Should there be laws on the books that allow people to be prosecuted for failing to help people in certain situations? How extensive should these laws be?
(It should be noted here that I am referring to laws that compel people to act, not those laws which exempt people from liability if they are trying to save others.)
Each of the following accounts are puppet accounts created by Quymosabi to upvote himself and downvote other users:
This is not the first time something like this has occurred on the site, and I do not make accuasation like this lightly. Qymosabi has not done a good job even hiding the fact that he created each of these accounts, as can be seen in the similarity of the Icons (each being animated .gifs of people) and the fact that each has been used to downvote the same arguments (check the reward points of each account to see what I am talking about).
Other evidence to support my claim comes from the timing of sign-ons from each account. At the current moment, I am looking at a number of debates that Qymosabi posted arguments in the past day. Each of these arguments has a strangely high score considering the short amount of time they have been posted. The most recent argument was posted in the last 3 hours, and already has 5 votes. Looking at the alleged puppet accounts, each was last online within the past three hours, almost in perfect succession.
If anyone disputes what I am saying, then I am welcome to hear other interpretations of the evidence, however from my perspective this seems pretty damning.
I am going to report each of these accounts, and I call on other users of this site who care about keeping the sites integrity in check to do the same.
Now that Nasa has concluded that this year's global temperatures have been the hottest in recorded history in spite of a solar irradiance minimum, and no El Niño activity can we please just stop denying the reality of anthropogenic climate change and actually begin to take steps to reduce our impact on the environment?
With fossil fuels becoming more scarce, and climate concerns growing it is becoming more and more apparent that we need alternative sources of energy. One possible and controversial source would be nuclear energy.
Should nuclear energy be a significant part of our future energy supply?
To help people get the debate started, please watch this debate from TED that does a good job of presenting the two sides.
In italy a court recently ruled that a couple could be denied the right to adopt because they requested a child who wasn't "dark skinned."
Here is the article: http://www.news.com.au/world/racist-couples-barred-from-adopting-children-in-italy/story-e6frfkyi-1225874248977
So the question is, should racist couples be allowed to adopt?
On the one hand it would allow these parents to indoctrinate their children with the same racism, and on the other hand it could be seen as an infringement of rights.
The Civil War affected everybody in the nation - mostly in a negative manner. Slavery, however, mostly affected the Negroids. I might add that, even to the Negroids slavery was not always despised. There were some who, after being given their freedom, would ask for it to be taken away.
Slaves were an investment thus, to further that investment, it was in the slave-owner's best wishes to keep him alive and healthy.
I know there have been other arguments that probably said some pretty terrible things, but what I'm asking is if this is the most racist argument that wants to be taken seriously and isn't blatent flamebait.
Debates that are intended to demean or insult a particular group of people have become more and more common on this site as of recently (in my own opinion). I created this debate so that hopefully we can have a discussion about the pros and cons of debates involving generalizations, and whether they should continue to be created on this site.
Well, I was on the interwebs, and I found this recording of Glen Beck flipping out on someone who disagreed with him about healthcare and it made me think... well see for yourself:
The Phone Call The Remix
There have already been over 3,000 deaths in in Mexico due to gang violence just this year. According to some sources the violence is actually worse than Iraq.
Cops are being killed by the hundreds, mayors and other city officials are being arrested for corruption, severed heads with threatening notes are showing up all the time, there are standoffs between federal police and corrupt local officers, and now, in order to try and help the fight against the cartels, President Calderone is going to sign a bill that legalizes the possesion of drugs like pot, cocaine, and meth...so why isn't the media paying more attention?
Clearly as humans,, we consider ourselves to be vastly superior all animals. We are civlized and they are savage.
However, recently I came accross this video and it made me wonder about our intlectual superiority.
Which is a better moral code to live by?
The 8 I'd really rather you didn'ts
Since the end of the cold war, the U.S. has been more or less, the only world super power. China's industrialization and economic growth have made the U.S.'s position seem less secure.
Right now China is one of our leading trading partners, but at the same time, is not a free society.
As they steadily begin to play a bigger role in world politics, do you believe our relationship will be a positive of negative one, and why?
Also, should we be allies with a country that is not free?
A photograph of Michael Phelps smoking from a bong has surfaced recently. His status as a national hero for his performance in the Olympics could therefore be in jeopardy.
On the other hand, this could be a big argument for proponents of marijuana legalization. How could weed be that harmful if a smoker can win more medals than anyone ever and set numerous world records?
So what do you think? At the very least we know why he was eating so much...the munchies ;)
Here is a link to the story:
Recently a California appeals court ruled that a Lutheran school did not violate an anti-discrimination law when they expelled two female students for having a bond "characteristic of a lesbian relationship"? The reason was that the school did not count as a business, and therefore the law did not apply to them.
Was this the right decision?
Is it okay to expel students for their sexual orientation?
Edit forgot to post the link:
Does the video contain anything you don't agree with?Can you think of any rights that should be added?Are universal human rights necessary, and should all nations have the same basic rights for their citizens?How should universal human rights be enforced?Is the idea even practical, or merely utopianistic?What are your thoughts?
Recently a number of U.S. government officials flunked a civics test given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081120/od_afp/ushistoryeducationoffbeatShould they be required to take a basic test in order to qualify for a position in government?Below is the link for the test they took.
This debate is going to be a little different then others. So please read the instructions in the description:-I am basing the debate around the book God's Debris by Scott Adams.-In order to participate I highly recommend you read it first, it is not very long and you won't regret it. I have posted the link to the online version of the book below.-Because the novel covers a wide range of topics I am going to frame the debate by posting initial arguments, please respond to these.-If you would like to talk about an issue that I have not made an argument for, you can create it and start the discussion
Obama says he will shut down Guantanamo Bay, our long standing military base in Cuba. Because it is outside the U.S. borders it is technically not under the constitution and as such the government has done things that would probably wouldn't be able to in this country.Is Obama making the right decision?
Obama has said that he will give a weekly video address on you-tube, much like previous Presidents have done on the radio. This is his first.What are your opinions about it?What do you think about the idea of a weekly video address?