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Opinion by zanhar1 posted 1 month ago
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So being as math is the bane of my existence right now and I've finally snapped and nothing is left of my motivation in regards to math but a manifestation of pure rage and anger I am going to rant more about how much I hate math. I have grown to hate it so much that I am now putting effort and energy into my hatred of it. So I will now continue my venting and raging about why students shouldn't have to suffer like so.That said parts of this are going to be taken from my comment over on my 'is math necessary' poll.

So being as bitter about math as I've grown to be, I've done quite a bit of research on this.

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Opinion by audreygrace412 posted 2 months ago
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It is hard today to find journalistic integrity in US Politics. From both sides. The current trust of government in America is at one of it's lowest points in several decades. link including age, race and ethnicity, as well as political parties. As a matter of fact, 74% of Americans believe that their link of the country's.

The American Middle Class used to be the pride and joy of the American Dream. It is a common belief in America that when the middle class is the largest class, America is at it's most successful. Unfortunately, the link

In addition to the decrease of trust in the government as well as the middle class, America is also experiencing a political polarization that is more divided than it has been in over 20 years. In the...
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Guide by Cinders posted 2 months ago
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I bet those conservatives out there were thinking that I'd forgotten all about them! Not true! In fact, I have been doing extra research over the last few days to fully get the feel for each candidate still in the running.

If you missed my article on the link, I assure you it's a good, solid, and fair assessment of each candidate

In the last article, I joked about Donald Trump, and said that I would probably not be very respectful when discussing him, on account of he's a giant tool. Well, I can't make any promises about how it's presented, but I vow to present accurate information about Donald Trump. I might also call him a douchebag, but you know, take all that with a grain of salt. Still, I'll address Trump in another article. This one is about Cruz and Rubio

While the democrats are evenly split between two popular candidates, the Republicans have an arguably more dire problem on their hands. They are at risk of allowing link to result...
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Guide by Cinders posted 3 months ago
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The Republicans as well as a personified hairball some cat coughed up debate tonight. Though there are only five of them still in the race whittled down from an impressive seventeen before the primaries, it's hard to know what they're really for and against beyond all the rhetoric.

The Democrats have a completely different pickle. Their party is divided between two candidates who can't stop agreeing on everything, and yet insist they are different from each other.

So what does this really mean? Your very own political pundit is here to break it down for you in as unbiased a way as I can possibly manage. I will try to be fair and respectful to every candidate, with the exception of when I talk about Donald Trump, because, let's face it, "fair" and "respectful" are words he's never heard before.

Let's start with the easy ones.

THE DEMOCRATS

Hillary Clinton: The Veteran


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Opinion by audreygrace412 posted 3 months ago
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Notice the emphasis of "her" gender.
It is hard today to find journalistic integrity in US Politics. From both sides. The current trust of government in America is at one of it's lowest points in several decades. link including age, race and ethnicity, as well as political parties. As a matter of fact, 74% of Americans believe that their link of the country's.

The candidate that this is arguably the truest with is in fact, Hillary Clinton.



The 3 presidencies in the last 50 years with the lowest amount of trust from the people were Jimmy Carter's, Bill Clinton's, and Barack Obama's. Since one of those candidates was not only married to this current candidate at the time but heavily relied on her during the campaign as well as after he was elected, it is very relevant to take a look at the policies that made Americans distrust the Clinton government.
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Opinion by audreygrace412 posted 3 months ago
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It is hard today to find journalistic integrity in US Politics. From both sides. The current trust of government in America is at one of it's lowest points in several decades. link including age, race and ethnicity, as well as political parties. As a matter of fact, 74% of Americans believe that their link of the country's.

The American Middle Class used to be the pride and joy of the American Dream. It is a common belief in America that when the middle class is the largest class, America is at it's most successful. Unfortunately, the link

In addition to the decrease of trust in the government as well as the middle class, America is also experiencing a political polarization that is more divided than it has been in over 20 years. In the...
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Opinion by tamore posted 9 months ago
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link, the only feedback I received revolved around definitions of racism. Sure, the concept of reverse racism was partially what the article was about, but it was also about what problems nonwhites have that whites don't face. It was also a list of grievances that need to be fixed. Those points were completely ignored.

When you say that reverse racism doesn't exist, white people completely ignore the problems you're saying nonwhites face and the changes you want to make to fight them. Instead, they do nothing constructive and just argue on behalf of whites. We - people on both sides of the debate - get stuck in this rut of "your definition is wrong" instead of asking "what can we do to be better?"

The conclusion I've come to is that it doesn't fucking matter. It doesn't matter whether or not reverse racism exists and it doesn't matter exactly how we define racism.
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Opinion by tamore posted 10 months ago
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We conceive of racism as a set of institutional conditions of group inequality and an ideology of racial domination, in which the latter is characterized by a set of beliefs holding that the subordinate racial group is biologically or culturally inferior to the dominant racial group. These beliefs, in turn, are deployed to prescribe and legitimize society's discriminatory treatment of the subordinate group and to justify their lower status. link

The common definition of racism, and the one used by people who believe in reverse racism, is just "the belief that one race of people is better than another." Sure, that's the definition that comes up when you Google the term, but it's actually just the definition of racial prejudice. It's not the definition of racism used in scholarly discussion, or political debates, or by activists. The italicized definition at the top is an example of a definition that's actually used, that's actually correct.
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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I'd like to start by saying that this is just my personal opinion as to what a SJW is. I've come to notice that I have used SJW quite a bit on this spot and a few people don't know exactly what I mean by that. So I kind of thought it'd be useful to make this article explaining exactly what I mean when I use the term social justice warrior.
Before anything else; I intend no offense to anyone at all with this article. I don't hate social justice (not by any means), I think social justice is awesome. What I don't like is what some people turned the movement into.

First and foremost when I use SJW I am referring to the over the top an (usually) uninformed tumblr groups. I think there are two (very broad) types of social justice; there's social justice and social justice warriors.
Social justice is positive. It's progressive, these are your people who do feminism and such right; they fight for woman's rights without ripping on the male gender. They fight for women's rights without belittling a woman for actually liking the homemaker role. They're the ones who actually fight for racial equality as opposed to one race being superior to another. Social...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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This is an open letter addressed to any rational person who identifies as a GamerGater.

GamerGate, you have a PR problem.

Like many unorganized movements that originate on the internet, you are falling apart in the public eye. And as you continue to blame your bad PR on the journalists you're criticizing, you only further prove their point and look like angry whiners (at best!), which only makes your PR problem worse. Even if every conspiracy you believe is correct, you will never get people to listen to you the way you are going about it now.

For one thing, you have a hateful reputation. Instead of offering up a simple "NUH UH" denial, own it. The first step to getting any rational person to listen to you is to admit that there are people in your group who are insane and dangerous. Do not offer me any logical fallacies by claiming "But no REAL GamerGater would--" No. These ARE real GamerGaters. They are in your movement. If you want to take the movement back, you need to actively condemn what they are doing and prove it with your actions.
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Opinion by LGYCE posted over a year ago
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"Hello. Do you know who I am? Of course you don't. I'm a nobody. I'd tell you my name, but you don't care. I'm just lonely. Nobody cares about me. Nobody cares what I think. People treat me like dirt. My opinion doesn't matter. Nothing about me matters. I try to say something, but nobody listens. They don't even try. I hate my life. I've never had a friend. I never even had a chance to make a friend. You're probably feeling sorry for me right now. But if you knew me, you wouldn't care anymore. I hate you all. My entire life is pointless and sad. It's like I'm not even there. I never get to do anything fun with anybody. Nobody loves me, and that hurts. I know I'm not wanted. Not that it matters. Nobody gives a damn about me or what I think, they all just want me gone. Nobody even knows me, and they won't even give me a chance. I'm hopeless. The worst part is, I'm not even exaggerating. At all. And I don't have the power to change any of it. I'm just so sad."

This story is true, as horrible as that is. I tear up just thinking about that. And do you know who it's about? Do you feel sorry for that person? Do you care?
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Opinion by tamore posted over a year ago
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#rapecultureiswhen trended on Twitter last night, seemingly sparked by Zerlina Maxwell (link) after she was told she was "overhyping rape culture."

This article is a collection of some of my favorite tweets because I think awareness is important. Many people ignore the existence of rape culture, or if they acknowledge it they do not understand its extent. So:

Rape culture is when...

any talk about rape turns into the obvious fact that "not men all like that!" instead of "too many men are like that."
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men are allowed to travel, go out at night, get drunk, wear whatever they want--without it being seen as "asking for it."
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a song about having sex without consent (with lyrics straight from rapist's mouths) tops the charts for an entire year.
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Opinion by TDDD posted over a year ago
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I see the concept for Schrodinger's Rapist getting a lot of flack. People, when confronted with this idea, say things like "This is stupid. Not everyone is a rapist!" or "This is just feminist propaganda meant to instill paranoia in women and make them afraid of men."

I personally think that everyone who wants to abide by the theory has every right to do so. Let me give you an example:

About two years ago I was seventeen and during Halloween break I was working in my Mum's office. But there was one day when my Mum couldn't drive me home and I had to get the bus. This was all fine - I was perfectly capable of organizing a bus for myself and then walking home from the bus station. My journey to get home that day was a half hour bus ride and then another 40 minutes walking down a dark street to get to my home which was a bit out of the way. Not a problem, I'd walked that road countless times much later in the night.

But this day was different. As I was waiting for the bus to arrive a man approached me. This man was in his mid to late twenties and seemed to be travelling. He hadn't shaved in a few days and had a hiking bag with him....
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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Censorship is probably my favorite thing to debate about. So I wanted to type an article about the issue.

For one it's super annoying. The obnoxious beeping mid-verse in some songs is really irksome to listen too. Small pauses aren't as bad, but still. Censorship can really ruin a good song. As for TV I understand it more with censoring anatomy should children be watching (I'll address that in a minute) but censoring the finger or words that characters/people say on TV follows the same thing as above the bleeping is annoying and the finger, I personally don't take offense to it.

