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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Reply personal responsibility is a crock: here is why

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 12:58 pm 

Replies: 95
Views: 1,069


Capitalism assumes everyone has the same abilities in life to make a go of it. Then when it's proven wrong, they blame the individual. However, you can make the decisions 'to the best of your ability' with your disabilities, opportunities in life, discrimination factors and finances in mind. This t...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Reply personal responsibility is a crock: here is why

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 1:59 am 

Replies: 95
Views: 1,069


Dave Ramsey is good stuff. Personal responsibility in student loans just means I signed the papers, I took the money, I earned the degree. I agreed to pay it back. Dave Ramsey focuses on the debtor, not those who issue the debt, and I do think it’s worth considering at least philosophically. Ramsey,...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Grand Conspiracy

 Post subject: Re: The Grand Conspiracy
Posted: 26 Nov 2020, 10:55 am 

Replies: 28
Views: 1,452


Citing people familiar with CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision, the report alleged he changed the platform’s algorithm following the 2020 election to highlight outlets like CNN, NPR and The New York Times, which “resulted in a spike in visibility” for the “big, mainstream publishers.” The change report...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: The ideology of "50/50" in relationships.

Posted: 12 Nov 2020, 12:32 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 1,603


I wish my ex-wife had paid 50/50 of all the bills had done only 50/50 of all the psychological abuse had told only 50/50 of the lies and had only committed 50/50 of the violent assaults in the marriage (her percentage was 100/0 on that one) and received at least 50/50 of the abuse back by others wh...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: The ideology of "50/50" in relationships.

Posted: 12 Nov 2020, 12:03 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 1,603


I think intimacy is often weaponized, and I think that's just wrong. Reward, yes. Consolation/comfort, yes. Withholding it to punish your mate? Always a bad idea. I think 50/50 is just a way for someone else to get what they want at the expense of someone else. You can always put in your fair share ...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: The ideology of "50/50" in relationships.

Posted: 09 Nov 2020, 10:00 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 1,603


Fnord I think expressed it best. First of all, compromise is not a desirable thing. Compromise is just a way for people to settle for less than they want while giving up more than they want. Everyone loses something in a compromise. I think my wife and I are about as close to a real 50/50 as you’re ...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: I think my girlfriend might be pregnant

Posted: 31 Oct 2020, 11:42 pm 

Replies: 296
Views: 9,679


Retro, we’re only just past 2 months now. We got this! Phoebe talks in her sleep. All. Night. Long. Best Friend just switched her over to cloth diapers and absolutely LOVES them. I like that it’s cheaper than disposables. Best Friend also wants another baby. Typical. :roll: I’m just looking forward ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: It's bad in this place

 Post subject: Re: It's bad in this place
Posted: 30 Oct 2020, 3:42 pm 

Replies: 29
Views: 1,364


A Catholic/clerical version of the communist party seems a contradiction in terms. No wonder they are unpopular with so many Poles. This kind of ostracism always frightens me. I never know who is next on the list. (This is a childhood fear; my parents were friends with people who still had numbers ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Grand Conspiracy

 Post subject: Re: The Grand Conspiracy
Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 12:26 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 1,452


I'm not a fan of conspiracy theories. I tend to avoid that kind of thing. But I do happen to agree with you when it comes to recent censorship. I know a doctor who has seen COVID-19 patients who made a short post on FB about early detection and treatment, saying that by addressing the various sympto...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Grand Conspiracy

 Post subject: Re: The Grand Conspiracy
Posted: 20 Oct 2020, 12:30 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 1,452


We hear stories about how police break down doors and point guns at Christians meeting in underground churches. Nobody gets sent to re-education camps, however, because local governments are well aware of what would happen if they tried to purge underground Christianity. As long as my Chinese-made ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Is it possible for Trump to remove the mayors on grounds...

Posted: 20 Oct 2020, 6:54 am 

Replies: 36
Views: 1,143


The short answer is no, the President doesn't have the authority to remove mayors. He doesn't even have the authority to send troops into these areas. It's up to the people who live there as to whether that can happen. The problem is that governors and mayors are elected officials who make decisions...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Grand Conspiracy

 Post subject: Re: The Grand Conspiracy
Posted: 19 Oct 2020, 5:30 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 1,452


Ok, so take a huge country like China. The problem there is that you have literally billions of people, billions of minds you have to somehow control. China’s main problem in making progress is that a China’s government has worked it out so that people’s lives aren’t really so bad. Individuals actua...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Grand Conspiracy

 Post subject: Re: The Grand Conspiracy
Posted: 19 Oct 2020, 12:37 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 1,452


Well, you’re not going to get an actual Orwellian society because in the most practical terms it’s too unlikely you’ll be able to maintain a lie in a grand enough scale to gain universal acceptance by the Outer Party and the Proles. It’s just not a feasible system, not even for the most die-hard com...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Capitalism relies on survival of the fittest for businesses

Posted: 16 Oct 2020, 4:18 am 

Replies: 48
Views: 1,558


Regulation hurts small business more than big business. Where did you get the claim from? I live in EU, which tends to be overregulated even for my taste. When, because of covid, people en masse switched to online shopping, I was very surprised that in US everyone relied on Amazon - here, myriads o...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: How are aristocratic privileges "fair"/"just"?

Posted: 15 Oct 2020, 8:39 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 770


Aristocracy is an efficient way to transfer knowledge and skill of leadership from one generation to the next. I like it. . I have heard this before. If the Roman empire persisted till now we would be already having space colonies on Mars with giant enclosed colosseums and temples dedicated to Jupi...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: How are aristocratic privileges "fair"/"just"?

Posted: 15 Oct 2020, 6:29 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 770


Aristocracy is an efficient way to transfer knowledge and skill of leadership from one generation to the next. I like it. The main problem I see with it is that being born into a leadership position or role doesn't automatically mean the firstborn will want to do it or even be effective. Another iss...
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