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SilentLoner

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SilentLoner last won the day on February 28 2016

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  • Birthday 09/16/1987

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    Former catholic, anime fan and sarcastic daydreamer.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    No gods. Just a solitary Semi-Pagan Athiest

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  1. So...the logical thing to do is to vote for a conservative candidate (because conservatives never force their ideas on others) who waging a pretty literal war on the press? Solid. Reducing the complexity of politics down to a false dichotomy and tossing in reductio ad absurdum for good measure. Excellent work, SilentLoner. What exactly is the false dichotomy here? Do elaborate. And mind the fallacist's fallacy, RedneckProfessor.
  2. So...the logical thing to do is to vote for a conservative candidate (because conservatives never force their ideas on others) who waging a pretty literal war on the press? Solid.
  3. That newspaper clipping is from a Scottish newspaper. Dunno if that's what you call the left, but I don't know why it would be hard to see that a narcissist who has surrounded himself with right wing christian fanatics might be bad news....
  4. Its a pretty weak comparison. Domesticated animals like pigs are bred for eating, and killing them for food =/= making them suffer for amusement. Tigers are wild animals and should not be used for entertainment. I was at a circus that did something similar to this and even as a kid I knew it was horrifying. No, it's not. It only goes to show that you haven't thought twice about how the food industry works. Why is the tiger worth more consideration? Because it's cute? Endangered? In principal, there's no difference as far as I can see. Actually I know a lot about the food industry practices and have taken issue with it in the past. Tigers are, like I said, wild, not eaten, and ENDANGERED. Its really not that hard to figure out. Not sure why you're having difficulties with it.
  5. Expect more cases like this as religious fanatics continue to make laws to close abortion clinics and defund Planned Parenthood. As it is, 96 percent of Tennessee's counties have no abortion clinic.
  6. A lot of abortions are due to failed birth control. Plus a lot of people I know in the south are desperate to leave the hellholes (their words, not mine) but can't afford to do so.
  7. Its a pretty weak comparison. Domesticated animals like pigs are bred for eating, and killing them for food =/= making them suffer for amusement. Tigers are wild animals and should not be used for entertainment. I was at a circus that did something similar to this and even as a kid I knew it was horrifying.
  8. It looks like Zuckerberg might be gearing up for a political run. Which makes his renouncing atheism (sadly enough) make sense. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularvoices/2017/01/04/the-likely-reason-zuckerberg-denounced-atheism-hint-not-daughter/
  9. My husband's grandparents started smoking in their teenage years. They both quit in their 80's for some reason. He died in his 90's and she will be 100 in March. There will always be anecdotal oddballs like that, but clearly the vast majority of lung cancer cases are with smokers, as well as bladder cancer, which my husband's father had (he has tried to quit smoking multiple times and has pretty much given up ever succeeding. Unfortunately, he did not inherit his parents' amazing resiliency). Interesting that nicotine has that effect on UC. Is it actually smoking that has that effect or just the nicotine? There are other ways to get nicotine into your system besides smoking. Its the nicotine, which has a slightly inhibiting effect on the immune system (UC is actually called a "non-smokers disease"). People with psoriasis have reported good results with smoking too. There's research into more direct ways, but nothing solid yet. Studies with nicotine patches have shown mixed results, and not many people like to use nicotine gum due to side effects like headaches. I'm hoping they come up with something soon.
  10. Both my parents smoked for 40+ years and never had any ill health effects (so far) as a result. They started back in their teens when it wasn't well known how dangerous it was. Obviously that's not the norm, to come out relatively unharmed, but why would that be a fair basis to deny medical care? In my case, smoking cigarettes would arguably be a good thing. I have an immune disorder (ulcerative colitis) that can be put into remission by smoking. Not kidding, the nicotine has an effect on it. I don't smoke (tried for a bit, didn't like it and never got addicted). But if I did, to help my condition, suddenly I wouldn't qualify for medical treatment?
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