About the whole children could be watching argument. All I can say is parents should be watching their kid. If they want to be overly sensitive they should be the ones sheltering their kid, not the government. I think it's kind of annoying that because a handful of people are sensitive that everyone loses their ability to decide for themselves what they want to watch.Why should we have to be sheltered because some people don't want their kids exposed to certain concepts but are too lazy to shelter them themselves. Now I (if I was a mother) wouldn't go out of my way to point...
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Article by blackpanther666 posted over a year ago
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The origin of life: During reading an interesting novel about Dawkins and his theories on evolution, I discovered this particular bit. Dawkins has no solution for how life actually evolved, or arose. Dawkins says: 'It is a complete mystery' (if you wish to know more, read chapter 13 of The Greatest Show On Earth: the Evidence for Evolution)

I would like to point out that I have not really found a viable explanation for the origin of life, yet. I suppose that people assume it was the Big Bang and the consequential events following after, which caused life to erupt in the form of micro-organisms. Whether this is true, or not, where is the evidence that a Big Bang occurred and where is the evidence that the events following actually lead towards the development of Earth and the micro-organisms that we consider to be the origin of life's current species. On the other hand, we have Creationists who believe that God created everything intelligently, a principle known as Intelligent Design. According to Creationists, God created everything with a purpose, as well as not as long ago as evolutionists would believe (approx 10,000 ya). So, the...
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Opinion by tammystramp posted over a year ago
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My Son attends a public school of approx. 60 highschool students, he will be 17 in August, He is a mature responsable young man, he has good grades and an after school job. the administrator is dead set against allowing any student to leave at the non class period lunch hr. even with a note from parent. Does the adm. have more authority than parents. The lunch hr. is not considered a class period. Most students want to walk to the store thats on the same side of the street as the school and about 2 blcks away. The school lunch is not muc to be desired.
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Opinion by bri-marie posted over a year ago
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Why would it be awkward?
Gods created us in their image. They created us to think, behave, and look (to a certain degree) like them. It makes no sense for them to purposefully make us like them, and then give us orders not to be like them.

There can not be more than one God.
Except that there can, and there is.

I'm going to establish now God's existence.
Oookay. I'm not sure why, since no one was denying the existence of anything. But I guess this gives me a chance to play devils advocate, so I'll play.

(I know thissection was aimed more at whiteflame, but I have something to say)a God would not create homosexuality
Except that They did. To say otherwise insists that there are things that are completely outside the control of the gods.

given C1 and P5 we can see that homosexuality could coexist with the perfect God
Except that you're arguing that that's not the case? You're arguing that homosexuality goes against the Abrahamic god's will, and that it's immoral, which means that it can't co-exist (which implies harmony, which means homosexuality...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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There has been a lot of discussion around the topic of abortion lately, partly influenced by recent political gaffes by republican senators concerning the concept of abortion in cases of rape.

Let me just say that I am pro-choice. I am not pro-choice because I hate babies or children, or because I believe a fetus isn't a living thing. Maybe that makes me worse, because I love children. I love children so much, I invested in them by choosing a career in nurturing them and their minds and helping them grow. I recognize that even if we quibble about the specific definition of where life begins, a fetus, alive or not, still has the potential for life, if the process continues unobstructed.

So why am I pro-choice, being the pro-child, life-adoring person that I am? Exactly for that reason - because I am pro-child, pro-mother, pro-family, and anti-slander, anti-judgment, and most of all, pro-support.

The pro-life camp has some real concerns and bleeding hearts, and certainly does a great job of appealing to the pathos of a crowd with pictures (doctored or not) of aborted fetuses and the use of the word "genocide." But it's exactly...
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List by pandawinx posted over a year ago
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1.I'd really rather you didn't act like a sanctimonious holier-than-thou ass when describing my noodly goodness. If some people don't believe in me, that's okay. Really, I'm not that vain. Besides, this isn't about them so don't change the subject.

2.I'd really rather you didn't use my existence as a means to oppress, subjugate, punish, eviscerate, and/or, you know, be mean to others. I don't require sacrifices, and purity is for drinking water, not people.

3.I'd really rather you didn't judge people for the way they look, or how they dress, or the way they talk, or, well, just play nice, Okay? Oh, and get this into your thick heads: woman = person. man = person. Samey = Samey. One is not better than the other, unless we're talking about fashion and I'm sorry, but I gave that to women and some guys who know the difference between teal and fuschia.

4.I'd really rather you didn't indulge in conduct that offends yourself, or your willing, consenting partner of legal age AND mental maturity. As for anyone who might object, I think the expression is go **** yourself, unless they find that offensive in which case they can turn off the TV for...
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List by ponyboyjohnny posted over a year ago
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note: i put the word arab in quotations when i say -israeli "arab", and "palestinian"- on purpose. you'll see why when you read your way to the last myth

Also tell me if you spot spelling and/or grammar errors in this


Myth 1:“The Jews have no claim to the land they call Israel.”

fact:When the jews were kicked out the holy land by the romans, the romans weren't able to kick all of them out. also some jews did return to their home sometime after the diaspora. when the muslim empire conquered the holy land, it wasn't jew-free. many of the jewish people there mixed in the conquering arabs. then later, they were conquered by the ottoman turks, and then by england. so many "palestinians" and israeli arabs probably have jewish ancestry in them which makes this issue on lawn ownership more complicated. yes, the U.N. gave the jews around the world this land after WW2, and these jews still had connect to the land. however due to the fact many arabs who lived here prior to WW2 may have jewish ancestry in them, this land belongs to both jews and palestnians/israeli-arabs.
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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I've been disheartened to hear rhetoric and see actions in the media lately that show me just how appallingly sexist our so-called "modern" and progressive society still is.

Yes, I'm calling sexism on this one, and no, that's not a word I wave around carelessly.

I'm calling sexism because a number of women's issues have come up in the public forum lately, and no one seems to care A) what women think about that or B) perspectives on issues that aren't fifty years old. I recently posted link which details exactly how offensive these conversations are.

Women On The Front Lines

Let's look at the most recent issue that's come up lately: women in the military, on the front lines. Rick Santorum insists that having women on the front lines in combat zones will be detrimental to the army on the whole, because male soldiers will see the women and want to "protect," them, because that's their instinct.
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List by pandawinx posted over a year ago
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Pro-life quotes.

“Ive noticed that everyone who is for abortion is already born.” – Ronald Reagan


"There are two victims in every abortion: a dead baby and a dead conscience." - Mother Teresa

"We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, killings, of wars, or of hatred...If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?" - Mother Teresa

"...is it surprising that today we have become so morally blind (for wickedness blinds) that we save the baby whales at great cost, and murder millions of unborn children?" - Alice von Hildebrand

"Count yourself lucky your mother chose life." -Author Unknown.

""America you are beautiful . . . and blessed . . . . The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life." - Pope John Paul II
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Opinion by PoisonLuck posted over a year ago
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You may be asking yourself right now, how can Evolution be a religion? Or Creation a science? Such small questions, with huge answers.

First, you must understand me. I believe where the facts lie, that the truth is with that. Facts come first, then faith. (Yes, you need faith for both!)

Now mind you, sometimes facts are wrong. Facts used to say that the world was flat. But that fact was proven wrong.

Back to the questions. Evolution and Creation.
Misunderstandings on both sides have let many frustrated with arguments and conflicts. If we first get an understanding of where the other is coming from, maybe we will be able to have a lack of this frustration.

Creation Science believes that somewhere around 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, God created everything in one single week.
A large misunderstanding, is that God created every species. This is not at all what Creationists believe. They believe that God created every basic kind of animal. Dog kind (which the wolf, coyote, and domestic dogs come from), Cat kind (which lions, tigers, and domestic cats come from, and etc. etc. etc.
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Opinion by ThePrincesTale posted over a year ago
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Recently in Australia, it has come to light that a mining magnate- Gina Rinehart, also the richest person in Australia- it buying shares in the media company Fairfax. First, let me enlighten you- Fairfax is the publisher of the few media outlets that aren't owned by Rupert Murdoch. In plain terms- Fairfax newspapers are, well, fair. They are balanced. They are impartial.

The Murdoch press, on the other other hand, has a more "tell them what we want" philosophy, rather than a "tell it as it is". It controls much of the media over here.

And onto Gina Rinehart- she was- to be blunt- raised on mining, was taught by her father that owning media was a source of influence, along with giving politicians money directly and nagging them and everyone else endlessly about the benefits of small government and the evils of environmentalism. She's a fanstastic contributor to anti-climate change propoganda (it wouldn't be very convenient for a massive mining company to be concerned about ruining the world, now, would it?) and a generous donater to the National Party. She's also good pals with old Rupert Murdoch.
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Opinion by HeitsiTsegin posted over a year ago
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Democracy is common and somewhat popular among many people all over the world, yet people give it too much credit.

The one who can delude the people best is the one that gets most of the votes, weather or not he is really a good leader. A charismatic leader such as Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin might have used their charisma to win over voters in a democracy assuming they had not already made a reputation for themselves as an evil dictator. Imagine also Oprah whatsherlastname running for president, she probably has little to no political experience and yet, she can win over voters by pure popularity and charisma, and yet she would most likely not make a good leader.

Another thing is the campaigning, they all say anyone can run for president, but this is not true. Any given person who wants to run in any democracy has to have either money or the right contacts, and hardly anyone has those kinds of contacts or money. Only the aristocratic then can run for president, keeping the middle and lower classes out of politics, then it tries to claim to be the most fair of all governments.
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List by Cinders posted over a year ago
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"For a long time I've been operating from a certain core assumption that we are all essentially the same inside, and that our differences are by and large situational. That goes for everybody— Bush, Bin Laden, Tony Blair, me, you… Palestinians, everybody of any particular religion. I know there is a good chance that this assumption actually is false. But it's convenient, because it always leads to questions about the way privilege shelters people from the consequences of their actions. It's also convenient because it leads to some level of forgiveness, whether justified or not."

Rachel Corrie, April 10 1979 — March 16 2003

"I would have joined a terrorist organization."

Ehud Barak's (Former Israeli Prime Minister) response to Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Ha'aretz newspaper, when Barak was asked what he would have done if he had been born a Palestinian.

