disappointed with...
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    The 2012 Presidential Election Thread

    Santorum has been declared to be the true Iowa winner and Newt Gingrich wins South Carolina, forcing the mainstream media to do a backflip from their "certainly Romney" to "it's wide open." Note also that only 3% of the delegates have been awarded from these states and that there is a long way...
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    Humankind Not Made for the Modern World

    Whenever someone brings this quote out, I like to remind them that Smith is the BAD GUY. His goal is wipe out all of humanity and rule the world for himself! So why you would consider him a credible source for non biased information on the human species is beyond me. I would like everyone to...
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    The 2012 Presidential Election Thread

    New Hampshire primary last night was won by Mitt Romney with 39% of the vote, with Ron Paul making a strong second place finish at 23%, Jon Huntsman took third with 17%, and Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum both took 9% of the vote. Rick Perry got less than 1%.
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    Pleasure For The Sake Of Pleasure

    I don't get why you're acting like having an affectionate loving relationship and having a good sexual relationship are mutually exclusive. A marriage should include two people who love each other AND have a good sexual relationship. I'm not saying either is more important than the other...
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    The 2012 Presidential Election Thread

    This is false. Ron Paul has been endorsing an end to crony capitalism and bank bailouts for over thirty years, which would have prevented this crisis. In fact, Ron Paul predicted the housing bubble (one of the key factors that led to the financial crisis) around ten years ago, and stated the...
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    The 2012 Presidential Election Thread

    Very true, he spent that whole time he had both houses of congress trying to pass Obamacare, a wildly unpopular policy that has been struck down as unconstitutional in its most recent trial (it's on its way to the Supreme Court, a conservative court that should declare it unconstitutional). On...
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    Invading Iran

    Lately, many in the American political world are saying that Iran is a great threat to our ally Israel, that it is a backwards, evil country with people who all hate the West, and, most of all, they say Iran is building a nuclear weapon to use against Israel or the United States of America...
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    The 2012 Presidential Election Thread

    Last night Mitt Romney won the Republican Iowa Caucus by a few votes getting 25%. Rick Santorum got 25% after a surge over the past two weeks (a surge I would attribute to FOX News and the rest of the mainstream media trying to knock off Romney and Paul). Ron Paul came in third with 21-22% (CNN...
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    The 2012 Presidential Election Thread

    I had the idea a few months back of forming a catch-all thread for discussion of the upcoming United States presidential election. The primaries for the Republican Party are beginning soon, so I decided it would be a good time to start this thread today. Candidates and delegates will be listed...
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    Vegetarianism

    This is an issue I struggle to find a concrete position in. To me, both sides make the same tired, weak arguments, though both bring up an occasional good point. I'm almost still waiting from a knockout punch from one argument or the other. Personally, I eat meat. I like meat. However that does...
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    What is the Correct Way to Pronounce 'Skulltula'?

    I agree with the argument that the name is a combination of Skull and Tarantula, and is tarantula is conventionally pronounced "cha-ran-chu-la," I would say that similarly Skulltula should be pronounced "skul-chu-la." However, tarantula may be improperly pronounced in conventional speech (I...
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    Is This the Last Legend of Zelda Game in the Series?

    We have already been almost as good as promised a HD Zelda title for the WiiU in the future, it is also safe to assume that the 3DS will be getting a Zelda title of its own in the not-too-distant future. Skyward Sword had astronomical sales as has the rest of the series, and there is no reason...
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    A Question for Those Who Are Religious. Why Haven't You Guys Questioned Your Beliefs?

    I think it is important for anyone, regardless of their upbringing, to at least do a brief study of the major religious teachings of the world and come to their own conclusion. The reason for this is simple: your religion is influenced mostly by where you were born and what was your upbringing...
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    Using a Gun/Rifle/Grenade, ect to Solve Problems

    The most important moral aspect of this is that one must never initiate the use of physical force on another person. The first person to commit an act of violence or physical force is in the wrong unless they are under significant threat of violence, which can count as violence in that context...
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    The Strong Have a Responsibility to Protect the Weak

    You are correct about my views, but the whole "you scratch my back" thing is completely incorrect. The correct metaphor is "you scratch my back, I won't scratch yours, if you say 'no' I have a gun." What you are advocating is bleeding the surgeons for the unskilled to drink. I could learn to...
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    The Strong Have a Responsibility to Protect the Weak

    Okay, you do realize that many people DON'T, and that I am advocating a system where our viewpoints can coexist whereas you are advocating one where force is used to force people who don't agree with you, right? People don't usually think about it, but government is force. I think it is really...
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    "Virtual" Child Porn?

    While I don't wish to hijack the discussion for this debate, and you certainly entitled to disagree, acccording to Wikipedia, the World Health Organization classifies pedophilia as a psychiatric disorder and provides guidelines for diagnosing it as a disease. Apparently, simulated child porn...
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    "Virtual" Child Porn?

    Right, but the question at hand is concerning pornography that has adults whose pictures are digitally altered to look like children. Not pornography containing actual children.
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    "Virtual" Child Porn?

