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Aside from the fact that he is another man once again telling a woman that a certain choice for what she does with her baby is immoral?


[Dawkins hate derail]
Lets be clear here, Dawkins doesn't get slagged off for being an athiest, (although the weird celebrity thing is unpleasant ).
Dawkins gets derided for his horrible worldviews,  horrible political beliefs, and horrible narcissism.

The reason I dislike him is that is that his role as once being a scientist also seems to get him a free pass for the horrible shit he says. I worked in research for a few years before moving into engineering and still have close ties to a lot of the people in there.

Lots of them are vocal intelligent atheists that I respect deeply. I don't like the fact that when he says something idiotic people bring up his past research, it doesn't justify it and its insulting to other scientists. Furthermore I find it unpleasant that he is the go to pop atheist when there are scholars with far more interesting things to say on the subject than him.
[/Dawkins hate derail]

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Or being accused of being an alt etc....
It adds nothing to the discussion, even more so when it doesn't come from a mod who can at least run an IP check.

Von is just Von, his dumb opinions are his own. The topic is Ferguson, if needs be we can split the thread.

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Satanists are boring libertarians with candles

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Hello new people, Out of my personal curiosity, are any of you here after reading the io9 article?

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You are equating the protesters to the rioters, or completely ignoring that there were protesters there at all. I'm sure that pastor who was shot with rubber bullets was just there for the looting.

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I've met quite a few people over the years. My personal experience is that most folk have no sense of humour, can't admit when they don't know something and are generally incapable of considering those beyond their immediate group.


You're right, but agnosticism is SCARY.

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Well the proof of the pudding is in the two types of athiests.

One are people who have arrived at a set of conclusions based on the information at hand and their own analytical judgements.

The other is a band of people who:
  • are elitists, craving a feeling of intellectual superiority, generally they were free thinkers up to a comfortable point where they don't wish to think about it any more.
  • are Dogmatists, insecure in their atheism that they must defend it and MUST tell you about it
  • Bitter closet thiests


Personally my belief There is no god and it doesn't make the slightest difference to anyone.

But it could just as easily have been "There is a god and it doesn't make the slightest difference to anyone".

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This is a fact-mining mission from the Illuminati!

I didn't see you at the last meeting...

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Wint is amazing

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Literate Chaotic / Re: The Death of the Vampire Trope
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:56:15 am »
I read Garth Ennis's run and it was disgusting, unenjoyable though ended on funny note I didn't think I'd read any more of it.

I read a bit of Wish you were here (Si Spurrier wrote it I think) and I found myself oddly bored (maybe I was expecting the same level of revulsion as Ennis's run). Not sure which is worse, being physically sickened by what your reading or bored, either way, crossed definitely isn't a comic for me.

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I liked Guardians because it had some cool sci-fi aspects, great humour without any of the horrible wooden dialogue that seems to be a trope of TV sci-fi.

Sometimes it's ok because of a military setting (TNG, Battlestar Galactica), but more often then not it comes off as so goddamn cheesy.
It's why I couldn't get into mass effect,  all the men sound like functioning autistics and all the women sounds like they are a victorian era coming out party

"The year is 2209, these are the voyages of the starship aspergers"

There's only one other sci-fi for tv that pulled it off for me and that's Lexx, where the main cast have no other goal then to travel the universe and get a good dicking.

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Depression/self examination/introspection/ (Also known as drinking a Fucking LOT of Whisky(still am)). 


That's really unhealthy. You need to cut out your introspection, it will ruin the Whisky.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: The Death of the Vampire Trope
« on: July 31, 2014, 09:19:37 am »
With regards to The Walking Dead, you indeed have not missed much.

Once the zombie threat becomes understood, there is nothing much where a story can go from there...except to rebuild civilization.  And that's just a bunch of messy "just-so" stories based around the prejudices and politics of the author.  Which is frequently boring.


I will say that the disparity between the walking dead TV show and comics couldn't be larger. It can be summed up that the TV show is about heroic characters with a show that focusses on Zombies.

While the Walking dead Comics have very little to do with zombies, instead it is the focus on a group of broken people who continue to lose what little humanity they have left.

The TV show squanders every emotional growth the comic gives them because they have to keep Rick as an identifiable paragon of manliness.

I don't want to go into it too much, all I can do is recommend the comic (and tell tale games) as a great character drama.

For those watching the TV show here is a big example; After the prisoner and the governor arc, the group come across a more "green" set of survivors, they are so mistrustful they don't even try to communicate with them, they just immediately butcher them in case they were a threat. Everything like this is whitewashed away for the show.


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Literate Chaotic / Re: The Death of the Vampire Trope
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:19:01 am »
I predict vampires are making a comeback.

It's not just the strain now that I think of it, Penny Dreadful had an understated vampire plot that was overshadowing the season but played a very small role in the individual episodes.

It was like vampires were taboo for the entire time the twilight films were running but now it's ok for them to have a resurgence.

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