[i]"Today, as I walked on top of the rubble, Egyptian soldiers called to me from the other side of the border: 'Go! Go!' because a tank was coming. And then waving and 'What's your name?' Something disturbing about this friendly curiosity. To...
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List by localpride posted over a year ago
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To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

In light of your immediate failure to financially manage yourselves and also in recent years your tendency to elect incompetent Presidents of the USA and therefore not able to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas , which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated sometime next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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I respect most religious beliefs, mostly because I have a deep respect for the grounds they stand on. Those are very sacred grounds, with roots in history, culture, and philosophy. And these beautiful things are nothing to sneer at. People forget sometimes that this is where religion comes from, that we are religion as much as we are history.

I will always fight for a person's right to practice and believe in anything that feels right to them in their soul, so long as in practicing that religion, they do not infringe upon the rights of others to do the same. In my time, both on Fanpop and off of it, I have advocated for the rights of Christians, Muslims and Jews to practice without persecution from anyone else.

But while I will fight for your right to believe it, and I will try to understand it, that does not mean I have to agree with it. And often, I don't. For example, I don't agree with people who are against homosexuality, for any reason, even religious ones. I can understand and respect their reasoning for this position, but I can still think it's wrong from my own personal moral perspective.
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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This is quite possibly the first in a series of rants on my part concerning the organization, link and its place in the current education debate in the US. So, you know, keep an eye out, if only so you can avoid those rants when you see them in your updates.

I want to start with an anecdote. A fellow recent Masters in Teaching grad and I were going to one of our favorite restaurants in the city. On the same block is an Apple store. I saw some Teach For America (TFA) sign in the window, rolled my eyes, and followed my friend into the restaurant. I should note that when I saw this, my University was in hot water with its students for a partnership they recently signed with TFA, basically giving them all the perks of a Masters degree without the tuition or training - but that's a rant for another time. I only tell you this, so you understand my eye-roll.

Anyways, I let it go and forgot about it, until we exited the restaurant and passed that same Apple store. I turned to my friend and finally asked, "Why's Apple promoting TFA anyway?" And she asked, "Didn't you read the sign?" Because I was just...
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Article by Cinders posted over a year ago
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Preface: This was my final paper for one of my college courses at the University of Washington. Considering recent conversations on this spot, I decided to share it. I take no offense if no one reads it completely - it's an academic paper, not a tweet or a facebook status update, so I know it's long and wordy. Lastly (and this should go without saying) Plagiarism rules apply, and this is easily searchable on the Interwebs so, you know, be smart.

Why is the education of women important to development?

According to the UN Arab Human Development Report from 2005, “an Arab renaissance cannot be accomplished without the rise of women in Arab countries.” Under the recent Taliban regime, girls were forbidden from attending school. Even though the Taliban no longer have control of the government, they still attack girls who attempt to get an education. Though the current government supports the education of women, they have little funds to give to it. As such, the cause has attracted governments and NGOs like the World Food Program and the Canadian International Development Agency to contribute resources to encourage young women to go to...
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Opinion by LadyL68 posted over a year ago
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So, many of you are aware of the rumor floating arround that the world will end tonight at 6:00 PM. I just have a few things to say about these "End of The World" theories, becasue they're really getting on my nervs.

I just want to say that first off, for those of you who do belive the world will end tonight, or in 2012, or whatever, I mean no disrespect to you. I also don't mean any disrespect to people's religious beliefs that say the things I'm about to adress.



So, yesterday afternoon I heard that there is yet another prediction for the world ending. First it was the year 2000, then the whole 2012 thing, & now this. I just want to say, for those of you who, like myself, belive in God, do you really think any of us can grasp the understanding of when Judgement Day is? Nobody knows when the end is. It may be a week from now, it may be millions of years from now. We don't know. Sure, the stars may allign in certain ways, & I myself do belive in forceeing, to an extent, but that dosen't predict when the world will end, think about it. There have been so many failed theories, the year 2000 one for example, they were so...
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Opinion by pandawinx posted over a year ago
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ok, obviously that's not gerado, but still.
WARNING- THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SOME INFO WHICH SOME MAY FIND DISTURBING OR UPSETING.
85 percent of the time, I like to think the world's a wonderful place. we have tecnology and nature all rolled into one delicious sushi-package, we all have different place to visit and new things to learn. most of the time, the world's a very pleasent, innocent place to be. But 15 percent of the time, horrible things happen. people crash planes into buildings, tecnology is faulty, nature is being destroyed and the odd teenager sometimes drops a baby bomb on her parents and boyfriend. but only very ocassionally do i read or hear something and feel all these emotions at once-
- Degust.
- Shock.
- disbelief.
- and maybe just a little bit heartbroken.
I have only one word to discribe all those emotions coming together- HORRIFIED.
Now, before i explain the debate relevence, read the passage below from wikipedia about "Lina Medina". I watched a documentry about her and was so shocked i suspected i should probably look her up to check this wasn't some kind of fake-
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Opinion by pandawinx posted over a year ago
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Hate these guys- then why act like them?
Racism is terrible, on a par with sexism and homophobia, fifty years ago (and sometimes now!) the country you where born in could effect the quality of your education, your chances of promotion or even employment, weather you would be allowed on TV and even who your allowed to marry.

Luckily though thanks to Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and a whole host of protesters, African-Americans have a lot more rights than they did 50 years ago, along with any other discriminated races.
But somehow, i think people are abusing the rights Ms.Park and thousands of others have fought for after she sat on a white-reserved seat on the bus one evening.

When Barrack Obama (Current president of USA) ran for his current position, headlines did not read: "Promising new candidate" or "Could this man be the key to helping America?" if we're judging on what one newspaper said (No names):
"Could he be the first black president?"
Now, after reading that there where two objections i had with it:
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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Diane Ravitch is the best voice we have. Listen to her.
I've been working on an article for a long time, formerly entitled: "The State of Our Nation's Education: Myths and Facts." Now, this article may come about soon enough, and that will be MUCH more of a factual, logical argument, using sources and statistics and data to debunk the lies. But this needed to be said, because I am both emotionally and physically exhausted.

Now, some of you might ask me why I'm exhausted. Most, out of a genuine curiosity, but some because you know I'm a Masters Student, working at a local elementary school. And you think, "Cinders, you're just training to be a teacher. You're not even a real teacher, but you talk you are. You're a student, really. That's not hard."

The thing about so-called "student teachers", which is what I am, is that they are both student and teacher. I teach my class, daily. I act as nurse, parent, coach, therapist, police officer, mediator, entertainer, and facilitator to 26 students, not counting the ones who aren't in my classroom. We attack fractions and angles together. We empathize with Billy in Where the Red Fern Grows together. We memorize digits of pi using colored bracelets that...
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List by Cinders posted over a year ago
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Peggy McIntosh, author of "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack"
From Peggy McIntosh's article available in full link. The rest of this article will be directly quoted from that. I posted the whole link as well, but for the tl;dr crowd, this is the meat and potatoes of it.

My schooling gave me no training in seeing myself as an oppressor, as an unfairly advantaged person, or as a participant in a damaged culture. I was taught to see myself as an individual whose moral state depended on her individual moral will. My schooling followed the pattern my colleague Elizabeth Minnich has pointed out: whites are taught to think of their lives as morally neutral, normative, and average, and also ideal, so that when we work to benefit others, this is seen as work which will allow "them" to be more like "us."

1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.

2. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live.
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Opinion by harold posted over a year ago
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On and off for the past several years, I've been working on a bunch of articles here on Fanpop: interviews (so many interviews....), comic articles, reviews, and various "What is..." explanatory articles. One of the ones on the back burner has been the "What is Debate?" article, and since I haven't finished that, I have to summarize some basic points about debate:

1) Debate is all about using arguments to support a position, thesis or statement.
2) Debate requires opposition: at least two sides arguing the truth or fallacy of the thesis.
3) Debate requires an audience to judge the effectiveness of the debate. A debate without an audience (whether a few judges or an enormous crowd) is, at best, a civil conversation, and at worst, a knock-out, drag-down argument.

Recently, an acquaintance on Facebook posted a video called "Fraud of the Age: Myth Stolen From Egypt". At first I thought it was broken, because the first half minute of the video is just a black screen with "Part I" written on it. Then, once it started, I thought it was a joke. To some of you, this may not be a surprise, since you may recall I had the same reaction to the...
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Opinion by DarkSarcasm posted over a year ago
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Just kidding. Below are a few questions I’ve attempted to answer about the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). This isn’t formal research, just a few points that I believe need to be brought to attention.

What is this ‘Westboro Baptist Church’ you speak of?
The fine folks at Wikipedia have summarized that in far fewer words than I ever could have, so if you are unfamiliar with the WBC, I would suggest reading the first paragraph link.

How does a church from Kansas have enough money to send members to protest all over the US?
Since the WBC classifies itself as a church, they are not required to disclose their finances to anyone - including church members. It wouldn't matter anyway, because about 80% of the WBC's members are members of the Phelps family so they probably know exactly what's going on. I'll get to that later.

Why do they hate so many people?
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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A conservative friend of mine had a very apropos status update on Facebook this weekend: "People from the left and the right adore Jon Stewart because he says the things we think, no matter who's listening." And inspired by his rationality, as well as Jon Stewart, I decided to hold my own "rally" to remind people that just because you're the loudest, doesn't mean you're the majority.

I hear a lot of crazy accusations about Obama that are both unfounded and unfair, and it undermines the legitimate arguments people make against him. In this sensationalized world of celebrity tabloids and YouTube, it's easy to sink to ad hominem attacks and insults and call it "debate." But all of this crazy talk about Obama being a socialist/communist/fascist/muslim/terrorist/Hitler has reminded me of some of the equally crazy things that people said about President Bush when he was in office.

