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Comment Re:The insanity!!!!!1one (Score 1) 5

While I absolutely agree that this behavior should not be illegal under any circumstances, the purpose of the law seems to be to prevent children from being categorized as sex offenders. This law creates a separate category for this type of offense, so it seems to be an improvement over the children potentially being labeled sex offenders with all the baggage that carries.

In short, it is a hell of a lot of work to re-write entire categories of law (sex-related crimes) to accommodate one special circumstance. This is a band-aid over a poorly written state law. Your points are valid, but the miss the point that the law improves the situation.

Submission + - #OccupyWallStreet Streams Protests Live for 2 Week (

NigelT writes: From TFA

Global Revolution brings you live stream video coverage from independent journalists on the ground at nonviolent protests around the world. The team includes members of Mobile Broadcast News, Glassbead Collective, Twin Cities Indymedia and the ninjas that brought you Terrorizing Dissent and Democracy 101 documentaries. Currently broadcasting from #OccupyWallStreet protests in NYC that began on Saturday, Sept 17, 2011. Please donate to equip our live video team:

Submission + - IBM surpasses Microsoft to become 2nd largest tech (

FlatEric521 writes: The BBC is reporting that for the first time since 1996 IBM's market value has exceeded Microsoft's. The values cap a sustained period in which IBM's share price has moved steadily upward as Microsoft's has generally been in decline. Of course, Apple is still the #1 company by far.

Comment What about philosophy? (Score 1) 1345

I really do hate most of the "religion and science" debates. In my view, religion has nothing to bring to the table. It has far outlived it's usefulness as a way of explaining the world. "What about ethics/morals?" is the main reply. Answer: Philosophy

Philosophy has been around just as long as religion, and is generally offers more convincing solutions than any dogmatic religious text. Good philosophers are always questioning their own beliefs and are always willing to be critiqued by others if they can provide logical and reasonable evidence or arguments. Furthermore, science and philosophy complement each other perfectly. Contemporary philosophers like Daniel Dennett, for example, use science as a backdrop of their philosophy. They constantly examine new evidence uncovered by science to help us understand ourselves and our beliefs/morals.

The only reason religion still exists is because of ignorance and fear (of death). This is pure and simple fact. Religion had 2 purposes: to help us understand the world and to help us decide right from wrong. There is no dispute that science is much better at the former. In my view, philosophy does a much better job at the latter.

So, please....just stop it with the religion and science comparisons. This conversation should have been over at least 200 years ago.

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