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THE GREAT DEBATE in General
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I thought this was a one-on-one affair.

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Do you think there is a Hell? in General
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Originally written by 1001011001000:

Alo, I just don't see how science can explain anything that it not detectable to the five senses and that can be outside the universe.
Science is the process of thorough testing of a rational hypothesis. It can explain anything you want, given enough data and a few good thinkers.

The position of current scientific understanding (separate and distinct from 'science' - the process itself; the c.s.u. can be wrong, but science is never procedurally wrong, and in fact corrects the c.s.u. when it is) is that God might exist, and might not. Jimmy Carter is far more likely to exist, being as how more people living have seen him, spoken to him, etc. It might benefit human understanding to pursue the extance of either.

But pursuing the validity of either's decrees? Useless, subjective, and time-wasting. Just because you want to believe a violation of one man's rights represents a fundamental blow to human dignity on the say-so of a supposed Georgian peanut farmer doesn't mean you should waste everyone's time 'proving' his opinion is inherently true.

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Artsy peoples! in General
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Also, I hesitantly defend furries by saying that not all of them believe in the reincarnation nonsense.

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Bonjour tout le monde ! in General
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Originally written by fuiz:

Hello to everyone ! I am keen on Avernum since Exile II Crystal Souls.
Are there any French registered users on that forum ?

Hé bien, un camarade! J'aimait Exile 2 beaucoup aussi, et il serait mon premier jeu Vogel (ou premier Vogel jeu, ou Vogel jeu premier? vous voyez que je ne parle pas français trop bien!).

Au sujet de votre question: je pense qu'on a eu les types Francophones, mais je ne suis pas sûr s'on a eu un Français, ou si on a des types qui parlent Francais comme la langue native. Nous avons un Belge; peut-etre qu'il parle Français aussi.

Beaucoup des gens ici parlent un petit peu de français et peut probablement l'entendre plus bien qu'ils peuvent le parler. Si vous n'avez pas l'anglais mot pour un chose, on peut vous comprendre.

Bienvenue aux «SW forums»! Nous espérons que vous appréciez votre sejour.

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Biomass Future-- Will It Replace Oil in General
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Clean coal technology could reduce the environmental impact from that source making it more attractive.
I've actually read up on this, and from what little I can see, 'clean coal' seems to be more or less a political term translating roughly to 'vote for me, you parochial rust-belt jackasses'. There's no clear meaning or standard given to it, and even 'clean' coal is still probably the dirtiest form of fuel.

If Big Oil, through these and other tactics, can't adequately slake Americans' thirst for cheap energy, U.S. leaders have another plan: Burn more coal. This time, they say, "clean coal" technologies will be employed -- that is, the coal will be combusted to make hydrogen gas, the resulting clouds of carbon dioxide stashed away, "sequestered," never to be heard from again. The technology to do this is nascent and unproven. Worse, one of the least understood, most poorly regulated regions on earth will likely prove the final dumping ground for the excess carbon dioxide: the deep oceans. We may never fully know the damage this might wreak: Compared with deep-sea oil drilling, deep-sea oceanography is woefully underfunded, although many oceanographers say that the uncharted abyss may hold as much biodiversity as tropical rainforests.
-Salon

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Biomass Future-- Will It Replace Oil in General
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But ethanol-based fuels require a special kind of engine, which requires more expenses, and so on.

If it's impossible to set up a purely biodiesel-based economy, we're still gonna run out of oil, and economic chaos will still result.

Realistically, I don't see a shift to crop-based fuels as doing anything except ensuring the poorest countries take the brunt of the damage, putting off the problem for another generation, and naturally calling for massive agricultural subsidies on products such as corn, which are already omnipresent without being a part of cars.

Also, you have to take into account that cars are not the root of the problem. Even if every car stopped consuming any amount of petroleum overnight, we would still be well on our way to a humongous supply shock - like the 1970s, only forever.

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Biomass Future-- Will It Replace Oil in General
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Originally written by Toasted Basilisk on a Shish Kebab:

Let me put it this way. Every car on the road in the near future could be sold as a flexible fuel vehicle. It would not take much to do this. With a phase in period of five years to use as a standard this could be done. There are 3 million cars which are already flexible fuel vehicles-- run on either gasoline or an 85% ethanol mix. In the ten years after most of the older engines would be replaced by attrition. It is not far fetched. Diesel vehicles and engines would not require any change to run biodiesel. This is also true of heavier diesel equipment. This could be done easily in 15-20 years.
Which will help the industrial base of developing countries which use petroleum as a power source... how?

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Really, really, really non-good. in General
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LOOKS AS IF SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KINDLE ROMANCE

ON THE INTERNET

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Artsy peoples! in General
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I would, um, stick to the art...

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Biomass Future-- Will It Replace Oil in General
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Biomass is practical for the United States, but for countries which are net food importers, hardly -- and they're the ones using the most gas, and whose gas use is expanding the quickest.

