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Ghana knock US out of World Cup in General
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Profile #26
I don't care much for the World Cup, but I was willing Ghana to win that one.

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Originally written by Ash Lael:

That referee is a retard. I mean, how can you give someone three yellow cards??
What would they have done if he (or his team) had scored after the second yellow card?

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Civil Unions disallowed in ACT in General
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Granted. But in civil law I see no reason for this to be so. Still waiting for the Christians to speak up also.

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Civil Unions disallowed in ACT in General
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Originally written by radix malorum est cupiditas:

[QUOTE]???? Totally seperate issue from the one you quoted, but whatever.
Yes, it was unclear. What I meant was, why is sexual preference relevant to marriage anyway?

[quote]Exactly, involuntarily. I rest my case.[/quote]So why can't lesbians get married??? I don't mean union here, I mean marriage.

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Civil Unions disallowed in ACT in General
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Profile #36
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Originally written by radix malorum est cupiditas:

[QUOTE]Tell me: Where does the idea of marriage come from if not religion?
No-one has yet explained why homosexuality is a sin (at least in Christianity). Spilling the seed, maybe, but then what about lesbians? (Who involuntarily "spill" their seed every month anyway.)

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Civil Unions disallowed in ACT in General
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Profile #32
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Originally written by radix malorum est cupiditas:

Only if you don't consider marriage to be religious in nature.

I'm not against legal unions, but marriage is strictly off limits.

(What Ephesos said.) Neither the church nor the state seem to be kicking up a fuss about civil heterosexual marriage.

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Civil Unions disallowed in ACT in General
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Profile #12
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Originally written by Cairo Jim:

Well, this is supposed to be a Christian country...and according to the Bible, God destroyed Sodom and Gommorah because it was full of gay people and other very corrupt doings.
This is not true. If you want to explain why some Christians believe homosexuality is a sin, please look elsewhere.

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Civil Unions disallowed in ACT in General
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Profile #10
Well then, please define "fully functional element of society".

(No offense taken.)

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Civil Unions disallowed in ACT in General
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Profile #8
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Originally written by Sprung:

A proper marriage, IMO, would be against the tradition that marriage was built around.
What tradition was this exactly? Kids?

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Would you be interested in a sci fi RPG: THE POLL in General
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Profile #30
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Originally written by Lancer:

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Originally written by Mr.Bookworm:

This is from the other topic for this. However, I think most of Spiderweb's fans would buy anything he put out. Spiderweb's more of a niche game company. It doesn't sell they're games to the masses.
This is exactly what I told Jeff in an email.

People are not going to buy any old game just because it comes from Spiderweb. How many people like Avernum but not Geneforge, or Nethergate but not Avernum, or Exile but not any other Spidweb game?

The niche market thing is true, and that's exactly why Jeff is being careful to give that niche what it wants.

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Anonymity and online identity, yet again. in General
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Profile #8
Edit: Dammit.

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Anonymity and online identity, yet again. in General
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Member # 6401
Profile #5
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Originally written by Hastur ^ 3:

How do any of you feel about it? I know that some of you have some pretty strange gimmicks that insiders know to be nonsense, but that would look strange to outsiders. Say, Alo's "sniping". TM's tentacle thing. Someone (forget who) wasn't making a big deal of his habit of free-riding on WLAN access points. Others have told of drinking binges or recreational drugs.

I wonder if everyone here is relying on an illusion of anonymity. In some cases, it definitely is an illusion - I can connect my last name to this forum within 15 minutes on Google...

I think part of the big appeal of the internet and forums like these is that you can be anybody, and say (almost) anything, without it having a big impact on your life. (Depending how big a part of your life the forum is, ahem.)

In a sane world, this anonymity is pretty good, because not only do most people online not see who you are at first glance, most of them don't care either. People and relationships online are much cheaper than they are in real life, because there are just so many damn people out there, and it's never been easier to interact extensively with someone who you know more or less nothing about.

Having said that, I'm betting that it wouldn't be too hard to find out all sorts of stuff about me or any other random surfver using the internet, even though I'm quite careful about keeping my name and details private. In a sense, it's probably not even worthwhile trying to remain anonymous, seeing as someone who really wants to find out who you are will almost certainly find a way.

Employers looking into their employees private lives is out of line to me. Who hasn't visited a website that they'd be embarrassed to tell everyone about?

Edit: Google has NOTHING on me. Mwah ha haaa

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Boa scenario's: what stage are they in now? in Blades of Avernum
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Profile #55
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Originally written by Thuryl:

People need to play a BoA scenario which is actually hard, so that they'll stop griping about Bahss and Canopy.
Well my gripe was made in good humour, anyway. BoA players have been pretty spoiled with easy scenarios up till now, and the fact that most people have probably practised by playing A1-3, which aren't terribly challenging in terms of combat. Before I started reading these boards it never even occurred to me to try varying my party very much - playing with a singleton or non-magic party or whatever. So then plunging into one of Kel's or TM's scenarios is a bit of a shock, but very nice once I started being creative.

