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Darren Stansbury

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I'm no fan of Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, but I think that Ted should have avoided the GOP convention or at least declined a speaking invitation if he wished not to endorse Trump.

Was Ted Cruz right to agree to speak at the convention and then not endorse Trump in his speech for personal reasons? 
“I am watching and listening to make that decision," Cruz said. "The election isn’t today. What I don’t intend to do is go out and throw rocks at Donald. I don’t intend to criticize him."
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+Larry Pepper​​​​​​​ The base they're pandering to tends to be extremely misinformed also. These folks discount facts and willingly live in bubbles. They're who Trump spoke of when professing his love for the uneducated.

The fact is that the GOP base's loyalty is to candidates who couldn't care less about them after winning elections. This is not peculiar to Republican candidates. The Democrats have candidates with equal indifference toward their bases.

Corporations bear too much influence on both parties. This is part of what has angered Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders supporters and where they agree.

Hillary Clinton if elected would be the first female president, of course, but she would also be yet another Wall Street puppet. She offers more of what Trump and Sanders supporters are mad about. Also like her husband she is scandal prone.

Scandals aside the gender of the president might be the only change. Like President Obama she might not be extraordinarily different as president apart from the superficial difference. People expecting her to bring "a woman's touch" to the office may be disappointed. 
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Galen McKibben

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Okay, I can’t help myself. I just have to weigh in on the presidential campaign. I’m old enough that who wins between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump will probably make a fundamental difference in what happens in the world for the rest of my life.

My position: If she wins, Hilary will probably turn out to be the head of a “same ol’ same ol’” administration; largely dysfunctional when it comes to critical global issues such as growing resource inequality, climate change and terrorism but if Trump wins the world will be in deep trouble from the first day of his administration… or maybe the second day depending on his mood.

Reason: Trump lacks any moral or ethical grounding.

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+Galen McKibben McKibben. I did read into your comments when you talked about critical global issues. Those really are BIG ISSUES and only small steps for many many years might help those problems. Wish we had quick fixes but life and politics do not work that way. I do agree with you but am a realist. I could argue that Hillary as President "Would Be" a "same ol" kind of President BUT I also believe Hillary would try to do a great job and improve the lives of America. Donald Trump, on the other hand, would be like no other President in our history. If you want change then Donald fits that bill!
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amazing dubai

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Roling stone 72 years old singer mick jagger become father for the 8th time
A man can be a father no matter what is his age do you agree are not?
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James Brown

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Is there anything that could've stopped hillary? After the last few days, I'm starting to wonder if there was ever a possibility of Hillary not making it to the white house. Despite numerous major obstacles, she always seems to come out on top.

http://usnewsandyou.siterubix.com/hillary-clinton-will-be-the-next-president/
Will Donald Trump be president? No. Will Hillary Clinton be president? Yes. Hillary is most likely to win the election. She's escaped too many scandals
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goood
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Why Are We So Different From Other Animals?

Evolution is the term we use for the general theory of living things changing over vast periods of time. The mechanism that causes living things to change over time, or evolve, is what Charles Darwin called Natural Selection. Natural Selection is related to our DNA, our Genes, and how when we reproduce what happens is the new organism — Or child if you’re Human — Has a mixture of DNA from both parents. This explains why we see similarities in parents and their children.

Let’s first look at how we’re similar to Chimps. If you take for example a Tribe of Humans, who do not live under a government, but who still live the way that our ancient ancestors did, you’ll see that Human Tribes can only reach a size of about 100 to 150 individuals. This is partly because our brains can only remember so many faces. If the group exceeds that size, it will usually split in two. Now looking at Chimps, we see almost the exact same thing. Chimps live in groups of around 50 to 100 individuals. They have crude language through the use of grunts, moans, and other sounds, but no language in the sense that Humans have language. Chimps even have small skirmishes that can turn into full-blown conflicts lasting years, similar to how Humans war with one another. Chimps also cry, feel love, can learn sign language, can use crude tools, and so on. They’re very similar indeed.

