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    Re: The NBA is FAB-U-LOUS!

    I think maybe our discrepancy in interpreting this event is due to different readings of it. Is it your position that the double standard exists because Jason Collins can have a press conference...
  2. Re: Mind Trapped by: Benghazi, Obama, and the media.

    I do think that this would receive a lot more attention if it was the Bush administration- there's really no two ways about that. This incident would fit a lot more snuggly in the media narrative of...
  3. Re: Can (or indeed should) Mental Conditions Be Treated With Medicine?

    If you have had no relapses for several years but then do have one 3 months after stopping medication, I don't see how the conclusion that medication played a role in relapse prevention is some kind...
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    Re: The NBA is FAB-U-LOUS!

    there is a contradiction in this position, at least in regards to how I am reading it:

    your argument is that if someone puts their sexuality in the public discourse, then they should expect public...
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    Re: Die, Die, Die, Diversity

    I do see where you are coming from, but I still think that the school aiming for neutrality is the appropriate course. Sure, kids do spend a lot of their time and socialization in public schools, but...
  6. Re: 2 issues in the gay marriage debate that I have not seen discussed

    I pretty much agree with you here. I think we both have reasonable arguments for our positions and have communicated them to each other well. So with that, I think our discussion has come to a pretty...
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    Re: Do you have free will? Go on, do you?

    Thread moved to Formal Discussion
  8. Re: 2 issues in the gay marriage debate that I have not seen discussed

    I suppose at this point it comes down to how we view the USA, as primarily a cultural entity or one of laws. I think that culturally is better, since if we want to know what America is becoming, we...
  9. Re: Can (or indeed should) Mental Conditions Be Treated With Medicine?

    Zorak-


    1) You didn't address the phenomena of going off medication, being fairly successful at management for a period of time (3 months or so), and then having to go back on.
    2) What about...
  10. Re: 2 issues in the gay marriage debate that I have not seen discussed

    For one thing, Brokeback Mountain was a pretty significant moment in gay acceptance in US culture. Some people saw it, some people made fun of it. The people who saw it said it was really good and...
  11. Re: Help me understand myself some...if you can.

    Someguy,

    I would really encourage you to see a psychologist. It's not that I think you are some desperate case or anything, but you are clearly an intelligent person with a keen interest in...
  12. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    well this really doesn't address my point at all, now does it?


    Or is this one of those "solutions" that is actually just a veiled attempt to make everyone live the way you think they ought to..?
  13. Re: Can (or indeed should) Mental Conditions Be Treated With Medicine?

    There are a lot of different classes of antidepressants, which kind were being studied here?



    I can't tell if you mean that medication helps end the "acute psychotic spell" or that medication...
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    Re: Peacekeepers need to change

    Robertmartin:

    Your problem with the UN peacekeepers might be due in part to a misdunderstanding of their function. You say that the peacekeepers are sent to "solve" things, but that is not...
  15. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "act as though they are sending their child to a babysitter for work." Also, what about single-parent households?
  16. Re: Mind Trapped by: Public education, why I think it should fail.

    Allowing public schools to fail would be disastrous. Homeschooling is a luxury most parents do not have as both need to work to pay the bills. If public schools fail then their children will have no...
  17. Re: 2 issues in the gay marriage debate that I have not seen discussed

    The cultural norm is more than just one person stays at home, it is that the woman stays at home. Your original claim was that "laws define societal norms and culture," not that they aid them. It...
  18. Re: Why I believe homosexuality is morally wrong.

    Talthas

    Your post is very extensive, and there is no way for me to tackle it all at once, so I will bring about a single objection at a time for discussion and then move on.

    I encourage anyone...
  19. Re: 2 issues in the gay marriage debate that I have not seen discussed

    "update" as in making the legal definition of marriage more in line with cultural ideals. Judging by the rest of your post I think we agree with each other.
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    Re: Welcome New Staff

    I guess I should change my name to "ContentInHisPositionFist"...
  21. Re: 2 issues in the gay marriage debate that I have not seen discussed

    I disagree with this. Laws do not define societal norms or culture. It is the sociocultural norm for women to be the parent to stay home and raise a kid. That is not a law. It is the sociocultural...
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    Re: Die, Die, Die, Diversity

    Public school is only a single component of the public community. Not promoting a certain religious holiday in a school does not mean that celebrations cannot take place in the community. In other...
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    Re: ODN needs you!

    the cigar is the collective goal of positive discourse, the exhaled smoke that fills the air is the atmosphere of enlightenment that it creates



    and.. uh.. the whisky is what makes you drunk...
  24. Re: 2 issues in the gay marriage debate that I have not seen discussed

    It is not something that can be pinned to a specific time and place. It can be observed pretty easily in our popular media though. When was the last time you saw a movie glorifying any aspect of...
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    Re: Die, Die, Die, Diversity

    the school said the action was in the "interest of religious diversity," not the enhancement of it. The school's basic responsibility is not necessarily to promote diversity by educating students on...
  26. Re: 2 issues in the gay marriage debate that I have not seen discussed

    This brings up a good point, which I believe is a key factor in this new push to update marriage.

    Historically you are correct, in that marriage was viewed as a commitment, an obligation, a duty,...
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    Re: Die, Die, Die, Diversity

    When things are done in the name of Diversity, it means they are done in the name of acknowledging a minority belief, which is not an inaccurate use of the term. On the bureaucratic level, which the...
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    Re: Infinite Divisibility

    I am probably one of the last people to weigh in on the science of this, but I wonder how it relates to the fact(?) that all matter can ultimately be converted to energy. In this case would it be a...
  29. 2 issues in the gay marriage debate that I have not seen discussed

    1)Whether our sex is any business of the Federal government's.

    I think that it is important to know the demographics of our country for sociological reasons, but that should be done only through...
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    Re: Die, Die, Die, Diversity

    Yes, but it is a cultural flow that happens organically through community interaction. A state-funded school that tends to focus on holidays with a certain religious history may actually thwart...
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