Now, I don't like George W. Bush as a president. And frankly, I probably never will. I am disenchanted with his No Child Left Behind Policy, I think he made several wrong decisions concerning foreign policy, and I do not think that the war in Iraq was the best idea either...
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Opinion by XDRoseLuvsHP posted over a year ago
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We have a lot of problems in our world. Some issues are things that would be prevalent no matter what. But I firmly believe that the main cause of the majority of problems in our world is human closed mindedness. Think of how many issues we could avoid if we could just open our minds to other ideas, and think how much more advanced we could be. Here are a few examples of issues that could be avoided if we could open our minds to other ideas.

Racism
There are many people who hate a group of people just because their skin is a different colour than their own. But really, if you think about it, everyone has brown skin. Some people have light brown skin, some people have dark brown skin, some people are in the middle somewhere. But it's all brown. What if I had blue skin? Would that make me any different than I am now? What if people were to start hating each other because they had different coloured eyes? That sounds pretty ridiculous, right? But if you think about it, it's the exact same thing. And a person's personality is more important than how they look.
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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Several of you already know that I am in the process of earning a masters degree in elementary education. As part of this process, I have to take courses in social justice and differentiated instruction. In these courses, I've learned about people's "frames of references."

It's a phrase I've heard before, and maybe one you know as well. I used to think it meant "point of view." And it does, more or less, mean that. But it's more than that. It's not just someone's point of view or perspective. It's how they came to that perspective. What experiences they've had in live that's brought them to that perspective. It is the lens through which they look through life. And everyone has a different lens, because everyone has had different experiences.

Frames of reference are important to keep in mind in debate, and controversial conversations. To be truly respectful, you have to understand your conversation partner's frames of reference. If, for example, one person in the conversation is from a lower-class white family, has three older brothers, and is the first in her family to earn a scholarship and go to college, she will have a vastly different...
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Opinion by djlee6 posted over a year ago
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They exist. We all know that.
From the moment we begin to get online, we are warned by adults and teachers of what we are not to do:
*don't tell people your real name
*don't use your nickname
*don't tell people where your from
*don't tell your age
*don't tell your gender
*don't talk to anyone too old

The list goes on and on.
Why?
Because there are people who get some sick pleasure from mentally-and eventually physically-screwing around with teens and kids, hoping to get an easy lay; maybe even kill the child.
I understand playing it safe; I myself try to be careful.
But there are older men and women that do like to go online, and all they want to do is talk.
They listen to problems of kids, sympathize, give advice, and they have no interest whatsoever in getting with them.
I've met perverts and I've met good people. I don't believe it's needed to call the good people sick or pedofiles simply because they are older.
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Opinion by oreocat134 posted over a year ago
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These days, our culture is rapidly evolving and society is begging for more and more things in the line of wifi, touchpads, and apps. To an average person, an adequate phone has to include internet and something or other that slides out. People just aren't like they used to be, and, for lack of a better word, want fancy-shmancy gadgets that have at least three uses. Just ask any elderly person and they'll tell you.

I'm sure that most of us have heard of kindles and/or nooks. They're what we call ebook readers. In case you're confused about an ebook reader's purpose, it's basically a slim and handy electric rectangle, about the size of any paperback book, on which a person can read any book they want. Books are downloaded from an huge online database with thousands of titles onto the ebook, where you can read the book and keep it. The books you download are also free, which is a plus I'm sure many of us would appreciate.

But really, apart from the free books, what is the advantage of this to just a plain old regular book you can get from your public library? Well here are just a few.
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Opinion by chloeregister posted over a year ago
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I was wondering something. What do you people think? Is war really neccesary? In my own opinion, I think it is not.
My religion is Christian, so, duh, I believe in God! Well, if you don't then maybe... ah never mind! I think God put everyone on Earth for him. He wants people to live for God and get along with each other to score Heaven. Hell is only worthy if you do not fufill God's commands.
In the harsh struggle to live in WAR, people are killing others.
I am NOT a hippie, but I believe war is murder and thanks if you are in the service for risking your life for America, but you are also risking God's trust in which you kill someone else, thou shalt surely pay the eternity in the Devil's Hell.
C'mon, nations. Just because LONG ago we found our new turf doesn't mean you can kill the innocent! I am willing to protect the innocent. I was thinking, offensive war is just killing. Defensive is not shooting, but blocking death from yourself and friends.
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Fan fiction by Cinders posted over a year ago
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After seeing a similar article that claimed to disprove all religions in a simple dialog, I decided to write my own, this time with more realistic and logical paths of discussion.

My characters for this dialog will be a woman named link and a man named link. Neither is related to their Greek counterparts of the same name. They are just two young people living in our modern world. I have only linked you to their namesakes' Wikipedia articles so that you may further your knowledge on Greek literature.

DISCLAIMER: This is only one possible conversation between a spiritual man and a non-spiritual woman. It does not speak for all spiritual men and woman, nor does it speak for all non-spiritual men and woman. It is simply two perspectives on a complex topic, of which there are many other viewpoints.

Sappho got on the bus and sat next to her friend, Euripides, greeting him warmly.
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Opinion by LostKid posted over a year ago
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This is ALL made up but conversation is possable and in some cases has happened*


A woman was walking down the street when she saw a man reading the bible.


Woman:Why are you reading that?

Man:*looks up* Because I'm Christian

Woman:Why are you Christian?

Man:*shrugs* Because God is the creator of all things.

Woman:*smirks* Oh really? Are you sure about that?

Man:*nods*

Woman:*sits next to him* What about bananas? They are made by people.

Man:They are?

Woman:*nods* And our words, are the words we speak to communicate to one another made by him?

Man:No, but when I ment created all things I ment objects.

Woman:Like girls?

Man:Yeah.


*The woman slaps him on the face and leaves but they run into each other about an hour later because the man is apparentally the woman's neighbor. The man invites the woman over for brunch, chat and to appologise*
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Guide by DragonsArt posted over a year ago
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-Now, I know what you want to do, just by reading the name of the article. Don't. Read ALL of the article, comment on it too. I would love to hear your opinion on this.-

Evolution-
Evolution has only been seen in one way, but in truth, every day, the planet goes through many phases of evolution.

Humans-
People only seem to have taken evolution to the catagory of people, though that can't be 100% guarenteed, there is such thing as human evolution. How we go through this natural form of evolution is through reproduction. When a child inherits some genes from both parents, the child changes in a way that it does not look like a duplacate, but a fusion. This changes the next generation, then the next, then the next, and so on. Eventually down the line, the decendents of those first two people look nothing like them. Thus ending one breed in the clan, or in other words, evolution.

Plants-
As strange as it sounds, yes, plants under go evolution. Though at first you might not believe it, but I assure you it is true. Did you know that most plants reproduce sexually? How that is preformed is (like the saying) the birds and...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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So I recently (and perhaps mistakenly) lost my temper in a thread here on Fanpop. I'd rather not link to it, as it wasn't my finest hour and I perhaps embarrassed myself.

I will say that yes, it was about Obama.

I will also say that no, it wasn't a logical discussion about Obama.

Let me begin by saying that I like Obama-- but I know he isn't perfect. I am open to criticism, and actually complimented (in a comment to my parents) right-wing politicians who held up their counter-health care proposal in silent protest during a speech on the topic. I complimented them because they were being dignified in their disagreement (in my opinion). Unlike that other guy that heckled him.

So I wanted to make it perfectly clear. I think everyone should always criticize and feel free to criticize the president and his (or her) administration. There is no caveat to this. It doesn't matter who is leading our nation, that person should always be scrutinized.
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Opinion by JillBarraclough posted over a year ago
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Capitalism : The New God

Trinity:


Individual Satisfaction - Father

Exploitation - Son

Purchasing power - Holy Spirit


10 Commandments

* I will make sure I maximise my profits at the cost of everything else
* Individual satisfaction must be 100% satisified even if it means I cheat on my marriage, destroy my childrens lives and end up divorced
* Exploit whoever you can for whatever you can, its survival of the fittest
* You are what you can afford
* Love thy cheap goods even if you don’t know they came from a child sweat shop
* Thou shall not worship false Gods: socialism, communism, et al
* Thou shall be faithful and not lie with another man's wife unless our wife failed to deliver for a few days or I see someone else I want in the street round the corner, like the latest purchase from that tv store down the road I just had to have as it was 50 inches wide not 45 like the one I have already.
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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As of late, I've noticed several picks asking if it's murder if a crime is committed without mens rea. In all fairness, I'm paraphrasing, because none of these picks even mentions the words "mens rea" but the concept is the same.

For example, one pick asks if a priest should be convicted if he performed an exorcism which resulted in the link For that, I answered yes-- the priest should be convicted, or at least charged with manslaughter-- but not murder. Similarly, there are link seperate link concerning the legalities of a burglar/trespasser getting shot and killed on someone else's property. These are debate questions, but they're legally debatable, not so much morally, particularly as the question is always the culpability of the killer rather than the morality of the killer's actions. Because of this, we have to think of the situation in legal terms more than moral terms. It's for this reason that I'm detailing the differences...
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Opinion by sophieDP posted over a year ago
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Okay, okay I admit so far communism doesn’t seem to have worked too well, what with Stalin with his work camps and his unrealistic 5 years plans or Mao with controversial philosophy and catastrophically cultural revolution. However firstly I’d like to argue that the models cited above don’t actually correspond to Marxism in its purest sense, at all. Mao’s theory, in fact has little or nothing to do with Marxism. Mao’s conviction is more about the population’s ability as a whole to achieve anything through hard work and determination has nothing to do with the conventions of communism, and though, he did confiscate the power from Sun yat Sen liberal party… his ideology does gravitate away from traditional Marxism. Likewise Stalinism cannot truly be said to be Marxism. I would therefore argue, that rather than blame communism for the downfall of the Soviet Union or 10 years of social turmoil in China, one must look to weakness of the leaders and their inability to withstand dictatorship. Furthermore, communism wasn’t all bad; it ensured free education for all, as well as a free healthcare and in the URSS employment and housing for everyone. In 1953, Stalin’s...
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Opinion by EFiltness posted over a year ago
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I'm sorry but I think Obama has comitted plaguerism, observe:

CAN WE FIX IT - 23/12/2000
3 weeks at #1 - 22 weeks on chart

Take your places
Can we fix it
YES, WE CAN
Bob the Builder
Can we fix it
Bob the Builder
YES, WE CAN
Scoop, Muck and Dizzy and Roley too
Lofty and Wendy join the crew
Bob and the gang have so much fun
Working together, they get the job done

Bob the Builder
Can we fix it
Bob the Builder
YES, WE CAN

Bob the Builder
Can we fix it
Bob the Builder
YES, WE CAN

Time to get busy, such a lot to do
Building and fixing till it's good as new
Bob and the gang make a really good sound
Working all day till the sun goes down

Bob the Builder
Can we fix it
Bob the Builder
YES, WE CAN

Bob the Builder
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List by Cinders posted over a year ago
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"Purple Politics" by Dan May
All right, so you probably saw this in your update and thought, "Oh, interesting," and then saw it was written by Cinders, and now you expect something sarcastic. But no, I am being very serious. Even as a self-described liberal, I do love conservatives, I want conservatives in this spot to SPEAK UP and I am going to tell you why.

