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Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 453

Yeh...that's never happened in other religions, right, i mean Ziusudra.

Most all religions are adapted from the beliefs that came before them, some more so than others. Christianity took parts of pretty much every religion around and cobbled itself together... then voted on which dogma it should use as a public face; its no real surprise that Islam did as well.

Comment Re:Ain't science (Score 1) 254

Admittedly it's been decades since i did any research (chemistry, IR specs of solids), however, you make my point for me.

The truth of that science (psychology) needs to be taken with a large grain of salt because we are talking about summarizing a very wide set of behaviors, outcomes, and causes with a relatively small amount of words.

What you're saying is, even in the best circumstances, you arrive at nothing more than generalizations and conjecture. That's fine for a social science i suppose, but not science.

What i have seen from many papers i've read (since the 1980s) is that confirmation bias is pretty common, typically in very obvious if not glaring ways. Some of the conclusions in papers i've seen are so far removed from what data was actually taken you have to wonder whether the research even looked at it, so it's either a massively flawed experiment design, or people too incompetent to read or use basic logic.... and this is the stuff that actually passes through peer review.

Also to point out something else:

I can tell you that experiments in the social sciences (when done correctly) are far more controlled (relatively speaking) and reviewed before they are conducted than experiments in "hard" fields.

Here you are simply wrong.

Comment Ain't science (Score 0) 254

Psychology Research.... the field of people who don't know how to set up an actual experiment, and who are incapable of correctly interpreting any data they actually stumble onto, in any meaningful way other than to show they really don't have a clue what they're doing.... who for some reason seem to think that you're more "correct" if that horrendously bad idea you've had has been brought up by some other numbskull prior to you.

Comment Re:Unfortunately (Score -1, Troll) 468

You do realize that flying in the late 80's would have people having to turn over small (1 1/2 inch) blade pocket knives. I'm sure you're also away that: weak gun laws = more guns = more gun deaths. Trying to compare major metropolitan area like Chicago to some podunk backwater burg of 1000 people and saying "see how much gun violence Chicago has" is a fairly stupid, and dishonest way to go about things.

I've worked three jobs where it was required that i carry a firearm. I'm not anti-gun, what i am is anti-stupid-fucking-idiot-with-a-gun. I have seen so many of these good 'ol boy types who treat guns as toys, instead of the tools they are. They think that going out and drinking beer on a weekend while wearing camo is somehow a service to this country in the same vein as our military personnel fighting in a combat zone. They wouldn't know service to this country if it came up and kicked them in the nuts. I hate to say it, but the NRA panders to that type of wasted flesh, and ever since they have, i've no use for them or their kneepad wearing mooks.

Everyone should not be armed, because quite frankly, most people are more a danger with a weapon than an asset. Especially gung-ho idiots with IQ's smaller than their shoe size, whether by nature or by alcohol. And yes, i am aware of what happens when you shove 2.7 million people into a little over 200 square miles.... i am also aware that the violent crime rate in Illinois is far lower than in Alaska and a whole bunch of other states with weaker gun laws.

Comment Re:**including** U.S. service members? (Score 0) 468

You're projecting again, troll.Either that, or you truly are too stupid to pay attention to what conservatives here in the US do pretty much every time they open their mouths. I get it, though... many conservatives simply can't be bothered to learn the meaning of words before using them, or they're too stupid to read a dictionary once in a while. Conservatives are pretty much dedicated to divisiveness and blaming everyone else for their ignorance... it'd be sad if it was so moronically ridiculous, especially when some tool comes out and tries to project his own inadequacies onto others.

But more on subject... not jumping to conclusions without having the information to do so just seems like pretty fucking good common sense, which i suppose is your problem with it, it's the intelligent way to see things... instead of the hyperbolic head-full-of-bullshit way some idiots in this country always go for.

Comment Re:He lost my vote (Score 4, Insightful) 494

Considering the growth we had during the late 40's and 50's, that 90% top marginal tax rate certainly didn't hurt then, and in fact, helped to pay down a lot of debt we had from WWII.

