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Comment Re:In all fairness (Score 1) 254

In different parts of the world road laws seem to have different levels of importance. For example: in Australia the speed limit is near to absolute, if you're over you get fined. In the USA the speed limit seems to be a suggested limit where you're really expected to go about the limit +10mph at least on the freeways. Where in the USA some things seem to be more absolute. In some places "one way" might be absolute, and in others it might be more of a suggestion. I mean even compare city to rural driving...

Comment Re:Makework (Score 1) 1145

Or figure out a way to control population growth. Because you can't continue to "give them money" forever; eventually the well will run dry. Then what?

Why not? It's not like money is a finite resource. Money represents access to resources but if those resources run out that's going to be a problem for everyone.

Comment Re: The Republicans want to make everyone work (Score 1) 1145

The only question is what that does to inflation and whether that creates a de facto "tax" on the economy.

Luckily that question has an answer - printing more money the the (only real) cause of inflation and it will act like a universal tax on everyone, as everyone will pay through the devaluation of their earnings. Inflation is possibly the *most* unfair tax that there is.

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

Atheism is the *belief* that there's no God (or gods).

No it isn't. Atheism is an absence of belief, not a belief in absence.

No it isn't. Atheism is not an absence of belief. The only way you can have an absence of belief is through ignorance. And atheists are not ignorant; they have made a choice and their choice is to believe that there is no god. Atheism is a belief in the absence of belief.

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

Beliefs regarding gods are religious beliefs, even if it is nonexistence of those gods.

"“Atheism is indeed the most daring of all dogmas . . . for it is the assertion of a universal negative.” -- G. K. Chesterton


While I agree with you that atheism is a belief, and scientifically un-testable, there is a distinction between religion and belief; beliefs in the supernatural are considered 'spirituality' where religion provides a framework and a power structure, social norms and dogma.

Comment Re: Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

No, it can't. It is lack of belief in deities, and, by extension, the supernatural. Usually the people claiming it is a religion are religious themselves and do it because they can't handle the possibility of people having morality that lacks dependency on the supernatural.

It can if you equate religion to dogma and compliance rather. To put it another way if a religion is made up of equal parts of dogma, social norms, belief and the supernatural then removing the supernatural leaves you with 75% of what religion provides.

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