I have very strong opinions, as I am sure many of you are familiar. Some of you agree with the things I say, some of you don't. And I welcome both reactions to the things I have to say, especially if you disagree. As I call myself a liberal, those who tend to disagree with me call themselves conservatives. Whether or not either one of us adheres 100% to the labels we assign ourselves is beside the point. Liberals and conservatives have been two halves of a feuding family for years-- but they are still a family. Which is why I decided to compile this list.

Why I Love Conservatives

1) Dissent. A person might believe that if everyone thought the same way she does, then the world would be a better place. In fact, several people believe this. Some hypothesize that agreement on morals, laws,...
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Opinion by Sappp posted over a year ago
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Should projects involving eminent domain require citizen approval?

No, projects involving eminent domain should NOT require citizen approval.

I think that when you let people have input in cases where eminent domain is being used, you undermine the use of eminent domain.
Eminent domain should only be used when it benefits the public good. Undermining that rule would damage the public good. Like stated before, people hardly think about the public good when it is about their own stuff.

People are often emotional in these cases: they want to keep their property even though they get a just compensation. However, like a wise man once said "... logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few".

Eminent domain usually only affects one or a few persons or family's. Why should the entire town or city have something to say about that?
I think this will cause a lot of projects unable to continue just because the person who is affected is good at winning votes.
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Opinion by Sappp posted over a year ago
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Let us debate!
Should projects involving eminent domain require citizen approval?

No, projects involving eminent domain should NOT require citizen approval.

Let me first state that eminent domain is not a nice rule. I understand that people would want a say in that.

However, that law is there to do things for the public good. People hardly think about the public good when it is about their own property.

Allowing some form of citizen approval would slow down the governments plans, which cost money that the citizens pay. A government should be able to work as efficient as possible with the laws that are in place.



Read our first round link
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Guide by harold posted over a year ago
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This is an explanation of the procedure for the link, detailing the teams, the topic for debate, the time-line and procedure for each round. This was last edited on 19 December 2008.

Debate premise
The premise for this debate - the question that the opposing sides will attempt to answer - is:

Should projects involving eminent domain require citizen approval?

For the purposes of this debate, these terms are defined as:
Eminent domain: a right of a government to seize property from its citizens in order to repurpose the land for the public good. Examples of eminent domain include (but are not limited to) relocating families so that freeways can be constructed where their houses were, purchasing houses so that sports stadia may be built, repossessing land in order to create a regional wilderness, razing homes to build an oil or water pipeline.
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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This article is, perhaps, mislabled, as there are several ironies concerning the American political party system. But I want to focus on a major one, an amusing one, really, and that is the difference between a party's economic politics and its social politics.

When asked what the main difference between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party is, the answer that comes is simple enough. The democrats believe in big government, and the republicans believe in small governent. That is to say, democrats would want the government taking care of you at all times whereas the republicans would prefer it if the government just leave everyone to their devices and fend for themselves. This is apparent in both parties' economic strategies, as well as their stances on things like health care.

But the irony comes in when you look at their social politics. Some of the major issues in social politics for republicans and democrats are abortion, gay marriage, and stem cell research. The reblicans support the government intervening in each case, outlawing abortion, outlawing gay marriage, and outlawing stem cell research. The democrats, on the other hand,...
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Article by ClassicalNadia posted over a year ago
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Just a neat little poem I found interesting. What do you think about it?
Written by: Harvey Ehrlich

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to "Elves",
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.

And labor conditions at the north pole
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.
Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
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Opinion by sophieDP posted over a year ago
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Part of me feels that America didn't vote for Barack Obama, not for his ideas nor his charisma. When America voted Obama, they were above all voting democrat due to the current economical situation in the US.
Although the polls told us that Obama was in the lead, one might have still predicted Mccain as the final outcome.
As previously an African American president was unheard of. Even his predicted outcome in the polls failed to convince me, believing that Obama like so many other black political figures in America would suffer the 'bradley effect'.
This would lead many to the conclusion that America's attitude to race has changed. and thought i do believe that the younger generations have, obama leading by a great majority in the 18 - 25 age range, i think there is another explanation.
The economical crisis, struck America much harder than it has (yet) in Europe. People from the middle classes losing their house, job, savings. it is therefore unsurprising, that in a country where there is no left that the voters choose to vote center right rather than extreme right as the democrats offer more social policies. it has proven to be so in the past , in...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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First of all: This is a preface. It's nearly 2:00 in the morning, I am quite emotional right now, I know this has... well it actually has quite a bit to do with debate, as it concerns the debate about gay marriage, and this is sort of a rant, so I don't know how eloquent it will be or how many run-on sentences it will have (reading back, I see I haven't gotten to a good start as far as run-on sentences go) but bear with me. Please. Even and especially if you disagree, even and especially if you voted for prop 8 because after talking and reading some discouraging blog posts and comments by people who support the proposition, and listening to the wonderful link Lunaste posted, I feel like I really have to reach out to a community I feel I have at least some minor, shred of influence in. You guys.


On November Fourth, as many of you know, California passed Proposition 8, which proposed to amend the state constitution to read that marriage is between a man and a woman. This effectively rendered several marriages between gay and lesbian couples void, hurtling them into...
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Opinion by ShadowFlame posted over a year ago
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My friend, an evolutionist, and I, a Christian, always love to spend a few moments debating with each other about evolution, the "Big Bang" theory, and religion (mostly God).

November 7, 2008, he and I started at it again on Msn. He actually put my skills to the test, as neither of us have had no high school or college education on religion (so far), but I have gone to Church weekly, and will hopefully continue doing so. My friend, is frankly just extremely smart (I honestly can't elaborate on that. He's not just smart, he's extremely gifted), and he comes from a family of evolution-refuters.

We were having a blast trying to get our points across, and if that didn't work, WE USED CAPS LOCK every now and then. It was about half an hour later when I had to leave, and not wanting to stop the debate, I decided to save the conversation, which I am going to show you right now. Please note that I have done a spelling check and such, but I did not change anything up to make me look better or more right, etc... Also note, that I am going to use my Fanpop name, and his nickname - Alien (he takes no offense of this...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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I know that I am going to get a lot of flack for this. And let me just slap on a large PG-13 warning here for those who find this to be a touchy subject. But I feel like I needed to get this off my chest.

There are a lot of topics in this debate spot that I come up "pro-sex" on (for lack of a better term). For example, I am pro legalization of prostitution, I do not believe a consensual one night stand is morally reprehensible if both parties know the score, and I recommend that one masturbates as often as one possibly can.

Now, there are health and safety reasons why I support legalization of prostitution, but when it comes to the other two, the main reason I am "pro sex" is biological, psychological, and emotional.

Let me say this bold, and in capital letters:

SEX IS GOOD FOR YOU

Assuming that you are of legal age, I don't care about anything else. I don't care if you have gay sex. I don't care if you have sex with yourself. I don't care if you have kinky sex with handcuffs and and bananas. And I don't care if you have sex before marriage. Just so long as you have it, as frequently as you...
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Opinion by amazondebs posted over a year ago
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This article is basically about something i keep seeing around the debate spot or on other debate forums and it is, in my opinion the rudest and most insulting thing you can do in debate

no I am not talking about swearing

no I am not talking about denying the existence of someone's believes

no I am not even talking about flashing your opponent to distract them

I am talking about the one line comment

some of you may be slightly confused as to why I get so annoyed by this so let me clear things up

I have no issue with people bringing up a new point that they have just summed up in a short space, I also have no issue with people making a comment on the on going debate itself or with people just asking a question or injecting a piece of new information, all them are perfectly worthy one line comments and contribute to the debate.

what I am complaining about (yes I am not denying this is just a big fat rant) is when someone writes a completly pointless one lined comment in response to a well researched and thought out decent piece of debate, that someone has put effort in to.
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Guide by EFiltness posted over a year ago
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Guy Moquet, resistant during World War Two in occupied France
What can we do? In the past when there has been something we haven’t agreed with, we’ve rebelled against, early bedtimes for example. No, I’m talking about the big wide world and how we as young people must do something to stop it from falling into complete chaos. We cannot vote so what else can we do? If the Edelweiss Pirates can cause so much fuss about Nazism and if Guy Môquet can cause a stir in occupied France then we can too. We must react to show our governments that we are not just binge-drinking, hoodies who carry knives and guns for protection because we are all in gangs who attack old ladies and vulnerable people. NO! No more stereotypes. We must fight back and get our opinions heard. There aren’t enough youth groups and we need more to strengthen our cause and make people hear us! We are at war with Iraq and Afghanistan and yet when it comes to opposition we whine because we haven’t got a voice or we are called stupid because we don’t have an opinion because we don’t know anything about it. If you have a view, you must voice it, however alone you may feel, however ridiculed you may be in your opinion. When are we asked about the European Union? When are...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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An add mocking "Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week" at Georg Mason University, 2007
I found myself typing a long reply to one of MajorDork74's comments on his link. If you're too lazy to click on the link, the image is a bumper sticker which says "If it's OK to call Bush Hitler, then I say it's OK to call Obama Muslim."