So what separates us from them? One on One, a Human fighting against a Chimp, the Chimp would win because of it’s superior strength. But if you have a group of Humans who have sophisticated language, who can communicate and thus plan, make strategies and implement them, then the Chimps lose. This is why Humans dominate the world, and why Chimps are threatened by Humans.

The biggest difference between Humans and any other animal is that we possess sophisticated language. But we didn’t always possess this language. Only in the last 100,000 or 200,000 years or so did this mutation in our genes occur. Then ten thousand years ago we invented agriculture, allowing us to form towns on permanent settlements. This urged us to develop better tools, government, taxation, and so on. It has happened incredibly quick since we first began speaking language the way we do now. It is our language that has enabled us to leave behind the slow pace of biological evolution, allowing for cultural and technological evolutions to take over.

#Atheism #Evolution #Anthropology #Morality #Debate #Theism #NewAtheist #Science
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+Thomas Allan Sorry Thomas, looks like I've used the wrong word there (duel). For your benefit I should've used interact or perhaps just "debate"!
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Darren Stansbury

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Excluding people experimenting with their sexuality I think homosexuality and bisexuality are genetic.

Now, are they genetic defects? If so maybe medical science could eventually "correct" or prevent them.

If they are truly genetic how should those with religious objections deal with these "afflictions," pray for "healing"?
Scientists have found even more evidence that sexual orientation is largely determined by genetics, not choice. That can undermine a major argument against the LBGT community that claims that these people are choosing to live "unnaturally."
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+Thomas Allan​ Why would I ask you if mastuebation is natural?

You said homosexuality/bisexuality are unnatural and I was implying that the same has been said of masturbation and fetishes.

If there is a gay/bisexual gene then homosexuality and bisexuality are natural.

That leaves the question of whether they are defects or simply genetic variations. 
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The debate I bring you guys today is that  Reza Aslan present us in his book Zealot a very political Jesus a Jewish Nationalist a Zealot (in the link below in my review of his book present some of his central ideas about Jesus so youcan get an idea) that contrasts with the Pacifist Jesus of the Bible. Now from your point of view and what you know about Jesus do you think he was a Nationalist rebel, a spiritual leader and Pacifist or both? What are your view of this historical figure? What are your view on Reza Aslan?


http://cavoti.blogspot.com.ar/2016/03/book-review-and-analysis-of-reza-aslans.html
Reza Aslan Add caption The Zealot: Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth 2013 Now I discovered this author after watching is very interesting discussion that he had with a Fox news reporter when he was promoting thi...
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+MAtias Cavoti
As long as it suits you and your understanding of what you prefer or may have heard it seems one book is good and the other is not for you. Whereas I base my assertions on revealed knowledge and wisdom and I find his works in error, all of it, as  you cannot be mixing errors with truths and claim its acceptable. To me he writes to make a living and is able to convince the ignorant by telling them what they want to hear, which is naturally easier to do. .
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Agha Law

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The crime rate is increasing in the society.

Would you rather be of help , maybe while driving you see a stranger who asks for help or would you ignore?

In my view helping out should not prejudice your safety what are your thoughts.

aghaandassociates.blogspot.com
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I will not help
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Mary L
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Ethics & morality  - 
 
Should organ donation be assumed unless a person chooses to "opt out"?

Many lives have been saved or transformed through organ donation. Many people will express a wish to donate organs after their deaths, but die before registering for donation.
I don't think it matters to people, after they die, what is done to their bodies - but it matters to people who are still alive, and in need of a new organ.

I think it should be assumed.

https://www.unos.org/donation/facts/
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+Ken Johnson TOR stands for The Onion Router. It masks your identity when you're on the deep web, as long as you turn off your scripts or whatever, I don't really know because I don't plan on going on the deep web.
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Steve Don

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Are police officers in America trigger happy?