In other words, bring it on.

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Boa scenario's: what stage are they in now? in Blades of Avernum
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Profile #47
Dammit Kel, are you making another OMG-WTF-how-do-I-win-this-scenario scenario?

I cheated unashamedly on Bahssikava, before I realised that my normal dive in and slash method wasn't supposed to be an effective strategy. Gnnngngnggn...

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What continent do you live on? (in which the voices take over) in General
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Profile #27
Wow, I didn't know that Iceland lies over two different plates. Makes sense when I think about it.

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Ancient Mystery: Solved! in General
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Profile #30
Exactly how much cynicism does it take to kill a horse?

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Show me the muscle in General
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Profile #24
And what's the other hand doing while you type? ;)

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Show me the muscle in General
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Member # 6401
Profile #8
It means swimming front crawl efficiently, so as not to waste energy for the other parts of the triathlon. I could probably thrash my way down the pool in some form of crawl, but I'd be exhausted at the end of it.

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Show me the muscle in General
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Member # 6401
Profile #0
Okay cyber-geeks, let's hear it. What kind of regular exercise do you do (if any)? Play any sports? Do you enjoy it? Any personal goals?

I'm managing to get in some shortish runs three times a week, and the plan is to train up to run some 10k races and learn how to swim properly meanwhile, and then eventually to train for a beginner's triathlon. Also like playing badminton, but I'm pretty rubbish.

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Finland > Eurovision! in General
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Profile #17
What exactly about Eurovision is Americanised?

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Question 2: Imbalance of Wealth in General
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Profile #20
The market keeps divide the way it is, but colonialism allowed (many of) today's rich countries to get rich and get control in the first place. Sure, the rich/poor divide isn't as big in Europe any more, but the vast majority do not live in Europe. I don't know the stats, but the 'poor' people of this world outnumber the rich by a staggering amount. However much equality has improved in Europe, it has worsened much, much more in most of the rest of the world.

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Question 2: Imbalance of Wealth in General
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Profile #18
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Originally written by Mc 'mini' Thralni:

quote:
Originally written by The Worst Man Ever:

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Originally written by Mc 'mini' Thralni:

These countries could have been more civilized by now, if only the governments wouldn't have been giving themselves a healthy salary, paid by the US' and Europe's friendly "help-the-poor" donations.

Personally, I think that, if we want to help these people in any way, we will have to give money and people. What i mean is this: first collect money, then send people with the money to these countries, and see to it that these people who are there to give aid, spend the money efficiently.

I've never seen someone make a good point in a more despicable, patronizing way. Congratulations, I suppose.

personally, I don't see what's so despicable or partonizing about what I said.

Thralni, it's quite true that a lot of the money sent by well-meaning rich countries to poorer countries is used in a bad way. There you make a good point. It would be great to somehow ensure that all of this aid money was put into sustainable development - education, health care, stable economy etc - but that is VERY difficult to do. Sending people from rich countries along with the money, as you suggested, is very risky because it is more or less neocolonialism. The counries receiving aid need to be independent enough to use it in whatever way they see fit. Of course that doesn't mean richer countries should keep sending money to fund wars, corruption and oppression; the international community can give advice and support on rebuilding an economy, working via the UN (ideally). But neocolonialism can only and does only create more and more problems. The rich/poor divide in the world today is a direct result of European colonialism.

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The Afterlife in General
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Profile #52
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Originally written by Wild Kinky Slugs:

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It's interesting that many people here seem to believe in the eternal soul, or something similar.
Ummm, what's so interesting about this. I find that people on these boards are, if anything, less religious than your average person.

Well, okay, what I mean is I think it interesting that so many people in general believe in the eternal soul, not just people on these boards. Since views about this sort of thing tend to be so diverse, it's strange to me that most people seem to agree that there is some kind of soul. I believe in no such thing. Perhaps there are many others who don't believe it either, but they're keeping very quiet about it.

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The Afterlife in General
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Profile #49
I think my ideal afterlife would just be ceasing to exist on death, which fortunately is what I believe anyway.

It's interesting that many people here seem to believe in the eternal soul, or something similar.

Also, has anyone else read Sartre's Huis Clos ('No Exit', but that's not a good translation of the title)? He has an interesting view of what hell is like.

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Pronunciation in The Exile Trilogy
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So how would you all pronounce "lichen"? I was taught two different ways.

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Pronunciation in The Exile Trilogy
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Profile #4
Oh. I would have pronounced the -ch as in the Scottish 'loch', or similar to the -ch sound in German.

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