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3 points

There are states that have been actively attempting to disarm the populace for years and this bill represents a major step toward that goal in that within it's guidelines it not only renders illegal any preceding ammunition of the previous 500 years but also places additional financial/ compliance obstacles in the public process where government workers have no such traps.

Power in America is supposed to be 'by and for the people',

What if the people told governments that the governments ammunition would be based on the workers families financial/ compliance ...?

No loaded weapon = no authority

2 points

Bio fuels currently produce more problems they are attempting to solve. algae is the only 'bio product' that can provide the needs of humanity without stressing food stock.

Supporting Evidence: Algae can produce all the 'oil' needed but is being ignored (
1 point

How is possibly extinguishing all life , not irrational?! Please correct me but even I realize that a fraction of a second after the big bang ...there was no life ..I think as I read the paper.

"The Large Hadron Collider as it is called; will start up it's massive particle accelerator on September 10Th. .....They are looking for a sub atomic component the Higgs Boson known as "the God particle" that will fill in the last missing piece of the so-called Standard Model of particle physics.....!!"

When a quick question to the paper is made , as to "why is there no mention of types of risks?' ;

"...risk is unpredictable..blah"

Trying to have a lucid response reminds me of,Ken Magid's 1989 book, "High Risk: Children Without A Conscience" Which has many twists but also talks about, If we get enough of the right kind of love, we feel that others are generally good, that they can be trusted, that they're like ourselves. If we don't get enough of the right kind of love, life feels cold to us, it feels unsafe and insecure, others cannot be trusted.

Rage, begins to build in my mind.Yeah thanks I think . The general public will not be aware of the level of risk, the night before they may tuck their children to bed for the last time...I slowly hang up the phone.

Perhaps its a self-deluded vestige of an earlier time in my life when I was young and naive and optimistic and less cynical -- but I don't believe that anyone deliberately chooses to impede another innocent person, or would not harm another person if he fully considered all the consequences of his actions. It's a blatant violation of "common" rationality....or is it?

We learn to hide our emotions at such a young age. Yet, when we express them too strongly, we also run the risk of going a bit berserk and losing control. Its a fine line we walk but people should know what risk they face as a group/nation/race

My own irrational behavior -- none of which, fortunately, has been criminal --I think , i hope... I can see why I behaved as I did, why I would override every other rational consideration for ...that time. If we took my own eccentricities and amplified them a little, as they would have been had my upbringing been influenced a little more one way or another than it was, I could see how some of that behavior could become..., ahem.. criminal. I learned this the hard way. It wouldn't necessarily have been bad parents -- but just the decisions I might have made under certain stressful situations.

Some may say all of our behavior is ultimately reactive -- I guess I'm calming down... either on a pure hardware scale, like getting physically hurt, or on a software scale, reacting to a self-created psychological environment that's just as cause / effect driven as the purely physical.

That simple call ....

It's all perception, NOT BLAME-no right/wrong. There's always just enough truth underlying any conclusion to justify them in some way. That's the thing about the brain -- something doesn't have to be True to become advantageous to your own survival. Atheism - a non prophet organization. It only has to be True Enough. The brain operates not on what's True, but rather on what works

Not being aware of the risk is deterministic as it is in the purely physical domain -- but the domain in which the determinism occurs is a psychological domain, a domain of virtual or personally manufactured realities.Challenge 'us' to accept reality! There's still cause / effect going on, but there is now a whole range of imaginary causes and imaginary effects, in addition to "real" causes and effects, that produce a huge number of possible behaviors.Could this dream called life end for all , not just a few?Challenge 'us' to know the truth of our least out of respect.

Well, if we are more civilized than our predecessors (that's probably reasonably debatable in either direction), then hope that our offspring will be more civilized than we are.... Overall, we certainly hope that our collective knowledge is growing in scope and depth, .... that one day will coalesce into an effective wisdom and may result in a more enlightened society. Whether that's actually true.... is something we have to wait to find out. Make the most of everyday! May I suggest ,making a wish in the evening of Sept.9Th..?

1 point

There are many aspects of 'news' the 'media' manipulates. Overall the public doesn't question the information presented ; which shows the true 'sphere of influence'. People should create laws to limit the extent many media organizations are going to , for profit the majority of the masses are unaware; first impressions are a b.tch.