And the general response was, "Call him whatever you want, but this statement doesn't make sense... how is being a Muslim as bad an insult as being called Hitler? I'm sure you can think of worse and more accurate things to call Obama."

The Major returned with, and I quote: "Obama does a lot of things that people do not know about. How do you know he does not practice? The Christian church he supposedly attends...........well, that could very well be a cover-up. Who knows what terrorist ties he has.
True that true Muslims aren't terrorists but because of the ones that took it even further than Christians centuries ago, they're probably the most dangerous people in the world now."
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In this Sept. 3, 2008 file photo, Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, pumps her fist during her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, file)
I can't stand Sarah Palin. The funny thing is, I can actually respect John McCain. I disagree with his policies, and how he's milking his war record for everything it's worth, and he's a little too much like Bush than I'd like, but I do respect him as a politician, a veteran, and a pretty well-spoken guy. I actually wanted him to win the candidacy, because there were others in the running I did not respect, mostly because they showed little respect to people who hold my values.

That said, let's talk about Sarah Palin's values. Sarah Palin scares me more than John McCain, much like Dick Cheney scares me more than Bush. Why? Well, I'll tell you.

1) I respect everyone's values. People like Sarah Palin do not. Even if I disagree, I love learning how people think about things, and what they consider to be important, and their definition of morality. People like Sarah Palin leave absolutely no room for compromise. Either you agree, or you're the devil. She shares this attribute with pundit Ann Coulter. She strikes me as close-minded and undiplomatic, which are two traits I do not like in politicians. Believe it or not, I do not...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967
Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed--
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There's never been equality for me,

Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")


Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
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Opinion by Chandlerfan posted over a year ago
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I thought I'd write about this topic because I feel strongly about it. I myself am against it, so if you don't agree, that's fine, it's just my opinion. Whether you agree/disagree is upto you. Be sure to let me know what you think afterwards.

I've known many people who say they are for or against capital punishment decide so quickly you'd think I asked them if they were a boy or girl. A minority of these people answer so quickly because they actually know the facts and therefore know where they stand. The remainder, however, don't have a clue. They either give an answer that seems the most logically correct, or do the opposite to stir up an argument.

I would like to share with you my opinion on this controversial topic. (By the way, I use 'he' in a general term, not as a divide between men and women.)

Number 1:
Capital punishment allows the murderer an 'easy way out'. When a murderer commits a crime, he should be aware of the consequences and knowing he would die won't necessarily instil fear in him because he knows that if he does feel any guilt (depending on whether he is human or not), he won't...
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Opinion by mac posted over a year ago
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In debate clash is when the two arguments that the opposing sides have given have to do with each other. For example if You wanted to legalize cocaine and I make the argument that legalizing cocaine would lead to increased crimes and you responded to me by saying that it would actually decrease crimes then we have clash, and the thing about clash it allows us to both present try to present better evidence. The thing about evidence is that it is based on facts so one side is going to have better facts and we can all acknowledge there facts and change our minds. But if you said that legalizing cocaine would make us all smarter than there would be no clash. The problem with that is simple, we can both present evidence to our hearts content and no one will ever be convinced because we are talking about two different things you say. So as you can now see clash makes a debate possible. Without it the judge could not make an educated decision on which debater the victor should be. Government is the same way. In the senate or the house without clash good laws would not be possible because no one would understand each other so no one would ever be able to come to some kind of...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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courtesy of www.dividedwefail.com, though it says a lot about compromise, if you ask me.
When I created this spot nearly a year ago, my intention was to create a forum for the respectable exchange of ideas among educated individuals. To my great excitement, I got exactly that: multifaceted individuals who knew where they stood but were curious to learn about others and make their own ideas known. There were the occasional people who would refuse to listen and only talk, and there were the occasional users who would refuse to acknowledge a good point against them. But over all, I've enjoyed our lively discussions.

For a time, the debate spot was lacking in any real "debate." There were lively discussions, but generally full of folks who kept agreeing with each other, who would play "devil's advocate" for fun. I created the Great Debate to give some structure (and serious debate) to the spot. There has only been one successful Great Debate so far, the winner of which was link, whom I am very grateful to for competing. The next Great Debate is slotted for July (I have been too busy this month to orchestrate one) and will center around "Resolved: That The Iraq War should end now," a topic proposed by...
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Opinion by dizzy_claire posted over a year ago
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Are our “work hard” North-American ideals leading us to an oh-so-capitalistic meaning of life? I was having a discussion with someone the other day and oddly enough the issue of the meaning of life came up. This got me to thinking, from such an early age we are put into schools, what is the purpose of going to school? To learn, well that may be so, but the sole purpose of this learning is so that we can get into a good University, get a well paying job and be successful. So essentially, as a Western civilization our meaning of life is to work hard and make as much money as we possibly can. How can so many people want to live in a society where the worth of their life is measured in property and dollar values?
    When I ask people my age why they want to make money it’s always “So I can have nice things, so I can get what I want.” My question is, if you’re constantly working just to make money, and you spend your spare time buying things you’re told you want by TV ads, and billboards, and society in general, when do you get the time to actually use these things. Sure you may be the CEO of a highly successful company, but when are you going to...
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Why I smoke............

I smoke because I am an environmentalist. There are three main reasons why smoking helps the environment.

Think about it. Cigarette butts have fiberglass or other insulating material as filters. If you analyze a bird's nest in the spring you will see that the parent birds often use these cigarette butts to line their nests as a form of insulation. It helps keep the baby birds warm. We really ought to change the old saying "snug as a bug in a rug" to "snug as a baby bird in a butt-lined nest". Not as catchy but certainly more truthful. Since many birds are on the endangered species list, I'm sure my amount of smoking (and consequent cigarette butt distribution) has helped save or prolong the life of at least one of those near-extinct wonders of nature. That is reason one.

Secondly, since I inhale, every exhale releases carbon monoxide as a byproduct (chemical symbol CO - one Carbon atom, one Oxygen atom) into the atmosphere. Eventually, this carbon monoxide "floats" up to the upper atmosphere and some of it combines with the ozone layer (ozone is chemical symbol O3). The ozone combines with this carbon monoxide...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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I am going to post three comments as one big soapbox and if this discussion ever comes up again, I will just relate people here because I am tired of repeating myself when no one listens.

I accept that people can disagree with me-- when they disagree with me. But I feel that these words are being ignored, particularly by the creationists who FOR SOME REASON STILL THINK WE CAME FROM MONKEYS!

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[DISCLAIMER: This very basic theoretical proposal was created not by a Christian, but by an agnostic with respect for the Christian beliefs.]

Misinterpreted points of evolution:
FALSE: That humans evolved from monkeys.
FALSE: That humans are the pinnacle of evolution.
FALSE: That human beings are no longer evolving.
FALSE: That the only force of evolution is genetic mutation.
FALSE: That a new species can evolve after a single generation.

TRUE: That humans and other apes share a common ancestor, who was neither a human or a monkey.
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Opinion by greekthegeek posted over a year ago
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In our world today, global warming is a growing issue. Global warming (according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary) is an increase in the earth's atmospheric and oceanic temperatures widely predicted to occur due to an increase in the greenhouse effect resulting especially from pollution. This means we must take action. This is a method commonly known as "going green." We do this by riding bikes, using public transportation, reycleing, and much more. This is common for big cities like New York City, New York or Chicago, Illionois- but what about the smaller towns?



I live in Joplin, Missouri USA. It's daytime population is 270,000 while the population within a 40-mile radius of Joplin is 400,000, making it Missouri’s fourth largest metropolitan area. We're not that small, but not that large either. The town is a great city- but faces a problem. There's very few sidewalks in residential areas. There's no bike lanes. There's no buses, and getting a taxi means calling ahead of time. The only good way to get around town is through the single trolley. It comes every 45 minutes past the hour. Great. How are the citizens of Joplin, Missouri...
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Opinion by harold posted over a year ago
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This article details the arguments supporting the position that "mechanical pencils are better than wooden pencils" in the link, in order to ensure that arguments are not repeated and also for the audience to keep track of the arguments and their counters. This article was last updated on 8 April 2008.

The arguments come in two forms: arguments for the superiority of mechanical pencils, and arguments for the inferiority of wooden pencils.

Mechanical Pencil Superiority

Argument: Less time, effort and equipment to keep mechanical pencils sharpened.

Argument: Mechanical pencils come with a clip to attach them to your shirt pocket for convenience (and so you don't lose it).


Wooden Pencil Inferiority

Argument: The process for sharpening a wooden pencil in school is long and complicated.
Counter-argument: Sharpeners for wooden pencils are everywhere, while running out of lead in a mechanical pencil leaves you with little recourse but to ask fruitlessly to borrow some lead.
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This article details the arguments supporting the position that "wooden pencils are better than mechanical pencils" in the link, in order to ensure that arguments are not repeated and also for the audience to keep track of the arguments and their counters. This article was last updated on 8 April 2008.

The arguments come in two forms: arguments for the superiority of wooden pencils, and arguments for the inferiority of mechanical pencils.

Wooden Pencil Superiority

Argument: Wooden pencils write thicker than mechanical ones.
Counter-argument: Thinner lines are preferable where thin sharp lines are essential.

Argument: Wooden pencils have a nicer feel.
Counter-argument: Mechanical pencils come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes for different tastes.

Argument: Wooden pencils are better for "pencil fighting": more flexible, better feel, better sound, and possible to break in such fights.
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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The prevailing prejudice in the United States in this post 9/11 world is against Arabs, specifically Arab Muslims. I'm not saying there aren't other "isms" at play in the US, by any means, but you can't deny the repugnant anti-Arab sentiment that has permeated its way into American culture. For the ignorant American, it is just another reason to hate another group.

In the immortal words of Aron Kader: "If Bush just came out and called everyone in the Middle East a mother fucker, don't you think half of America, maybe more than half would go... 'link"

Now, the Israel-Palestine "issue" (and I use "issue" as a euphemism, I can assure you. Hell, anything used to describe what goes on there from "conflict" to "crisis" is an understatement. But I digress. This sentence isn't grammatically correct... Ah! Digression!) is an issue that is close to my heart. (Whenever you see parenthesis from now on, just ignore them). Unfortunately, it's not a conflict that a lot of folks here know about. I recognize this, and this is...
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Opinion by harold posted over a year ago
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This is a debate seed, and was last edited on 8 April 2008.