    Standard Content Warning: As the title suggests, in this thread we will be discussing sensitive matters relating to child pornography. If you believe you will be offended by discussion of this, you should read no further and exit this thread. Of course there is most certainly not under any...
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    The Strong Have a Responsibility to Protect the Weak

    Well, let me try this from a different tack as I often do whenever spinoffs may appear. You believe that all people have an obligation to provide all other people. Many people, myself included, do not. Now, a libertarian society would allow all to fulfill their personal views of moral...
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    Minimum Wage Not Enough to Live On

    If they did not practice socialism, and they did not practice communism, then please tell me the economic system that they DID practice. Thank you.
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    Ron Paul

    I say this all the time, and I wonder if it has been refuted yet: No one can have a right to something that they must obtain from someone else, for that goes against the definition of a right. I have explained this an number of times using the hypothetical where no one works and asks for their...
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    Ron Paul

    In fact I would. Especially if it's involuntary. Contrary to popular belief, my money is my money, I am not morally entitled to give it to anyone. And the guilt method of debate will never work against me. In fact, reason is the only thing that will and your argument has no basis in reason.
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    Minimum Wage Not Enough to Live On

    An anarcho-capitalist would ignore the Harm Principle, which I do not. In fact I commonly espouse the Harm Principle as the only way to run a government. An anarcho-capitalist would allow mass fraud and blame it on the victims for being gullible. I want Gov. Rick Scott (perpetrator of the...
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    Ron Paul

    On the contrary, he has repeatedly shown that understands the world he lives in far better than any other candidate for president. For example, in the most recent debate, he took Mitt Romney to school by pointing out that there are actually no cuts going on at all despite what the politicians...
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    Minimum Wage Not Enough to Live On

    On the contrary, there has never been a communism. Ever. A communism is nigh unachievable and those nations were only able to achieve a very corrupt form of socialism. Socialism is a political system, I don't get how you can say that it isn't when the government is involved. Socialism is as much...
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    Ron Paul

    This is probably incorrect. Consider the following: -Ron Paul is the only Republican who beats Obama among independents -Many stories have come to light recently about fairly prominent democrats dropping the party affiliation and joining the GOP just to vote for Ron Paul -Mitt Romney would get...
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    Minimum Wage Not Enough to Live On

    I would like to ask this question yet again: If everyone just sat there without working and asked for their entitlement, would be you singing the same tune? Your ideas are ILLOGICAL, as they only apply when you have the sanction of the victim. If the victim removes his sanction, flees your...
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    Minimum Wage Not Enough to Live On

    Right now, the whole world is between a rock and a hard place. Unfortunately, the poor usually get hit hardest by that, and generally my ideas would work if the economy were to improve, as people would be able to collectively bargain with a leg to stand on (oh, and the economy could improve via...
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    Minimum Wage Not Enough to Live On

    Of course minimum wage alone is not enough to live on. This isn't news, the only reason it exists is so politicians can occasionally raise it and pretend they are doing useful things. Minimum wage needs to go the way of the dodo, it's doing nothing as is, and it is taking away free trade rights...
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    Ron Paul

    See, in America, that is one of the operative definitions of "libertarian." I would use that to define "classically liberal."
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    Do You Think in God We Trust Should Be on United States Currency?

    It does, because you said the Founding Fathers put it on there, when that is not the case. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 and when first adopted did not include the line in question (that was added in 1954, a couple years before...
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    Ron Paul

    The use of the term libertarian in America is neither a righty or a lefty, but someone who wants both economic and social liberty, so the combination of laissez-faire capitalism and social liberalism. I agree that the term kinda sucks, considering it refers to completely different views in...
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    Ron Paul

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Paul#Newsletter_controversy "Everybody knows in my district that I didn't write them and I don't speak like that... and I've been reelected time and time again and everyone knows I don't participate in that kind of language. The point is, when you bring this...
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    Do You Think in God We Trust Should Be on United States Currency?

    Wrong, the founding fathers made the motto of the United States "E Plurbis Unum" (Latin, "From many comes one"). That was on the bank notes. "In God We Trust" was added to the notes and made the US motto in 1956, during the red scare (when communism and atheism were commonly associated), at that...
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    Marilyn Monroe

    Marilyn Monroe was an amazing human being. Her unique beauty and demeanor made her a one of a kind personality that had never been seen before and may not be seen for a long time. Her suicide was a tragedy that should never have happened. This is one of my favorite articles, and it concerns...
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    Ron Paul

    "We get our rights from our Creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way. So if there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if there's heterosexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. So it isn't...
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    Ron Paul

    I think he's got a shot. New poll out today says he's #1 in Iowa, and he's #2 in New Hampshire. It's just down to how much he can get Newt and Mitt to take him on, because he would beat either in a 1 on 1 debate.
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    Idea for an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Concerning Campaign Finance

    Very true, but my point is not his policies, but his political success without contributions from large businesses.
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    Ron Paul

    This is my favored candidate, this is America's potential last hope. I will be majorly concerned if Congressman Paul isn't elected president, as no one else will do anything right. Our economy is on the verge of collapse, most of these candidates want to send us towards world war, and Ron Paul...
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    The Creator Paradox

    I know what you're talking about. I'm an anti-theist. I would refer to said feeling as the idea of a conscience or intuition rather than communication with a deity.
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    Idea for an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Concerning Campaign Finance

    Congressman Ron Paul is a front runner for GOP nomination for President of the United States. He has contribution limits per person, which I think are $100-$200 (it's a low enough amount that people paying $70 to a PAC are seriously concerned that it would count t the donation limit). Oh, and...
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    Congress Strongly Considering Internet-Censorship

    Actually use of a copyrighted song means that royalties must be paid. Usually these royalties are a few cents, so they generally ignore it, but when it is mass use such as on YouTube, it can add up, and Google may wind up having to pay that, so they probably enforce it for that reason.
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