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  1. Because your parents wanted a baby. That's about the extent of the "why". You are imposing purpose into your existence, but apart form your parents wanting a baby there is no apparent why. Sometimes why questions simply don't make sense. Richard Dawkins on asking why: Yep. We die because of entropy. Embrace it, and live your life to the fullest. (Fullest being whatever that means for you) Exactly! Now you are beginning to understand.
  2. Some nutcase probably did, but it certainly wasn't the Green's as was widely proclaimed by various groups, including the government. See here https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/12/is-there-really-a-green-conspiracy-to-stop-bushfire-hazard-reduction The interesting thing is that people are blaming the Greens for policies that have never been enacted because they've never been in government! The irony on that one! I think I largely agree with you here, but I'm wary of using loaded language like "alarmist" because what I'm noticing these days is
  3. This is best answered by Carl Sagan: As others said, your parents had sex, though that's not necessarily the case these days. Perhaps more accurate to say an egg and a sperm combined to form you. Refer to Carl Sagan's quote above. Time does go fast, but a lot of it is attitude based. Find what you want to do, then go do it. Only the purpose we give ourselves. As far as we can tell there is no God telling you to love him or go to hell. And if there were I would not consider that a purpose -
  4. Having studied the multitude of environmental challenges that face us I think the above statement is a wee bit optimistic. It's not just climate change that presents challenges. Do I think that anything will be as bad as the worst doomsayers say? No, but if we don't clean our act up it will still be bad. I bring glad tidings however. People and business are starting to wake up and take action. Too late or just at the right time? Only time will tell. Strictly speaking, no the fires are not caused by climate change. But climate change does influence the climatic conditions
  5. @Fuego My parents still have this thing where saying "I have x sickness" is confessing to the devil you are sick which then gives the devil an opportunity to make you sicker. Even now when visiting I might say, I feel blah blah, I might have x and mum will say "Oh don't say that" as if saying it will have an effect on whether I have x or not.
  6. This is an interesting topic with some solid informative answers. Should it be moved to the science section?
  7. There is no defense against willful ignorance and or stupidity.
  8. Power mainly. The super mods can do things the general mods cannot. And then there is Admin above all. Think of the hierarchy like this: God > Archangels > Angels.
  9. I read this article in our paper. They were good enough to link the actual study. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-020-1174-4
  10. https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/300107287/perfectly-preserved-ice-age-cave-bear-found-in-arctic-russia
  11. Yes, I'd like to emphasize this. To any new comers reading this, or even old comers (is that a thing?) many of us here are friends, as our mutual friend Mark used to say, "across the miles", and have known each other for years. Thus many of our disagreements, while appearing to be an interwebs slag match is actually just friends and acquaintances disagreeing with each other like one might expect to find around a table at a bar... the forum being the table I guess in the analogy. There are also conversations going on behind the scenes as well. Yes, and as I pointed out, I
  12. Yes. One of the issues I haven't addressed is that suppose a woman gets pregnant (unplanned). She want's the baby, he doesn't. Under current law, she can have the baby, and he has to pay child support (As its called here) until about 18 years of age. So do we need to balance the law? However I see big problems with this - if it is brought in that men don't have to pay if they don't want the baby, then a huge amount of men are suddenly not going to accept father-ship of babies!
  13. Tonight I read what I consider to be one of the best arguments for assisted dying. Hopefully you can read it - sometimes the local herald is inaccessible to non subscribers. http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/column/20200911/care-not-nullified-by-choice/
  14. Welcome back Freed. I honestly don't think you hurt any members here from what I can remember. Sure we disagreed on some things, but that's human nature. I hope you find the freedom you seek. Regards LF
  15. I disagree with all of these points being intellectual dishonesty. I think they are all flaws of thinking (with the exception of the absolute one... that one is interesting) but not necessarily intellectual dishonesty imo. This is merely wishful thinking, not necessarily being dishonest. Again, not dishonest, just wrong. Again, not necessarily intellectually dishonest. (A discussion on absolutes would actually be interesting. Might think about it one day.) This is essentially cognitive dissonance, again not
  16. I'm going to be kind here and say this is disingenous Josh. More whites are shot annually by police? Really? Thats your argument? Come on bud you are smarter than this. Any high school student with a basic statistical knowledge can see what's wrong with this argument. Lets not beat about the block. Its utter horseshit. I should not need to point this out: There are more whites than blacks in the US... like WAY more. So of course more whites as a total will get shot etc as a result of having more absolute population numbers. The total numbers by themselves tell us little
  17. Whoa, a lot of posting going on overnight. I don't have time for an in depth reply to what's been said, so here are some quick thoughts (Literally this is what crossed my mind as I was reading) I think this is a strawman. There might be some who think that the human state can be perfected, but I've never run across them. Most of us "political Progressives/leftists" merely think that we can improve constantly. Isn't this a 'rightist' ideal as well? That an individual should constantly strive to become a better version of themselves? We 'leftists' (and I only mean here in t
  18. Like Disillusioned, I don't know how to fix our current problems, but I do know it requires more thinking than the same ol same ol. But much of the time we seem to want to ignore the fact that a problem even exists... which reminds me of a quote I've heard: The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist. Zig Ziglar
  19. Fake news. How do I know that? President Trump said so. (Off topic... sorry TRP, but a little rant coming about our favorite POTUS. I don't think (Even if he is defeated in the election) that we have seen the totality of the fallout of Trump. Based on my own experience here in NZ, fricking thousands of miles from the US, Trump has changed society and not for the good. People are now less afraid to come out with racist shit and defend it. Any news or science article they don't like is Fake News (TM). We have a party running in this years elections, that I kid you not, is full on tin
  20. One of my concerns with these sort of conversations, (And I have them all the time with my Parents because NZ has similar historical issues with the way the Maori were treated - no where near as bad as African Americans though) is that many people don't seem to grasp how having certain races trampled down for close to 150 years leads to massive inequality. It's at the point that reading some of these posts here make me wonder if we occupy the same reality. Saying everyone has equal rights and equal opportunity now so everything should be fine and dandy is akin to the mythical nonsense like 'pu
  21. Compare the US bumbling response and useless leadership with its private health service compared to, dare I say, NZ and even Australia with our public health service. We don't have your wealth, factories, systems or expertise, but managed to mostly hit Covid on the head with the proverbial brick. You compare the US to many metrics of wellbeing compared to other Western Nations and it's behind in a lot of them. You have the best military I'll give you that. Also it would still be privately run a lot of the time, but funded publicly... so you can have your cake and eat it too perhaps
  22. Not only is Biden not far left, he is actually more of a centrist right-winger, who is basically in the corporations pocket. The only person in the US presidential race that could be considered left was Bernie, and even though he referred to himself as socialist, he wasn't. He's more of a left wing centrist who wanted to bring in some social policies. (Not the same as Socialist). My bet is if you asked US citizens what Socialism and Communisms and Capitalism are, and asked them to differentiate, most would give incorrect answers. The problem in the US is that it is so f
  23. Where's the fun in that? We are bored witless out of our minds, no decent Christian in the lions den, and covid lockdowns seeing many of us with a lot of time and nothing to do.
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