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Matt Ellsworth
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The statements cited in this +VICE article may be the most recent and most egregious ones Dawkins has made, but the new atheist "movement" should have dumped him long, long ago.

Dawkins might only have grown to be truly repugnant in recent times, but his virulent disdain for those who dare to disagree with him is far older.
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Missed the mark with this one +The Onion , there are far more mockable targets in my hometown, even without resorting to "Baals" jokes.
Of course, they have it all wrong.  Johnny Appleseed and Pint N Slice are legit.
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In other words, NATO will try to do exactly what it is supposed to do: deter aggression against its member states.
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Whatever one's feelings about teaching children how to handle firearms in general, safely operating fully automatic rifles and SMG's requires a level of training and physical capability which I'd guess most 9 year-olds aren't equipped to attain.

This is likely a case of familiarity breeding complacency, which just makes it all the more tragic.
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Congratulations, #VoxMedia, you win today's award for Most Gratuitous Use of Flippancy on a ”News" Blog.

I read Vox because it's generally free from this kind of trash; if I really wanted someone's snide, shallow assessment of a major current event, I'd just go read the comments at #CNN .
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The Geneva Convention argument really isn't germane here; there are a LOT of things banned under it which are routinely used by US and foreign police forces.

Concerns about tear gas's potential long term effects are certainly worth exploring and, in my opinion, much more headline-worthy than spurious comparisons between domestic police forces and international rules of warfare.

You can use all the steel-core, armor piercing ammunition you want when fighting a war, but that doesn't make it OK for dispersing a crowd.
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The "expert" analysts' advice to Riot, quite rightly decried by the author of this article, seems to boil down to "be like Zynga, not like Valve".

Or like Blizzard. Or like any of a dozen other video game companies who are not only more respected but more stable and more profitable than "aggressive monetizers" like Zynga could ever hope to be.

If you're a game company looking to turn a quick profit and then crash and burn after 5 or 10 years, by all means, read this article and then do the opposite of what the author suggests.
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"Instant outrage" plagues many corners of the internet, but one would hope a professional journalist working at an honest to goodness newspaper (with a print edition and everything!) could avoid contributing to it.
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I fully recognize there's little or no ethical difference between eating cows and chickens or eating cats and dogs, but cultural biases are powerful things, and I can't help but be kind of repulsed by this.
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If they awarded Nobel prizes for television shows, this episode would have won.

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