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Undead Topics Need Loving Too (aka "Give Me Your First-Born") in General
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Soda. 'Cola' refers specifically to the dark ones and 'pop' just sounds dumb.

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Originally posted by Custer XVI:
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HELL YES LADIES




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Music Preference in General
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quote:
Originally written by Kirk Johnson:

I still don't see what's so wrong about that.

Provide me with a severe implication.

Warrant not clearly tied to impact. HUFF VOTE NEG

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Halo in General
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quote:
Originally written by Kirk Johnson:

I have an idea for a shooter.

I SHOOT my LOAD into your MOM.

That is all.

TM!!! THERE ARE CHILDREN PRESENT!!!
:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :eek: :mad:

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As I said, homosexuality is, if genetic, highly recessive; it doesn't prevent procreation, in fact less so than other inherited genetic factors (seminal plasma hypersensitivity) which do not affect fertility at all.

Mutations don't necessarily have to be active 100% of the time; if they were, a lot of the nasty ones would no longer exist. They can be carried without activity.

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quote:
Originally written by Overwhelming:


Many homosexuals claim that it's a genetic thing. I don't think that's proven, but if it were right then I can see a good reason to reject gay sperm. Just as you would understand why someone with Down SYndrome would be refused.

You could say that homosexuality is not a desease or a behaviour deviation, but that's a controversial issue, not to be discussed here.

Because clearly homosexuality represents a vile, debilitating defect which the human race would be better without.

All right.

1) Being as how you're operating under the above assumption, I'm not even sure how to put the facts on the matter to you.

2) You will find that plenty of homosexuals have children by whatever means (often while living in the closet), who are not overwhelmingly likely to be homosexual themselves (as is the case with Down's etc.).

3) A rudimentary understanding of genetics will tell you that homosexuality, if genetic, is therefore obviously a recessive trait, and trying to prevent them from breeding (it isn't so pretty in that light, now is it?) is not going to eliminate the presence of gay gene carriers, who are likely to dramatically outnumber the numbers of gay gene expressors. Think hair color - someone can inherit it from a grandparent, even if it's different from both of their parents. Getting rid of gays won't prevent homosexuality - if that's what you're after, which I find intensely disturbing to begin with.

4) If homosexuality is not a genetic factor, your arguments have no actual merit; it makes as much sense as denying people access to sperm banks because they happen to enjoy interracial.

I'm curious where exactly you draw the line on refusing to allow the 'undesirable' to donate sperm, or failing that why you feel what a man does on his leisure time should affect his ability to biologically father a child at all. The mother isn't asking for a father figure, so sociological flabbling like 'well he won't provide an acceptable role model' won't fly. This basically amounts to an absurd and unwarranted attempt by an abusive religious elite to discriminate against an essentially defenseless minority group.

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quote:
Originally written by Ecce Tempus:


Do Catholics really frown on IVF? I'd think that babies without the shame of sex would be popular. It ensures that all the sperm can be put to good use, too.
Sex within marriage is a blessed and wonderful thing, according to the modern doctrine of the Mother Church. While its intent should be procreation, the Church swears by the rhythm method if both it and abstinence are mutually impractical. See, that's what I like about Catholic doctrine: even though it's based on fundamentally incorrect principles, it's at least based on a healthy respect for the faculty of reason.

Also: think to yourself about a religion which claims a sixth of the Earth as members, based principally on the uniqueness of a woman giving birth to a child conceived without the intercession of man. From such a perspective, IVF is naturally a terrifying and undignifying idea; it's seen as the sort of hubris God is on record as officially punishing.

[ Sunday, May 08, 2005 00:59: Message edited by: Custer XVI ]

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the Empire's capital city in General
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And science marches boldly on.

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Since people always seem to be going "Yay, my 1000th post" in General
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quote:
Originally written by Compost Stellae:

That doesn't account for people who have large combined post counts when you add up all the posts they've made with several accounts, Aran. It's probably not a big difference, but it's a difference.

—Alorael, who guesses that bumps someone (Alec?) into the 3000+ range. Either that or someone lied on the poll.

And in fact, I'm just a little short of TM. But I didn't vote on this damn poll.

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the Empire's capital city in General
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The capital of Italy used to be Turin, and later Florence.

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Undead Topics Need Loving Too (aka "Give Me Your First-Born") in General
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You see, that's how you backwards Australian socialists think. In Montana, they are not so big on assuming homosexuals, interracial couples, or the Jews are human like you and me.

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Least Fun Scenarios in Blades of Avernum
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TM, when did it dawn on you that the community was by and large composed of morons?

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Affirmative Action in General
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Maybe to Harvard, but if both have a similar course and activity composition, neither should be on the edge like that to most schools.

The point is that gov't intercession isn't putting C students in college over A students based on the color of their skin. Quotas can potentially do that, but there was a case a while back which made them specifically unconstitutional. The result is one group gaining an artificial edge which is more pronounced in lower grades.