The only practical way to prevent global economic ruin is to conquer half of Asia and most of Africa and rebuild it from the ground up. They're the foundation on which the modern world is built, and no amount of whiz-bang power here will prevent them from consuming the last of the world's easily accessible oil in a desperate effort to stave off the wolf at the door.

On the topic of whiz-bang power sources: heavy development of fission, with three or four nuclear waste dumps around the country. Reactionary hippies be damned, it's the cleanest form of power that produces any real amount of energy and it's available to us now, instead of a generation from now (solar) or a century from now (geothermal).

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THE GREAT DEBATE in General
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I'm throwing down. I'd *prefer* that abortion not be the topic, though, because we've got a fundamental and unsolvable clash of criteria on that one (you believe the pro to be murder, I believe the con to be needless religious theocracy) and it'd eventually devolve into a slap-fight.

A lot of social issues are the same way, so I'm curious - you up for something in economics? I dunno, socialist technocracy versus general libertarianism? I take it you're not a hard laissez-faire kind of person, which is no problem, because I'm not a hard communist either. Failing that, I'd be comfortable with most social and even religious issues, but be warned that we're likely to make little real headway - because your beliefs and mine are based on an entirely different set of ideals, and those ideals are unlikely to change in any realistic way.

Is this going to be heavy on structure, i.e. something like two statements of purpose, no introduction of new evidence after a certain time, etc. - or are we just going to make sure we address all of the issues? I'm good either way.

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my grang-grandfather died in General
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I suspect that your presence in South America might imply them to have been anarchists, but that's just an idle guess...

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99% of all Statistics are made up. in General
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I'm a teetotaler.

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my grang-grandfather died in General
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Originally written by Skribbane now? Ask me how.:

my 86 year old grandgrandfather passed away yesterday. i have only seen him 3 times in my life before i moved from Ukraine to amarica. from what i have heard he was a good, intelligent man. he fought through the whole second world war. he died from some problems with his stomach that he started having 3 weeks ago.

please give your final respects to this war veteran.

Condolences. It's tough losing a relative, even if you don't know them well.

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In this thread, Imban ruins everything in General
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Go.

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Avernum -v- Exile in General
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OH JESUS GOD

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Anzac Day in General
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Originally written by spy.there:

Sad? Hell, it was 90 years ago! Men play war, men die in war - so what? Nothing but male stupidness.

You better would worry about the climatic change and the quick destruction of Australia's ecologic system, about the unlimited spreading of imported animals like aga-toads and rabbits. These are real sad things. Also: Australia even didn't sign the Kyoto protocol ...

Clearly the world needs men less than it needs carbon dioxide controls, eh?

I've always seen ANZAC day as -- being primarily a mourning for those killed and a celebration of those who survived at Gallipoli -- well, a little bizzare. As a country, it seems you've got one major battle to talk about, and that was an unmitigated and unnecessary blood-soaked disaster pursued by foriegn officers who would later go on to become heroes.

I guess it might just as well be Australia in a nutshell. What's the general tone of ANZAC day?

[ Friday, April 22, 2005 09:45: Message edited by: Bad-Ass Mother Custer ]

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Ahhh...School in General
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Originally written by Mind:

quote:
Originally written by andrew miller:

Cherish it now - once you start working in the "real world," you'll get two or three weeks of vacation a year, tops.
TOTALLY GOING TO WRITE THIS DOWN IN MY DEADJOURNAL AFTER I'M DONE CRYING (WHICH MIGHT BE A WHILE)

FYT

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Attention Criminals! in General
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Originally written by andrew miller:

Someone lock this.
Explicate a little?

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Your favorite ten images from the Louvre in Blades of Avernum
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Originally written by The Almighty Doer of Stuff:

http://yellow5.com/pokey/
AFAIK, the author is unknown.

I am the author, and Steve Havelka is THE AUTHORS. There you go.

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Updates to KPPP in Blades of Avernum
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Hey, is 'My Stuf' intentional?

Also: nice polish job, but you repeatedly call a 'non-existant terrain script' after the monster fight, and the elaborate description is given to the Xiang Special Infantryman in variation (uh) 9, where it shouldn't be.

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Your favorite ten images from the Louvre in Blades of Avernum
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NO ONE LOVES POKEY

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Message board basics in General
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*blink* It's been too long since I've read up on my vocabulary - disregard this one.

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Phaedra in Blades of Avernum
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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

quote:
Originally written by Bad-Ass Mother Custer:

It is a real problem which needs to be addressed candidly.
Yes. Yes, indeed. The lack of realism in fantasy literature is a real, genuine problem in the world today. The fact that fantasy literature occasionally portrays situations that are unlikely or contrary to fact is terrible and needs to be stopped. Certainly no good fantasy writers have ever written about situations that were unlikely. And none of the pre-Tolkien sources for fantasy ever went beyond the realm of reality for their stories, either. :P

Clearly just because no one else has bothered automatically means the system is just. Well-put, sir! I concede the point. May the ingenuity of Egypt and the brawn of her slaves last us a thousand years!

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