1 point

To stir feelings of human dignity... I rarely feel these days...

It is no wonder we seek the meaning of life because there are times it sure can seem meaningless. 'Meaninglessness' is an other emotion that can accommodate many conditions and connotations...........despair, depression, sadness, fear etc. The events that gave rise to feelings one might initially impart 'meaninglessness' but in reality can be categorized with more precision given a little reflection.

We live through innumerable and painful crises building an emotional history; only to smash our precious emotional memories on the rocks of the eternal...and die... conveys despair or depression. It may, as well, be expressing sadness at a senseless occurrence, something for which nothing in life could have adequately prepared ourselves.Is it some insane joke?

We tie ourselves down because we were brainwashed to over value our emotions and see no escape, no solutions. Choosing to focus upon relationships in lieu of simply things requires much self discipline. We settle for the illusion of security such as having our needs nominally met -- shelter and food.

We are like the circus elephants; believing that a mere chain can hold us in place for the purposes of those who would use us to death and then discard us. But in reality, just like the circus elephant, one tug and the chain shows itself for what it really is, nothing at all. We were lied to as babies to believe the straw man to be strong powerful and almighty, when in reality, all the straw man is, is an evil weakling controlling us through our own ignorance.

If one isn't nesting...Time to remove the 'straw' .

Under normal circumstances we strive to take a painless path in life to find that no such path exists. We also hope that path is one that gives us a majority of happiness and given normal circumstances the great majority find this path satisfactory, not painless but well supplied with happiness and/or peace.

The human spirit is a funny but admirable thing and I know of many who consider their lives blessed by others and the natural joy that seems to pervade the personality of some .

Implicit is the underlying notion that emotion is unwinding, socially, professionally... or Is it a 'devolution' in human 'progress'? Insensitive and deficient compassion produces more often, tangible results.

Our pursuit of answers has provided us with great advances in our intellectual and technology to name two. But we can include the vast realm of human concepts...A high degree [relatively] of self-consciousness enables us to ask such questions.

We 'ask', presenting our ignorance of 'why' and 'how'. Not with our emotions......... but even that; is only the emotional opinion of a grumpy old man 'Fighting terrorism since 1492' ;)

"There is something in the heart of man that things cannot satisfy." ....Thomas Carlyle

Some seek answers in the metaphysical realm to find a kind of solace and deliverance from the implacable indifference exhibited by Nature and the Universe as a whole, by, in fact, all of existence. We are a part of the whole . We are made of the same stuff as the 'unemotional' Universe.

I find that as wonderful and satisfying a feeling as I imagine a western theist finds in his/her glimpses of some supernatural phenomenon....

2 points

Personally I find it disrespectful to all involved to use inductive fallacy as a point of reasoning. In other words; to assume and act as if an assumption is true. Kinda like a cop with poor inquisitive skills.

A friend says it is a way to tell who was raised by media;cop shows,game shows, drama...... I don't fully agree.

It may show the importance of assumptions but to ask the right questions respectfully is still up to the individual.

3 points

When governments no longer use weapons as an effective tool, then the people might consider giving up such things. But when each and every government uses guns to not only assert their authority but to also acquire more property makes asking the people to ignore this fact of life and take a passive role in their own future...highly dubious.

Authority comes in one form on this planet, that is regrettably, with a weapon in ones hand ; MAD mutual assured destruction. How willing is a thief when they think the victim may be armed?

Odd how it is commonly overlooked that not one country would exist without guns.

1 point

Chuckles , I don't think I said anything was 'wrong' with same sex activity, but just because there are two females doesn't make it any less qualified as,(SAME SEX) homosexual activity. Observing such behavior does nothing for my libido and just cause others find it erotic doesn't mean it is not homosexual activity, or homosexual 'porn'; same sex fills both criteria. ( pardon the pun)

1 point

As a disabled vet I am very opinionated about this. You have put it as well as any. I agree. But I think defense should only apply when required.

1 point

Agreed, it's important for any attachments to specific debates to have what is discussed , archived as well as positions(for/opposed)

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