Income-based AA has also been suggested, and I'm personally for both. In both cases there exists a societal disadvantage which the student has no control over, and while there certainly shouldn't be, pretending it doesn't exist isn't going to fix it. Affirmative Action might not either, but it at least is a start.

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Undead Topics Need Loving Too (aka "Give Me Your First-Born") in General
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I dashed his papal dreams.

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Music Preference in General
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ELO. Ludacris. Pink Floyd. Led Zeppelin. Hector Berlioz. The White Stripes. Beck. Gustav Holst. The Beatles. Franz Liszt. Supertramp. Billy Joel. Li'l Jon. Lynyrd Skynyrd. Metallica. Strauss. Queen. Phil Collins. Xzibit.

If anyone makes more than one song about misery without any particular basis, and both sound too much alike, I tend to start hating them and never really let off.

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Biomass Future-- Will It Replace Oil in General
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I'm all for nuclear power with hydrogen as a storage medium. Biodiesel is a stopgap at best - for countries such as India and China, where the population isn't sitting on such a humongous surplus it exports fast food chains, using food as fuel would be insane.

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quote:
Originally written by Sprung Spring:

quote:
Originally written by Custer XVI:

Spring: ...sometimes I wonder about you.
Hmmmm....should I take that as a compliment or should I be insulted? Desicions, desicions...

...but most of the time, I know...

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Affirmative Action in General
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There is a general misunderstanding to aff. action - that it's going to push out qualified applicants. It isn't.

A black 4.0 / 1600 and a white 4.0 / 1600 are both going to get into a school, and so are both of a black 3.9 / 1550 and a white 4.0 / 1600. The only difference comes when you get to numbers like 2.5 / 900.

Spring: ...sometimes I wonder about you.

[ Tuesday, May 03, 2005 22:28: Message edited by: Custer XVI ]

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the Empire's capital city in General
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By 'more widely used', he means that it fits into Stareye's canon, which he has a woody for.

Long story short, the city doesn't have a name, and you're free to give it whichever one you like. Vogelian canon information is pretty sparse on details like that.

[ Tuesday, May 03, 2005 09:31: Message edited by: Custer XVI ]

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the Empire's capital city in General
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Sounds neat. The name of the capital is never given in the series, but generally it's taken to be Imperia, because we get the impression that the capital city was artificially created or reconstructed by an Emperor who didn't want to live in Aizo (the historic heartland) any more.

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Affirmative Action in General
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The way I see it, we have the choice between affirmative action and reparations.

Gee.

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Artsy peoples! in General
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Sometimes I write stories. Sometimes I get bored and doodle in Paint.

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Well then.

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Debout! les damnés de la terre! in General
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Bah, class-treasonous petit-bourgeoise scum! The oppressed revolutionary workers of the United States will launch their own poll, as is customary, when the day comes.

And then we will stain the streets red with Menshevik blood!

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Biomass Future-- Will It Replace Oil in General
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quote:
Originally written by andrew miller:

I think the answer is nuclear. Although the waste is vile, it is produced in (relatively) smaller quatities than all carbon fuel emissions - 900 tons each second, according to a fellow in an op-ed in today's Washington Post - which we know is causing major problems in the environment. Frankly, I'll chance the minute risk of a nuclear incident over the strong likelihood that I'll develop asthma within my lifetime due to a string of "code red" summer days.

I think that the automotive problem will be solved by hydrogen, not biomass. Biomass, from what I understand, is as bad as, if not worse than petroleum for the ammount of environmental toxins it creates, pound for pound. Given that global warming is a hot button issue currently (ha ha ha) and that interest in hydrogen is strong, I wouldn't be surprised to see the energy and automotive industries move strongly in that direction within the next twenty years. The infrastructure for this won't be a problem - subsidize anything enough, and it will become economical.

The main barriers to further progress for fission and hydrogen in the U.S., of course, are the coal and oil interests. Between the two, I think oil is starting to be a bit more forward-looking, while coal has the most to lose.

EDIT: Another problem with biomass is that it's subceptible to weather and other factors - consider what a series of droughts or some sort of plague could do to the fuel supply, given the quantity of land needed for fuel, as previously discussed in this forum.

Fun fact: under reasonable operant conditions, coal plants produce more radiation than nuclear fission plants.

re. hydrogen: I think it's a good idea, certainly. I'm unsure as to whether it will work, but it probably will.

To those saying biodiesel exists in nature: yeah, and so does fresh water. There's an amount of energy involved in producing any fuel, and the advantage comes of doing it at a plant, where that energy exists, rather than in a car, where it doesn't.

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BORK BORK BORK in Richard White Games
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ROBERT BORK ROBERT BORK REACTIONARY FUN TIME

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GO!!!

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