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Either compound bow or a crossbow. Safety with range, and (with sturdy arrows), unlimited ammo.

Of course, the zombie apocalypse will never reach Ice View, AK (where I'll be during the event)

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Hand-to-hand weapons aren't the best choice. If the zombie-disease is spread by saliva (bites), it's probably also spread by blood. If you hack a zombie apart with a sword, it will spray its blood everywhere. You get that in any open wound, or even your eye, and you're a zombie.

Bow and arrow would be better, as it has both range and unlimited ammo (you can recover the arrows)

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I'd get rid of the block. Sunglasses don't run out, and if you build up enough melanin, it'll get more difficult to burn anyway.

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I love the link. But, as for the argument, hard books are better for now. E-book technology is still in infancy, and while there's no reason it shouldn't improve, there are still downfalls.

First, eBooks are the epitome of "putting all your eggs in one basket". If something happens to your device, it gets hacked, lost, broken, stolen, etc., you've lost all your books. Not so with real books.

Second, along the same lines. If the eBook device screen is damaged, but not enough to get a Warranty repair, then every single page of every single book you have is also damaged. If you rip/mark a real book page, it's only one page of hundreds or even thousands.

Third. This is more of an opinion, but there's nothing quite as satisfying as turning that final page, or watching your progress eat through a large book. Sure, there are percentage bars on Kindle (at least), but it's not the same.

Fourth. Also along those same lines. It's easier to find quotes in real books, as you know generally where the quote was in the book. On eReaders, you can't flip pages nearly as fast as in real life to search. Also, due to the convenient font size changes available, pages look different every time on eReaders.


That's my opinion. I'll admit, eBooks are much better for people who travel frequently (multiple times a month, or even a week), as they don't have to carry a library around with them if they need to read. Also, text formats offer the advantage of string searching, allowing for quick look-ups if you know a direct or partial quote.

But, to me, those advantages do not outweigh the disadvantages they have over real books.

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That's what the maturity ratings on games are for. You can't legally buy a game like Dead Space if you're 12 years old, and for really, REALLY good reasons.

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Keeping on-task with said present distractions are part of the process of becoming a competent adult. You can't just take out homework because it doesn't apply to the work ethic of our students. Students need to change their work ethic to apply to the real world.

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I personally don't want to time travel, due to the mind-bending implications. (You go back in time to kill Hitler, and it works. Then, in the alternate now, Hitler did't kill people, and thus, you wouldn't go back in time to kill him....)

If you want a long-living pet, get a turtle or a parrot. The turtle will definitely outlive you, while the parrot will give you a run for your money.

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"However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows."

--Matthew 24:36 (NLT)

However much calculations anybody does, you cannot figure our the day of the Advent. Also, the idea of a 'secret rapture' is refuted by the Bible:

"For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes."

--Matthew 24:27 (NLT)

"Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him"

--Revelation 1:7 (NLT)

"Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there.... He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.... From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations.... On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.... Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army.... Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse."

--Revelation 19:11-21 (NLT)

The first two refute the 'secret' rapture. The third shows that Jesus Himself will come down to finish everything. No rapture, and the Advent certainly won't be a secret.


Now, to pre-refute future arguments, here's another quote:

"People didn't realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.

"Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left."

--Matthew 24:39-41

This isn't the rapture. It's equating the Advent with the Flood. Nobody knew when it was going to happen, and the Flood surprised everyone. Jesus is saying it'll be the same with the Advent: you're working in a field and, all of the sudden, Jesus is here.


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Kotzebue, AK

That town is literally in the middle of nowhere, half of it on a swamp, the other half on the Bering Sea. It's cold all year long, and most likely freezes every night.

Unless zombies (or anyone else, for that matter) have antifreeze in their blood, there's no way they'd reach Kotzebue via walking.

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That's what I always assumed. Thus, describing color would be nearly impossible, as there is literally nothing to give reference to.

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I'm guessing blind people can't see any light. The problem is in their optic nerve, right?

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"3) Power to make anything written down become real."

The D'ni had this power....

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"(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)"

--Romans 2:14, 15

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I'm not sure if anyone will read this, but I certainly hope so.

By saying 'no', I'm not saying they won't be in heaven. Nobody will get to heaven 'first'. Everyone goes at the same time. The closest thing we have to 'getting there first' is being the first off the ground.

"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air"

--1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17

As for athiests being in heaven, there most certainly will be.

