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Comment Re:Richard Feynman (Score 1) 107

I can't stand people that play on semantics to make an argument.

You cannot participate in a discussion (argument) unless all parties agree on the meaning of both premises (whether either premise is right or wrong is immaterial).

Semantics: The branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning.

Therefore if you do not apply semantics to your argument, you have lost before you open your mouth.

Comment Re:if he did (Score 1) 395

Home Depot maintains summer/winter hours, it's not that difficult. Bin collections are by day not by time. Don't know about you but bin collections around here are "whenever they get around to your road", not at a specific hour. I used to live in the UK where trains had summer and winter schedules anyway, all published on one sheet for that line.

I can't see it being any easier to change the clocks than it would be to just do stuff at different times, if that's what you wanted to do. Mandated changes only serve to piss everyone off, let business and the voters decide when things happen locally.

Comment Re:Simple: compromise (Score 1) 410

That's the German constitution though. Has no effect outside Germany and so cannot be a fundamental human right - just a fundamental German right. Also, who gets to define "dignity"? Can I end my life in a dignified way if there is no other choice? Not in Germany I can't.

There are no fundamental right, no inviolable rights. There are rights bestowed upon us by societies, but not all societies agree on any single aspect of what is a fundamental or inviolable right. Therefore there is no such thing as a fundamental or inviolable human right.

Comment Re: Are all freedoms equal? (Score 1) 242

Innate Rights are something which no legitimate government may strip from you; in very rare circumstances Freedoms must be curtailed to protect other's Innate Rights, but these are limited in scope (i.e. you aren't allowed to experiment with radioactive isotopes in your basement or aren't supposed to yell fire in a crowded theater) by definition.

In which case, you have no innate right to life in the US. The (legitimate) government can strip you of your right to life and sentence you to death, carrying through with the execution.

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