As a fan of debate, I've often railed at the absence of actual debate in the debate spot. Therefore I present a question for debate:

Are mechanical pencils or wooden pencils better?

Cinders has done a marvelous job of initiating a number of formal limited debates, so I propose a different type of debate format for this one. For this, the Great Pencil Debate, the following debate attributes will apply:

Non-judged

Open-ended

Participatory

Moderated

What these mean:

Non-judged is a debate format wherein there are no judges separate from the debate audience, each member of which is free to decide which side has "won" the debate. Its opposite is judged, of course.

Open-ended is a print debate format, in which there is no set duration or end for the debate. The debate continues for as long as there are participants willing to present new arguments.
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Opinion by aholic posted over a year ago
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Hello there.

Here lately there has been a lot of trouble in The Middle East. The people there are angry with Europe and America, but why exactly? Are we cold blooded and don't we care about the values in The Middle East? Some of us might don't, but do the people in The Middle East forget that it's only a few out of thousand billions? Is the only thing the muslims in The Middle East think about is the bad persons here, and is that because that's all they care about? I don't think so.

I think we misunderstand each other all the time. We only see the bad things in each other, but where shall this end? In a big crusade? Are we too oldfashion to discuss our problems with each other? Some religious people probably blames each other for being oldfashion now, but those who blame are just as oldfashion. Is it because we are'nt too smart? Is humanity not smart enough to be friends? Maybe not, but when we know it's a problem, then why not sit down and figure it out? Are we too stubborn to talk to each other, and will we rather keep provoking each other? We probably all think that we are the smartest, so why not show that to each other by figuring this out so we...
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Opinion by amazondebs posted over a year ago
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Now, what I mean by campaigns is that in the UK (and I’m sure in America and other countries too) there's a lot of leaflets, adverts and campaigns to try and get more people to ride bikes to work and school;
1)because Britain is the third unhealthiest nation
2)to cut down on car emissions
which don't get me wrong I understand the need to try and fix both of these problems, however rather than wasting money on these campaigns, if they spent a bit more on making Britain a more 'bike friendly' place, then they'd see a much larger difference.

Some of you may ask how can a nation be bike unfriendly? Okay here's what I would have to go though to get simply from my house to the hospital

Once I have come though all the atrocious pot hole filled, narrow roads to get the main road, I have to wait half an hour at a junction as apparently most people think 'give way' signs must not apply to bikes. Once I have made it on to the main road I have to ride in the gutter or sometimes on the pavement due to the amount of cars that don't appear to be able to drive straight in a morning.
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Opinion by greekthegeek posted over a year ago
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Today (February 5,2008) I got into an arguement with one of my teachers. She saw that I was reading "An Inconvienent Truth" by Al Gore. She scoffed. And like always between her and me, we got into an arguement. My teacher claimed that Global Warming hasn't been scientifically proven. She said that whether she believes in Global Warming or not, she would never believe the words of Al Gore. At that moment I wanted to say "F**k you!" but like I'm supposed to, I went off to my locker since the bell rang.
In our society today, there's always people who decide not to believe though the evidence is there. I'm not going to say that I would force them to or anything, but the evidence is there. The argument has been along for a looooong time and especially now.
Global Warming has been around forever. The Earth's temperature will always rise even without all of the greenhouse gases (such as Carbon Dioxide, Methane, etc.). What some people don't believe is the SIGNIFICANT rise of it today. And a few of the more ignorant ones choose not to believe it at all.
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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I found myself watching CBN, (Christian Broadcasting Network) because... Well, I just was. And at first, I wrinkled my nose at it, but the remote was too far away, so I watched it.

Surprisingly, I was impressed, specifically by the author of "UnChristian."

I've always tried to differentiate between the true Christian and the "true Christian," or rather, those who follow Christ's teachings, and those who claim to follow Christ's teachings. But this guy, this author, says he interviewed my generation and found that most of them-- Christian and non-Christian alike-- had six major negative ideas of Christianity.

Those six ideas are ideas I have said, and heard said, about Christians, everywhere, including this site. And that is that Christians are proselytizers, hypocritical, judgmental, too political, anti-homosexual, and pretentious. They claimed that Christianity is no longer as Jesus intended.

They talked about how Christianity has become "famous for what we're against rather than what we're for." And more interestingly, they took all of the blame, saying that "We've brought this upon ourselves" for putting out the wrong...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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I think I'm tired of statistics telling me that everything under the sun including the sun causes cancer. You can't even turn on the television anymore without a commercial asking if you have these symptoms and prescribing you this specific brand of medication to deal with it!

Facts state that nearly everything you do is unhealthy. Hell, even typing at the computer too long can cause carpel tunnel and bad posture!

I've been watching the fanpop debates with interest, and participating in them. And it seems that the argument "it's unhealthy" or "it's dangerous" comes up often enough. And I'm not saying those aren't completely valid arguments! Of course, on the whole, you shouldn't be going out and doing unhealthy/dangerous things. But if we avoided all the unhealthy/dangerous things in life, A) life would be boring and B) you would have absolutely nothing to do.

Do you drive to work in the morning? What if you get in an accident? Are you going to stop driving to work?
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Opinion by kateliness2 posted over a year ago
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Young Abolitionist
    In most people’s minds, April 8th 2002 was a day like any other. But on that day Ray Krone was released from death row in Arizona. DNA evidence had proven him innocent of the 1991 murder of a bartender in Phoenix. Mr. Krone was special because he was the 100th person released from death row since 1973 after new evidence had proven him innocent (“A Question of Innocence”). Throughout many years, the death penalty has been a controversial issue that calls into question a number of factors. The death penalty is ineffective at deterring criminals, keeping costs down and granting true justice.
    Many people believe that it is more expensive to keep criminals in jail than to put them to death. However, evidence proves this untrue. In a criminal justice system examination in Texas, the results concluded that, on average, the cost of putting someone to death in their state was about $2.3 million. Florida spends around $3.2 million on each execution. North Carolina usually squanders over $2.2 million for each prisoner sentenced to death. Yet, the average cost of keeping someone in a maximum security prison for 80 years,...
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Opinion by nonames posted over a year ago
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I have never been a fan of president bashing. I don't care who's the president, whether a republican or a democrat, i have never liked it. Yes, it can be funny, but as a whole i think it ruins the unity of America. I think it tears apart our appearance of strength as a nation, and i think our enemies, who ever they may be (im not implying a specific enemy, but american does have its share) see this hatred of our president, and are stronger because of it. A divided country falls, a united country lives on.

I remember EXACTLY where i was September 11 and exactly what happened that day. I was a freshmen in high school. Before school, i walked sleepily out of my room to the kitchen where my mom was watching the news. I saw a plane fly in to a building. i wasn't shocked, but wondered what was going on. That morning at school, before first period, everyone was joking around about how stupid the pilot was. then random classmates would join, providing a little more information here and there. no one really knew what was going on. it was time for first period, my math class, and for once the tv was turned on. After hearing what had really happened, i was in total shock and...
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Opinion by swedezilla posted over a year ago
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I have a beautiful, intelligent, wellbehaved 13 year old daughter. She's never been in trouble in school. Her teachers love her. Her only "problem" is that she has her own style, and have had it ever since she was a toddler. She never liked the color pink or played with dolls. She love punkmusic and rock. She paint, read and play guitar. She wants to be a child psychologist when she grow up. She love school.
Now to the problem. My daughter came home from school the other week and told me she got detention. She has to stay in detention for 2 weeks during lunchbreak. Why? Because she have blue highlights in her hair. Highlights I gave her permission to do. Hell, I'd give her permission to get a green mohican if she wanted to. The only thing I wouldn't let her do is pierce any part of her body or get a tattoo, but apparently, it's not up to me as a parent to decide what my child is allowed to do anymore. It's the schools right to decide things like that.
A few days ago we recieved a newsletter from school, reminding parents how to cut the boys hair. Not too long or too short. They even suggested what settings on the hairtrimmer you should use.
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Opinion by blisslikethis posted over a year ago
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I've tailored an essay I wrote for a Sustainability class last year in order to respond to some of the issues that have come up in debate in the last few weeks about vegetarianism. Because this issue is so vast, I've chosen to split the article into two parts. The first will focus on human health and the evironment, and the second on ethics.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
- Albert Einstein

    Raising livestock for human consumption has innumerable ramifications on the environment and to human health. Livestock is responsible for the consumption of huge amounts of land, water, and resources, as well as the production of vast amounts of waste and pollution. Furthermore, the correlation between meat consumption and various diseases has been well documented - proving vegetarians to be healthier and have longer life spans. Thus, questioning how much meat you eat and reducing your consumption will not only significantly reduce your ecological footprint, but may improve your health, prevent against disease, and improve the...
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Opinion by DarkSarcasm posted over a year ago
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Pamela Anderson goes PETA.
Originally submitted for school on December 6, 2006.

PETA – Is It Really Ethical?

Who would think twice about questioning the motive of a nonprofit animal-loving organization with the word “ethical” in its title? The word “ethical” usually refers to someone who is doing the right thing. After all, who wouldn’t want to treat animals ethically?

I sat behind an avid PETA supporter one year in my high school English class. PETA, as I was later informed, was an acronym for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and was an organization dedicated to saving animals and promoting veganism. Hardly a day went by that this girl wasn’t talking about that oh-so-wonderful organization, or passing out leaflets, catalogues, and stickers. Early on, I didn’t care or know much about this organization, but it got harder and harder to ignore the countless leaflets shoved under my nose. Finally, one day when I ran out of things to do, I decided to look through one of the ever present PETA catalogues. I wasn’t very impressed; it seemed to me that it was a pathetic attempt to make money. The catalogue was filled...
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Opinion by greekthegeek posted over a year ago
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Islam Rejects Terrorism

"Do not destroy one another" (4:29)

"Do not take any human being's life- the life which God had declared saved" (6:151)

"If anyone killed a human being it shall be as though he had killed all mankind;whereas if anyone saved a life it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind" (5:32)

"Do not act wickedly on earth by spreading coruption" (2:60)

Islam Teaches Tolerace

"Those who follow the Jewish faith, and the Christians, all who believe in God and the Last Day and do righteous deeds- shall have their rewards with their sustainer; and no fear need they have and neither shall they grieve" (2:62)

"Every community faces a direction of its own, of which He is the focul point. Vie, therefore, with one another is doing good works." (2:62)

Say: "O followers of earlier revelation! Come unto that treat which we and you hold in common; that we shall worship none but God." (3:64)
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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I ask this because the word seems to be confusing people.

