Hmm.... not sure I totally buy this. Insulated, iced, box cars were being used to ship meat and fruit in the USA before 1900. My recollection is that...
You were alive in 1900?
I suppose I'm a global warming denier, by the common standard here on Slashdot. The global warming alarmists and pitchmen said "San Francisco will be underwater by 2010". Unfortunately, it's still there.
You, like a lot of people, might be confusing media or politics with science. If you could cite the publish the science paper that made such a claim I'd lover to read it. Until I'll put you in the basket with stupid people who should probably not participate in this discussion.
I am smart because I had good parents and teachers, and I choose to work hard at it. Not that I got the smart gene.
Or maybe you got the gene that responds better to instruction than others? Maybe others have genes that favour shorter attention spans, or favour hyper activity so can't sit still in a classroom, and hence aren't as equipped to learn complex subjects ?
Or I have a few extra pounds on me because I chose to eat that cupcake when I should have picked an Apple,
Or maybe your gene for triggering pleasure from sugar is stronger than others?
or decided not to go to the gym.
Lacked the gene that gets pleasure triggered by exercise
It is easier to say I have the Fat gene.
Easier, or maybe something like that actually exists?
I personally think Nurture is a larger influence in nature.
I think free will is over-rated.
Sure some factors my natural colors, gender, height and perhaps chances to get some generic conditions. I may not control, but if I went out more my skin would be darker, or stayed in more it may be lighter. When growing up if I exercised a different amount or had a different diet I may an inch taller or shorter.
All illusions of free will. All your thoughts and response to environment (eating, exercise, study, compliance to authority etc) can all be explained by nature. Nurture is the excuse people use when they want to feel like they had some control in the outcome. I've never seen any evidence of this.
I always thought the best way to de-power a phrase is not by prohibiting it, but by overusing and re-using it so it loses any negative connotation. eg imagine if all programmers called themselves code niggers? After all the initial fury died down, within a generation, people would associate the word nigger with a computer programmer rather than pejorative term for black people, and there'd be one less reason for people to be angry. Of course it will never happen because people like to have reasons to get angry rather than solve problems.
Theft: The unlawful taking of someone's belongings with the intent to deprive them of their use.
I know copyright infringers like to throw this definition around as if the more the say the more it might become true, but as someone who use to break into cars and steal stuff, stealing (or theft) is not about the intent to deprive the owner their use, it's about taking something that doesn't belong to you, and getting stuff which normally cost money, for free.