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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Political Change In The UK.

Posted: Yesterday, 2:44 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 264


Am i misremembering? When Blair and Brown were PM I remember them being on the left side of the house from the speakers perspective - i e. the same side Labour sit in opposition. But Starmer today was speaking from the right side, where the Tories usually sit. Is that normal? Is my memory just wron...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: New, Terrifying, Bipartisan Bill

Posted: 11 Jun 2024, 6:02 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 1,382


This doesn't make it illegal to criticise Israeli policy. Rather, it makes criticism of Israel that targets it for its Jewishness antisemitic. While I agree that applying a different standard to a Jewish state than to other is antisemitic, I'm not sure that's relevant in the context of discriminatio...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: National Service

 Post subject: Re: National Service
Posted: 29 May 2024, 1:20 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 1,486


It's a half-baked idea. There are some European nations that have conscription. They can be divided into three categories: - countries that border Russia, or are Russia - countries that are, or until recently were, neutral, and therefore responsible for their own defence - Greece and Cyprus (half of...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: So you know global warming....

Posted: 29 May 2024, 12:46 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 885


The big dispute comes down to the idea of human influenced global warming. Pretty much everyone will admit that the climate changes, it's done so since the beginning of the planet, but how much is human activity impacting it? I'd say not much as Mars is experiencing the same measure of warming that...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: You may be a Liberal if...

Posted: 08 May 2024, 5:29 pm 

Replies: 68
Views: 3,275


Additionally, talk of wanting to "eliminate" people, without further context, can easily be read as supporting violent eradication. Be very careful when using that sort of language. Not only can it leave people feeling threatened, it could be construed as evidence for both individuals and ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: UK Smoking Ban

 Post subject: Re: UK Smoking Ban
Posted: 19 Apr 2024, 6:19 am 

Replies: 37
Views: 1,790


Personally, I wish for one of two things: 1. An immediate global ban on all tobacco and tobacco products.  No exceptions and no excuses. 2. Someone would develop a bio-weapon that would target only the tobacco plant; either rendering it sterile, removing its ability to produce nicotine, or killing ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Term "Antisemitism"

 Post subject: Re: The Term "Antisemitism"
Posted: 18 Apr 2024, 11:09 am 

Replies: 29
Views: 1,615


bee33 wrote:
I don't know of any pro-Palestinian protesters and supporters who are advocating for the slaughter of Jews. That's why what you wrote is inappropriate and inflammatory and I feel you should take it back.

Hamas are calling for the slaughter of Israeli Jews, as are Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: UK Smoking Ban

 Post subject: Re: UK Smoking Ban
Posted: 17 Apr 2024, 5:18 pm 

Replies: 37
Views: 1,790


Weren't they set to try it in New Zealand? Don't know the exact reasons why they dropped it. I think it had something to do with lobbying, pressure and threats from tobacco companies. It was because it was a bad idea. There were three components to their plan: 1) removing nicotine from cigarettes t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: False Dx: Up to 70% of dx'd may not actually be autistic?

Posted: 13 Apr 2024, 9:41 am 

Replies: 90
Views: 8,598


I don't want to get too political (this isn't P&P after all), but I suspect that the wave of new diagnoses in the 80's and 90's was brought on by market pressures, to feed a burgeoning "troubled teen industry". Incidentally, the autism "epidemic" seems to be localized entire...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: ADL Says Palestinian Scarf Equals SWASTIKA

Posted: 13 Apr 2024, 8:51 am 

Replies: 40
Views: 2,475


Whether "Zionism" is genocidal depends upon one's definition. I'm sorry but if you find yourself having to nit-pick over the technical definition of genocide, then I have to say that doesn't inspire very much confidence in your arguments. Zionism is, by definition, predicated on the displ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: America - The Bipolar Dystopia

Posted: 13 Apr 2024, 7:07 am 

Replies: 68
Views: 7,686


Nineteen Eighty-Four is not supposed to be an instruction manual.

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Add Demigirl/Demiboy to the options here

Posted: 09 Apr 2024, 1:12 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 3,838


Apologies for late response. For a long time we were stuck with just the two options. When we got a second, more active admin a couple of years ago, he realised he could add the NB option. I don't think we're likely to go further, because there are a lot of different ways to conceptualise the gender...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: America - The Bipolar Dystopia

Posted: 09 Apr 2024, 8:35 am 

Replies: 68
Views: 7,686


I'm on the record as saying: - presidents, while better than monarchs, are still stupid, and should be replaced with Parliamentary systems with less concentration of power in a single individual. - proportional representation is better than winner-take-all systems (which is the main reason President...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What are the advantages of dictatorships

Posted: 08 Apr 2024, 12:13 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 1,524


They tend to be good for the dictator.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: ADL Says Palestinian Scarf Equals SWASTIKA

Posted: 08 Apr 2024, 12:12 pm 

Replies: 40
Views: 2,475


Hamas disagree. They explicitly want to wipe out Israeli Jews. Frankly, I don't care what Hamas thinks. That doesn't make every Israeli Jew a Zionist. But the point is that when Hamas chant "death to the Zionists" they don't mean "death to everyone who thinks Israel should be majorit...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: America - The Bipolar Dystopia

Posted: 08 Apr 2024, 10:07 am 

Replies: 68
Views: 7,686


There's more to politics than just "are you a capitalist, yes or no?" Surely any leftist can appreciate that not all anti-capitalists are the same. Jesus, Sanders, Kropotkin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Allende, Strasser, Ustryalov, Bin Laden, they were all anti-capitalist but also (mostly) very ...
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