"(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)"

--Romans 2:14, 15

Or, as C. S. Lewis put it: "Therefore if any man swear by Tash (Satan) and keep his oath for the oaths sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him."

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I'm not saying that any cliff is deadly to jump off of. I've done my fair share of leaping for 15- to 20-foot-high cliffs, but those falls are quite short (and still hurt if you hit flat-footed). But when you're talking about a 20-second fall, there's no way you'd survive that.

For the sake of this particular discussion, I'd say jumping off a bridge is better. A) I'd have already checked to make sure it was safe. B) I'd be willingly jumping off it.

For the cliff, falling generally indicates no will in the situation. And the majority of cliffs (if taken from a grab-bag of the world's cliffs) probably aren't safe to jump/fall from.

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Like what type of prose? Literature? Short stories? Novellas?

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if it's deep enough you won't hurt yourself that bad.

I'm going to refute this for both here and the one above. If you fall for long enough, the force of hitting the water will be the same has hitting concrete.

The terminal velocity for a pencil-diving human is around 300 mph, which equates to around 44 feet per second. That gives you less than 0.15 seconds for you to push a column of water 6 ft by 2 ft (depending on how thin you are, and sort of rounding off the width of shoulders to the thin depth of the body) out of your way.

The impact alone will kill you.

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.... yeah, and totally piss off all the remaining extremest muslims? We've probably already made a martyr. Why would we go throwing it in their faces?

I say it's good enough that he's dead, and that he left no grave for worshipers to worship.

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Just to be original, I'll take it a different way.

It's because, in these trying times, people need heroes.

Either that, or movie companies are just showing off their cool CG, and loving the fact that they can actually do superhero movies well, for the first time.

And, yes, the money.

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"Hell exists in our own mind and lives"

Although I understand the spirit of your statement, please humor me. For the sake of argument, can you provide biblical supports (to go along with the introduction to this topic)?

"I do not believe it is a physical place with Satan ruling over it."

I find it interesting that you should point out that last part, "With Satan ruling over it". I think it's almost funny how that idea has become so mainstream, yet the Bible clearly states that Satan will suffer its effects more than anyone else, if that's at all possible. In fact, the Bible implies that Hell was/will be created for Satan.


Mat. 20:28b "Only God ... can destroy both soul and body in hell." (NLT)

Luk 12:5b "God ... has the power to ... throw you into hell." (NLT)

Rev 19:20c "...the beast ... [was] thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur" (NLT)

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Sorry that it took so long for me to respond to you. I hope you can forgive extreme tardiness.

"There are various scriptures where Jesus describes hell as a place of fire."

Yes, there are. I've looked up the other times 'geenna' occur, and, besides Jesus' 'cut off your eye' speech, Jesus says this: "Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28b, NLT) If Hell, or 'geenna' were a place of eternal fire, than God wouldn't destroy sould and body, merely place them there.

Further studying mentions that 'Geenna' originated/refers to the vally of Hinnom, where trash (and dead animals) were taken and burned. Such fires were not permament, only the results.

"the angels had yet to die their first death"

That is true, but the Second Death is the term used for us humans, who tend to die fairly easily. Although, technically, the term is 'Second Resurrection', but, once resurrected from death, the damned will die again, thus, Second Death.


Also, you might bring up the term 'unquenchable fire' that crops up many times. To make a pun of the previous sentence, the term shows up in Jesus' parable of the farmer separating the wheat and the chaff.

"He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire." (Matthew 3:12, NLT)

The word used for 'burning' is Greek 'katakaio', which means 'to consume with fire'. The chaff is totally burned up, gone. However, had the fire been quenchable, one could conceivably put out the fire before the chaff was done burning. But this fire cannot be stopped--all of the chaff will be consumed.

This conveys the image that, once again, the effects are eternal. The evil will be totally consumed by the fire, but will not burn forever.

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Although I find the idea of it completely appalling, and the Constitution doesn't allow it, it might be interesting.

If religion was made illegal, it would only make it grow. That's what history has taught. Oppression usually weeds out false religions (being religions set around control and not spiritual enlightenment), leaving only true religions to flourish.

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But when the rich get healed from serious diseases, there's really no inherent superiority in it. They still suffer from the same sicknesses that poor people do; the rich can only cure them. But when you have an entire class of people genetically immune to those diseases, you do have inherent superiority. And nothing can stop them from lording over the little people.

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