What is fiscally irresponsible is bottoming out taxes while exploding the national debt, like Reagan and Bush II did. People like to bring up the whole "balanced budget" thing on occasion, and in a sense i agree with it... but those people that do are being disingenuous at best. We could balance the budget in two years with a simple constitutional amendment that says "we WILL bring in the revenue to pay for ALL of governments expenses, or the rates will automatically be adjusted to do that. Period, no exceptions." The problem we have is a whole generation who are selfish, greedy, anti-American piss-ants who prefer to act like petulant children instead of living up to the social contract of continuing to invest in future generations, and those people have been leeching everything ever generation before them invested since the 1980's.

Then again, by the way you wrote that... leaving out the "top marginal rate" part... i have to assume you either do not understand history, or what Sanders said.... or that you're just being deceptive to get people to agree with you.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

See, that just shows you're a fucking idiot.

Maybe you need to reacquaint yourself with that 47%, the majority of which are in red states, who happen to be leaching off blue states because they can't govern themselves worth a shit. Perhaps fewer people like you and they would, but that kinda like stating water is wet.

Trying to rewrite history seems to be one of the few pastimes that conservatives like you put much effort into, other than picking up your social security checks and making your "keep gub'mints hands off my medicare" signs.

What Europe has seen is the massive death and destruction that fascism brought in WWII, and in Europe, they don't have people so fucking stupid to think fascism is "leftist." Sadly, the US is filled with those inbred dumbfucks, and that level of stupidity is the leading cause of problems here.

So, either you're just a brainwashed little minion, or a liar...either way, my first assessment still stands.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

I do have to give it to you, that is the laziest, stupidest, least intelligent argument put forward on the subject.....ever.

A form of government which is an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing.


The Nazi Party was formed in Munich after World War I. It advocated right-wing authoritarian nationalist government and developed a racist ideology based on anti-Semitism and a belief in the superiority of “Aryan” Germans.

What this all comes down to is a bunch of right wingers here in the US want everyone else to be "PC" and not call a fascist a fascist. Look at the traits of fascism, and compare that to the GOP; only a blind man or a liar won't see the similarities.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

Hitler was mid-to-far right, only because he was less driven by fascist purism than Mussolini (far-right), and more of an pragmatic exploiter, changing his allegiances when it was politically expedient.

All of this thread points to a larger problem, that in today's world there are (supposedly) intelligent adults who don't have a basic education in history, and are prone to listen, believe, and then defend the lies they hear if it makes them seem like better people. What we have is a bunch of crap started because of a single point: the poster said "Europeans seem to prefer democrats over republicans", to which was my response was "of course, because Europe lived through the far-rights fascism of WWII, and they know the danger of it."

Now, all the little brainwashed kids from the past 30-35 years have come out arguing that, as opposed to what the rest of the world knows, that THEY know fascism is all the lefts fault. They do that because they've been brainwashed by people trying to find a scapegoat so "their" side doesn't look as bad as it can be. They're lying to themselves, and everyone else.

Any radical fringe group, regardless of right or left, can be horrendous... the problem is that here in the US we don't really have much of a radical left, certainly none in elected positions... what we do have is a very radical right that the rest of the world sees, and probably a lot of them are scared of BECAUSE of the past.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 5, Insightful) 686

You can play stupid fucking word games, and be a whiny little bitch with your self righteous indignation all you want.... but it doesn't change reality. Until the advent of the Bircher run conservative movement that came to power in the 1980's, everyone in the world considered fascism a far right political posture. Since the 1980's, there's been a movement by these people to claim fascism is a leftist position because, shock of all shock, the world saw what the radical right fascists did in WWII.

Powerful and Continuing Nationalism: Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights: Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc

Supremacy of the Military Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

Rampant Sexism The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

Controlled Mass Media Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

Obsession with National Security Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

Religion and Government are Intertwined Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

Corporate Power is Protected The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

Labor Power is Suppressed Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

Obsession with Crime and Punishment Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

Rampant Cronyism and Corruption Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

Fraudulent Elections Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

What's the most comical about this stupid fucking argument, every time it comes up, is some fucking idiot trying to sound intelligent who wants to redefine reality so they're right-wing bullshit smells better. Reality doesn't give a fuck. Fascism is far right wing, and anyone not brainwashed knows that; sadly, there's too many people in this country who are brainwashed, or simply prefer to be lied to as long as it doesn't disturb their fantasy land.

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