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Comment Re:Cost of access is key. (Score 1) 324

before Europe had boats


The earliest known boats are log-boats or dugouts, with examples from Holland and Denmark going back to the Middle Stone Age or Mesolithic at about 7000 BC.

Boat History

Boat making most likely predates all known groups of people. Otherwise, you are correct.

Comment Re:r u srs (Score 1) 519

So their own videos of drowning people in cages, roasting people to death in cages, executing people on their knees for differing beliefs, executing people for being homosexual, boasting of their sex slaving, executing groups of children and sawing off the heads of live captives doesn't do it for you.

I dare say your level of convincing is too extreme.

Note that I'm not trying to apologize for ISIS.

You only think you're not.

Comment Re:Real smart fella (sarcasm) (Score 0) 519

I still think I'm right - I'm not saying that I think there's any moral equivalence between me and them.

Followed immediately by:

But I'm able to see that they have exactly the reverse position, and thus that in their minds, they're not just not evil, but even rigtheously good.

Moral equivalence.

You are conflating the rational response to a murderous group of people to their psychopathic rationale for murdering. That sir, is moral equivocating. Morals is about what you do, not what you think.

Comment Re:Star Wars and girls? (Score 1) 156

Any average woman attacked by any average man will be a de facto "princess in distress" simply because she will be overpowered. This also goes for the kick ass female going up against a kick ass male. The trope is much more aimed at teaching young men that they have a responsibility to protect the innocent and vulnerable.

Unless they're highly trained, it would be a horrible disservice for anyone to teach their daughter that she should go toe to toe against a man without fighting like all hell while simultaneously screaming at the top of her lungs for help.

"The Avis WIZARD decides if you get to drive a car. Your head won't touch the pillow of a Sheraton unless their computer says it's okay." -- Arthur Miller