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Society and History / Re: Not-Good Things People Say on the Internet
« Last post by pyro on Today at 02:59:18 pm »
I just generally dislike long, English-language, philosophical arguments. Too much sesquipedalian loquaciousness, and not enough use of actual mathematical proof or scientific experimentation. I mean, how is "if it doesn't exist I cannot talk about it" a valid syllogism? I can talk about my third arm, despite not having one, and I can talk about married bachelors, which cannot exist even in principle.
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Because of course it did
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Classy.
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Cleveland State University just opened its first LGBTQ centre. At the same time, this flyer began popping up around campus:



Fuck you, "Fascist Solutions."

EDIT: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/flier-cleveland-state-university-lgbtq-suicide_us_59e85af3e4b00905bdaec646

Oh, and this flyer? It gets the attempted suicide rate wrong... it's higher than what's claimed there.
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TOO funny, this is how Lady Checkmate was BEFORE she owned a channel and became a moderator:

https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-communitycouncil/mods_continue_abuse_retaliate_against_innocent_cm/

Note the date, 2 years ago.  And here she is complaining about OTHER moderators!  Fast forward even a year to when she became a frothing at the mouth, raging psychobitch and this becomes a hysterical read.

Also:  LOOK!  WELCOME EVERYONE!  COOKIES! TEA!

https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-communitycouncil/concerns_with_moderation/

Wow, a lot can happen when a moderator goes batshit crazy.
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Religion and Philosophy / Re: Christian News Network fundies
« Last post by Jocasta on Today at 10:15:51 am »
Haaaaa...I’m guessing it’s just a LadyCheckmate alt. She’s annoying. Nice to be noticed, but it just makes me laugh.

You aren't the first one to suggest that.  I'm less certain, she expends a LOT of energy disciplining and shrieking at and punishing the people who use her Disqus channels.

Then again, putting people's names she will "pray for" in her own profile reeks of something Checkmate would do.
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Society and History / Re: Not-Good Things People Say on the Internet
« Last post by dpareja on Today at 12:04:59 am »
Proof that souls, God, Jesus, and Heaven all exist!

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The Soul: Back in the 5th century B.C., the philosopher Parmenides persuasively argued that, because it is impossible and absurd for something not to exist (because if it doesn't exist, it isn't something and can't be spoken of)....

Made it that far before my brain said "that is the dumbest fucking thing" and refused to read further.

I'd read further, because he gives his refutation in the next paragraph.

EDIT: In fact, in the next few sentences...

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He proved that, under the basically materialist physical theories of the world that dominated Greek science to that point, the observable universe could only exist as an utterly undifferentiated, eternal, motionless, and changeless infinity of matter. Since this flew in the face of all observable evidence (the world does, in fact, change!), the next several centuries were spent trying to dig physicalism out of the hole Parmenides had pushed it into.

I don't think that refutes the part I quoted.  Also, I read further.  Lots of shifting goal posts, conflation of ideas, typical stuff.  Could probably do a point-by-point refutation but, like most everything, that seems really pointless.

What I told him was that even if I accepted everything he said, I find the Christian god (and indeed monotheistic gods in general) to be so heinous that if one exists, I'm doing everything I can to kill the fucker.
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Society and History / Re: Not-Good Things People Say on the Internet
« Last post by Wurdulac on October 19, 2017, 11:23:14 pm »
Proof that souls, God, Jesus, and Heaven all exist!

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The Soul: Back in the 5th century B.C., the philosopher Parmenides persuasively argued that, because it is impossible and absurd for something not to exist (because if it doesn't exist, it isn't something and can't be spoken of)....

Made it that far before my brain said "that is the dumbest fucking thing" and refused to read further.

I'd read further, because he gives his refutation in the next paragraph.

EDIT: In fact, in the next few sentences...

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He proved that, under the basically materialist physical theories of the world that dominated Greek science to that point, the observable universe could only exist as an utterly undifferentiated, eternal, motionless, and changeless infinity of matter. Since this flew in the face of all observable evidence (the world does, in fact, change!), the next several centuries were spent trying to dig physicalism out of the hole Parmenides had pushed it into.

I don't think that refutes the part I quoted.  Also, I read further.  Lots of shifting goal posts, conflation of ideas, typical stuff.  Could probably do a point-by-point refutation but, like most everything, that seems really pointless.
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Creative Outlets / Re: Niam Writes Horror
« Last post by niam2023 on October 19, 2017, 10:03:45 pm »
(sincerest apologies for the gap between chapters, I've been trying to brainstorm how to undertake the events in this chapter.)

