"Times do change, and taboos change. And things do improve (BTW, the 'rule of thumb' thing was a fabrication, there never was such a law).
But my points are about things that it is as absurd to judge people entirely by evolved standards as…"
"Keep in mind that our frame of reference is hardly objective. Certain things (racism, even the relatively passive kind) is considered a major horror, while homosexuality is (among people who consider themselves modern, at least) normal. 50 years…"
"I am a real blues fan. My general observation is that both blues and country are about drinking and adultery, country is soaked with guilt, blues celebrates.
This was shocking in the 50s, when most pop music avoided any real sexuality (just sappy…"
"The girl across the street was doing an extended cleanout of her car and had the incredibly loud music system playing.
Song after song of obscenity, racism, violence, misogyny. Not just stereotyping (hell, some stereotypes are partially true) I was…"
"In discussing instincts/emotions, I am looking at it from the evolutionary level. Natural selection doesn't 'care' about nice. It rewards success (which can include nice). Steven Pinker has documented quite a body of evidence that we…"
"Emotions are ESSENTIAL. People with brain damage that destroys emotional response become lethargic and purposeless. Emotions provide the drive to do things (including conversing and posting things here). Things that we enjoy, we enjoy through…"
"One thing that must be remembered is that analogy is useful, but not a complete argument. At some level, every analogy does not fit. Just because you can phrase "because X, then Y" does not necessarily make it true. This is a concern in…"
"Since there are thousands of religions, and an infinite number of possible ones, if you wrong and there are gods, the odds are extremely good that your listener is worshipping the one wrong as well. So we're all in the same boat."
My mother has suffered debilitatingly through them for years and still on frequent medication. Every year it's a fight with medicare because the amount of meds she needs (at one point costing $1000 a month). Now it's…"
"Yes but to establish that it is safe, and that it actually works takes a lot longer than 4 days. What if 1 time out of 100,000 it caused an infection? That would mean 3000 cases caused by a vaccine vs the handful we have now.
"That's it. Each person has their trigger points, (NRA is not a not a critical issue with me). I will vote for candidates who are really strong on individual liberty (which pretty much rules out both Dems and Repubs)."
"This is just an example of a targeted ad, they hope hit trigger points on a certain group of voters.
Nothing really unique, that same thing is used for all sorts of hot-button issues:
"Candidate X is approved by the NRA, vote for candidate…"
"Part of the problem is the conflicting message that we get.
On one hand we are assured that it can't be transmitted through the air, only through extensive close contact during symptoms, but on the other hand they essentially lock down a…"
"There is the huge growth in inti-vaccines, (numerically mostly in the educated liberal camp). We have organized 'envionmental' fight golden rice (which could benefit millions) because they hate anything GMO)
There are lots of people who…"
"Two companies have been working on it but both under the Defense Department (there is also a Canadian company working on a product too). NIH, which has spent MILLIONS on 'alternative medicine' research, has not done anything with…"
Nice looking dog you have! "Securing" a dog is a concern. Previous dogs have stayed outdoors ALL the time, never running away . But I live out in the country. Free roaming is my preference, but the H.S. doesn't like to hear that. I'm losing sleep trying to come up with an alternative.
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