I think so. There does not seem to be any rules of engagement and judging by the news the police just shoot anybody even if the other person is unarmed or pinned down.

The British police manage to apprehend all manner of criminals wielding knives, machettes and god knows what else and nobody dies in the process
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It's interesting to mention, that even though USA is being show in media as "trigger happy" nation...(of course .07% only are), we ARE "incarceration happy" nation at rate of .71% of population.. but that is not fun to talk about.
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The Mind Voyager

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AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE!...Zakir Naik is an Islamic preacher, and the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation. He is also the founder of the "comparative religion" Peace TV channel through which he reaches a reported 100 million viewers.
According to this pedophile Naik, it is fine to marry and have sex with a girl of ten years if she began puberty. I FEEL SICK! Thoughts?
[3:46] Zakir Naik is an Islamic preacher, and the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation. He is also the founder of the “comparative religion” Peace TV channel through which he reaches a reported 100 million viewers. Religion is about interpretation. However according to Naik, it is fine to marry and have sex with a girl of ten years if she began puberty. In the modern world it’s just VERY VERY WRONG! [Source: Truth Seeker YouTu...
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+Frank Take I'm 68 and I have a good idea of how the media works. The Jewish tradition is going on now just as it always has. I grew up in Brooklyn around many jews. They live much quieter lives and much more private lives than the other two abrahamic religions.
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Mary L
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Should negligence by doctors be considered manslaughter?

Doctors have a duty of care to their patients, and it is assumed that they will act in the patients best interests. However, it is inevitable that performances will sometimes be below par, and it is not unknown for patients to die as a result of negligence. Under present law, if a patient dies due to negligence, their doctor can be accused of manslaughter. I think such a charge is too severe.
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James Brown

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Is anyone at all concerned about restrictions on free speech? Colleges are declaring themselves to be "safe spaces" where no one should be offended by any ideas. Do you guys this this a good way to protect young and diverse population from bigotry, or is it the first baby steps to silencing anyone who thinks differently?

http://usnewsandyou.siterubix.com/free-restricted-speech/
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Free speech is never going to die, being legal or not. However, morally, somethings are better unsaid
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Al-Qaeda, not the U.S. government, orchestrated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

A presidential administration that later mishandled disaster aid for Hurricane Katrina victims would have been incapable of orchestrating the 9-11 attacks and a massive cover up.

Why should we believe anything other than the official story regarding the 9-11 attacks? 
WASHINGTON -- It was a sunny and clear Tuesday morning in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sitting in the kitchen of my girlfriend's apartment, I was eating a bowl ...
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You guys are way too passionate to be credible. I was born and live in NY. I had close friends inside the towers when the planes hit. At the time, I worked for a company whose adjacent building also caught fire that morning. In the aftermath I volunteered. What does not make any sense is building 7. We may never know the truth, and perhaps that's better.
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Darren Stansbury

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Do you believe in soul mates?

I believe that the world may have multitudes of people who may be or become the ones for you. I also believe that just as people can grow apart they can grow closer.

If your relationship with one person dies you may have a choice of thousands, millions or billions of other suitable or potentially suitable mates to choose from. That's assuming that timing, location and circumstances allow you to choose from among them, to cast a wider net.
Our society trains us to ignore our instincts, and mocks those who “trust their gut.” Reality is your intuition is a powerful force in finding a soulmate.
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Mark Stephan

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Hmmm. Note that the analysis was posted in an AU article. The original posting from Houston didn't mention this...
A TEXAS mum who shot and killed her two daughters posted a message on Facebook in March demanding the right to keep semiautomatic handguns.
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Anizio Kirixi's profile photoSteve Don's profile photo
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So what. Banning firearms wont make a difference. We in the UK banned them years ago and we still have shootings only this time they are off the grid. Just means that law abiding people are penalized for the few but hey whats new
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