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  1. TheStranger
    Thanks for temporarily steering the thread in this direction!
  2. Arcanist
    05-11-2015 11:32 AM
    Yup. Take a look at Dominionism and the activity of an organization called The Family in DC. There is a quiet but increasingly strong movement to make the U.S. into a christian nation.
  3. eagleseven
    05-11-2015 01:11 AM
    Original cast

    I would argue that our neoliberal policies induced the biggest tech boom the world has witnessed. Unfortunate that said boon has reduced the value of labor, and I don't have a good answer for that.
  4. eagleseven
    05-11-2015 12:54 AM
    My political beliefs are not grounded in a lot of radio or news, but rather my academic background in economics. I can mathematically demonstrate why so many of Bernie Sanders ideas will fail, and have failed throughout history, and yet the American hard-left will rally around them.

    There was only one guy who almost pushed me to the left; an economics professor from Italy. Passionate socialist. How did he do it?

    He admitted that socialism will never grow an economy, and that his home country is plagued with problems because of it. So he thought his job, as a market economist who loves socialism, was to find the least-damaging ways to decrease inequality. To make it work, so to speak.

    An oxymoron.


    Everyone loves to point to the Nordic states as proof that socialism is amazing. Problem: they're tiny countries sitting on enormous resource wealth. You could just as easily point to Saudi Arabia and argue that Theocratic Islamic Monarchy is the best government-form.

    I'd be far more interested in socialist countries that lack any natural resources, yet still have incredible wealth. There are none. Yet we have a growing number of resources-less states, like Major Chord's Singapore, that are incredibly wealthy thanks to capitalism.
  5. eagleseven
    05-11-2015 12:34 AM
  6. eagleseven
    05-11-2015 12:30 AM
    I thought I was on the dark side already...

  7. SelfMadeBum
    05-07-2015 12:44 PM
    What?! No!

    I'll have to take a look when I get home.

    Stupid Skype updates.
  8. plotthickens
    05-06-2015 08:38 PM
    Thank you SO MUCH. I needed to hear that.
  9. plotthickens
    05-05-2015 11:59 AM
    I've never even seen that sub-society except maybe in drug addicts.
  10. plotthickens
    05-05-2015 11:50 AM
    Thanks. What is it about that strata that they think that behaviour is acceptable?
  11. INTJane
    04-15-2015 09:23 PM
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  12. The Frozen One
    04-14-2015 12:14 PM
    The Frozen One commented on Death and Plastic: the yoginimama thread
  13. gracious
    04-13-2015 03:49 PM
    That was my take on it too!
  14. plotthickens
    04-06-2015 09:03 AM
    Awwww. Sometimes you whip out your knowledge and excellence and everyone is like WHOA. Like what you did with the types of religion in your thread.

    I love learning from you. You make things so easy to understand.
  15. plotthickens
    04-06-2015 01:31 AM
    You too hun. Like you say, "the Insomnia, it burrrrns".

    You know, I'm a little smug to be friends with someone so learned.
  16. plotthickens
    04-06-2015 01:27 AM
    I'm tellin you, you gotta talk to your doc about benadryl for snoozies. Its side effects are no allergic reactions, it's very difficult to become desensitized to, it works quick and has very few if any bad interactions. It's safer than melatonin and very well known. Fuck it, I'm taking some now.
  17. plotthickens
    04-06-2015 01:15 AM
    I'm contemplating benadryl as I lay here listening to bs snore. Poor guy has achy hips tonight, i rubbed them and he's out... but now I'm up up up. Benadryl is one of the safe drugs that nurses can give to hospitalized patients without doctors orders... And they do, especially to problem patients: 'g'nite, jack!
  18. plotthickens
    04-06-2015 01:07 AM
    Thanks. Insomnia?
  19. Monte314
    04-06-2015 12:04 AM
    Yes, Luther rejected the book of James.

    In paraphrasing this verse, Reformed Theologians have said, "We are saved by faith alone; but faith that saves is not alone."

    As in other areas of human knowledge, there is an epistemological problem with faith. How do we know what we know? In particular, how do I know when another's faith is real?

    In the parable of the tares, Jesus makes it clear that we cannot know the faith of another with certainty. But He also said that we should judge a tree by its fruit... that is, by the crop it bears. In the context of faith, this is where "works" come in.

    The modern preacher Peter Lord put it this way when looking at "professions of faith". He said, "What you DO is what you believe; all the rest is just religious talk."

    I see it like this: A tree does not become an apple tree by producing apples. It produces apples because it is an apple true. Fruit does not make the tree what it is; it *shows* what the tree is. If the fruit is absent, we might question its type.

    Bottom line: No one is saved by what they do or don't do. And when one is saved, a changed life will result. The two naturally go together, with the works being an *effect*, not a *cause*.
  20. eagleseven
    04-02-2015 08:54 PM
    That's standard procedure for studies, yup! They often ask lab personnel to volunteer for said studies, in exchange for time-off or free meal vouchers.

    I usually avoid that, so I don't pass-out on the job.

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