Chapter 4

Patrick and I left the library in short order, Patrick seeming more than a bit on edge. And I really got why he would be on edge - I could smell the tar scent for a moment. It - that horrible dog-thing - was watching us, observing our fruitless attempt to find anything that might lead to a discovery of some sinister information.

I gathered that based on what Pat's mom said that something had indeed happened, but "nothing we needed to know about" lent an air that said whatever this was, was something too gruesome to tell a kid, or too scandalous.

On our way out, we ran into a pair of kids from our school, who, going by some of their scars and the presence of a cast on the taller of the two's arm, had their own adventures with this horrifying phenomena. They were apprehensive due to the presence of Patrick, but after seeing nothing happen immediately, they were more keen to introduce themselves.

The taller of the two and the evident leader was a frizzy red haired, green eyed boy named Finn whose family apparently moved here from Ireland. He explained shortly after his introduction, "So...we got attacked, me and Davey here, by this horrible dog creature. Had all kinds of maggots on it, squirming animal bits...horrible, man...horrible."

Davey was evidently hyperventilating remembering it, and I helped calm him down, putting a hand on his shoulder. Davey was a dark haired, pale skinned sixth grader with an extraordinary number of honors classes at school, but held back only due to his anxiety. I'd seen him at school having his panic attacks, and it seemed really bad...this was definitely not something he needed in his life right now. Davey's slate blue eyes were always looking around, as if searching for that horrid creature.

Finn explained further on their encounter, "We were just walking home when the thing attacked us. Said our families had transgressed and we needed to die to appease "the blood debt"."

This was news to me.

It seemed to say stuff about sins and such when it attacked me.

Patrick stated, crossing his arms in front of his chest, "...it also mentioned sins when it attacked us. Said I had sins on my head and hands. Seems we got a judgmental monster."

Davey sighed, and replied, "...well, there is one thing I've noticed. Finn...?" He looked at Finn as if asking permission to say something, to which he got an affirmative nod, "Finn and I...our parents both previously aborted before having us..."

Patrick seemed to realize something and his eyes visibly widened, "I-I uh, I do remember seeing something on my mom's desk. Same story - my mom aborted before having me. She never told me the whole story, just that she and my dad weren't ready to have a kid yet and so it just happened." He did know however that was far from the whole story, and there were quite a few holes.

Patrick also only just managed to stop himself from commenting that he kinda wished he could've seen "what came out".

I was absolutely astounded - all of them had stories related to abortion in their families, and the monster seemed to be going after everyone that was involved in what was deemed a sinful act, even though we were just kids who happened to be born after the act.

Slowly, I started to wonder - my mom and dad were very keen on not telling me much family history, and if the monster really, really wanted to go after me - scratching at my door, ordering Patrick after me - did it know...about how I was?

I'd long suspected it, but I was afraid of being treated like a freak for it. Not only was this monster a horrifying abomination, it seemed to have in its head it was some scourge of a higher power based on what we knew.

I said, "...well, I'll ask mom and dad about my family, look around a bit. We need to find out what this thing is, and how we could fight it."

Davey looked a bit scared by the very idea, "D-Dude! Fight it? How do we do that? We're kids!"

Patrick replied, "...and we're the only ones in a position to DO shit. Nobody else seems to notice it, all our parents are constantly going to and from work, and we don't even know if they can see the monster. Like it or not, Dave, it falls to us."

I was a bit impressed by Patrick's attitude, and suppressed a blush.

Finn stated, "...alright, I'm in. Lets meet up at the baseball court outside the school tomorrow. Figure out a plan and how to fight this thing. Stay safe and don't go running off..." He then also took out some paper and we shared phone numbers, just to make sure we could get in touch in case of emergency.

Could this be some sort of fellowship? A gathering, to defeat an enemy?

I wanted to believe in that.

As Davey and Finn went off to go home for the day, Patrick put a hand on my shoulder, "Before we go back to your place, Billy, there's...something I wanted to say."

I looked back at him and said, "Yeah? What is it?"

Patrick really seemed to struggle with what he basically whispered to me, "...I really think I may be into you."
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The Lounge / Re: Things That Annoy You
« Last post by niam2023 on October 19, 2017, 09:33:16 pm »
Rather annoyed I discovered fitness too late to get involved with a football team.

...could've played on the same team as my personal trainer.
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