To me, marriage is the public declaration and legal recognition of love between two people. When I get married it is so I can commit to my spouse and give myself over to him (?) wholeheartedly. It will be when we are seen by the state as, essentially, one person, with the same assets. It will be when we are seen but the state as family. It will be when I want to celebrate my undying love for the person I have fallen head over heals for.

It will not be a religious event.

Although, if I was religious, it definitely would be. I'm sure I would want religion to be a part of one of the most important moments of my life.

The fact of the matter is, to plenty of people, marriage is a declaration of love, sure, but it's also like asking God's permission to be physically intimate. In some of the arguments I've seen, I feel like getting married is like turning twenty-one. Except instead of suddenly being allowed to drink, you're allowed to have sex. I'm sorry if I offended anyone. I respect those who believe that marriage is a religious union between two people (man and...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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I was hanging out in the drama lounge of Hutchinson Hall over at the UW one day, waiting for my class, when a classmate, and drama/chid double major (CHID stands for Comparative History of Ideas) came storming into the room and threw down her bag.

I said to her, "What's wrong?"

She replied, "I cannot believe that they have actually declared this week link"

I frowned, curious, having never heard of this before, but my jaw slowly dropped as she explained what was going on around campus.

"The Muslim Students Organization have had link! Ann Coulter is actually going to come to our campus to give a speech about how the liberals are using universities to brainwash America's youth, and how universities are a breeding ground for Islamic terrorists."
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Opinion by x-Kissez-x posted over a year ago
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Okay, if you're a devout Catholic, and are determined to stay that way, look away now. I am an atheist. I believe nothing. But if I were to be anything, I would be a protestant. I say this because from where I am standing, the Roman Catholic church is a con. A way of making money and an attempt to take over the world. If you think about it, Catholics see it as though there are two types of people between them and "God" if that's is the correct term. Firstly, there are Preists. Is it right to think that because you have read the bible and you wear a robe, that you are closer to "God", and above the people? Then there is the Pope. So, he wear's a pointy hat. Does that mean Catholics should answer to him. Think, "they" say that if you abort a child, you are not a true Catholic. I wonder why that is? It's because you would be limiting the amount of new possible Catholics. Before Henry the Eighth, not that I agree with many of his decisions, but everyone was a Catholic. Without a choice. It was pay the pope or go to hell. They put the fear of "God" (LITERALLY) into the people. They messed with peoples heads. Some even tortured themselves as a sacrifice so they wouldn't go to hell. How...
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Opinion by tvman posted over a year ago
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There are a lot of things that are in the world today that are right. Wars are going on in the world, Africa is a mostly poor nation, and Global Warming exists. What was that last one, Global Warming exists? Yes, but not to the extent that the United States government and the media want you to believe. Now you’re probably thinking, why would the US government tell such a lie. Why would they get some of the top rated scientists in the world to agree with them, and why are there not more scientist speaking out about this elaborate hoax. This article will explain the reason why Global Warming is happening, and why the truth that is more convenient than you might think.

Is the Earth heating up? (See image at bottom)

Yes it is true the earth is heating up, but it is by no fault of our own. When traced back to our earth’s history you can see that the earth has had a lot of periods in its history where it has been either hot or cold. The earth is also like a volcano, and every hundreds of years it goes in either the hot or cold direction. In this case this is just a time when it is getting hotter, and when looked back even further, you can see that...
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Opinion by MajorDork74 posted over a year ago
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Explaining What Makes America Great and Why We Must Protect It!

RUSH: Okay. Folks, let me get (for me on a Friday) a little serious here for a moment. I've had conversations in recent days, weeks, with liberals. Every time I mention this to you, I get, "Why are you hanging around them?" Well, you can't avoid 'em, and I'm not afraid of them. I like engaging them sometimes, because these people, many of them are just following a script. They've got their template, their narrative, and life is very compartmentalized and if something doesn't fit the little cocoon that they've woven for themselves to live in, if you can penetrate that cocoon, you can blow 'em up, you can cause them all kinds of problems. The mind starts working. I was talking to a couple people this week, and they couldn't get off of Iraq. "Iraq, it's a horrible country. We've lost our reputation in the world. We're losing in Iraq, and there was no reason to go there. Saddam wasn't a threat to us," blah, blah, blah, blah. I'm listening to it, and all of the attempts that I made to try to explain strategically why,...
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Opinion by MajorDork74 posted over a year ago
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How does God speak to you?
Behind the minute laws and rules of a book like Leviticus, are principles which hint at what God is like. He is a Holy God who must be taken seriously. People of that time (and a lot of today's people) had the habit of inventing and discarding gods as they felt like it. God declares that He alone is the true God, worthy of all worship. In one sense what God ultimately demands -- OBEDIENCE -- has not changed since Old Testament days. But God teaches the Israelites much as a parent must teach a young child -- with dozens of clearly spelled-out rules.
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Opinion by MajorDork74 posted over a year ago
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Such terrific guidelines for life!
Spiritual Examples

Genesis contains accounts of many characters who tried to follow God. The Bible never glosses over human mistakes nor pretends the godly way is easy. It exposes the wrinkles and flaws of God's people. Of the chief characters in Genesis, Adam is the first sinner, Abraham lies to protect himself, and Jacob is a conniver. Yet God works through their frailty to teach them, and us, about himself. People like Joseph give us sterling examples of how to avoid temptations and concentrate on what really counts in life.


How God Works

God can seem unpredictable from our limited human perspective. For example, consider his promise to Abraham to create a great nation from his descendants. A very excited Abraham waits year after year until he finally concludes his wife is sterile. After 25 years of discouragement, he bypasses God's plan and fathers an illegitimate child. Abraham missed God's lesson of trust: that when He makes a promise He will fulfill it, even when all the odds are against it. Even so, through a miracle, God does finally allow Abraham's wife to give birth to the...
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Opinion by MajorDork74 posted over a year ago
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Do you have the patience?
In the Old Testament God begins with a single couple, Adam and Eve. He puts them in a perfect world with certain rules to obey. They flunk! The first eleven chapters of Genesis mostly record one failure after another. God punishes Adam and Eve, destroys the world with a massive flood, and smashes a misguided rebellion at the tower of Babel.
God reaches down and selects a man named Abraham, to whom He gives some extraordinary promises. He promises that Abraham's descendants will some day become as numerous as sand on a beach, and that they will grow to become a mighty nation with their own land. Thus God focuses in on one particular set of people, the Jews.
From Genesis on, most of the Old Testament concerns the Jews. Have you ever wondered why our Bible contains so much meticulous detail on the history and culture of the Jews? They have always been a key part of God's plan to prepare the world for the coming of Christ! God has a special role for the Jewish race to play in history, and so He carefully works with them.
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Opinion by MajorDork74 posted over a year ago
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You do not have to read too far into the Bible to see it is unlike any other book out there. It is not a tightly-woven story like a novel, or a systematic list like a textbook. It includes a diverse batch of styles: poetry, history, sermons, dramatic stories, and letters.
Some people dip right into specific books like Leviticus or 1 Chronicles and soon give up in confusion. They do not understand why such material is important to them. To appreciate what God is saying to us, it's important to know the whole sweep of the Bible.
In the 1st place, the Bible is not one book -- it's an entire library, a collection of separate books written on rolled-up scrolls by many authors. Until 100 years after Jesus Christ came, no one had a complete set of all the books in the Bible.
The remarkable thing is that a collection of books written over 1500 years by dozens of different authors would have as much unity as the Bible has. The parts fit together, and God's plan of saving man makes sense as you read through it. (Imagine a book begun in the 10th Century - 500 years before Columbus - which was just finished in the 1970's. How do...
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Fan fiction by Cinders posted over a year ago
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This is an excerpt from a not-so-short story I wrote a while back (Kegel, you ought to recognize it pretty fast). The character of Simon is heavily based on a man I met randomly at my college one year, and the views expressed echo some of his thoughts almost exactly. The story about the girls and the bar and getting kicked out is a true story he told me. Anyways, I just thought I'd share that opinion here, for the sake of perspective.

From Salam (Rated PG-13-- you've been warned)

Simon held his breath before letting out a long sigh. “Before I went overseas, I can’t say I was much unlike our dead friend over there,” Simon admitted. “I mean, I didn’t think they were all terrorists, and I was polite to them and all, but… I’d cross the street when I’d see an Arab walking up, or I’d be nervous when two of them might speak in Arabic around me because I didn’t know what they were saying. It’s the little racisms that we often aren’t even aware of. It’s in all of us. And sometimes, you just can’t help it.”
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Opinion by educatedquest posted over a year ago
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While writing linkI became fascinated by school boards. I had been to school board meetings before the book was in my mind. They were meetings that were not too different from the one I described in fiction. They took place during the late 1970’s, at the height of a three-week teacher’s strike.

As a high school senior, I thought that the teachers were foolish for walking out on their students. I had the union president as a teacher; she used post-strike class time to pontificate the union position—and I resented it. I felt that I was being used to carry the union’s message to my parents.

As an adult reading the accounts of those public meetings 30 years later, I realized that the school board was undistinguished in their conduct. They terminated the contract of a superintendent of schools—and paid him while he searched for a new job. They entered into contract negotiations without a superintendent to help, and paid $100,000 for legal counsel to avoid a strike. They got one anyway. The board was publicly humiliated in a public meeting. The teachers were humiliated when they were...
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