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by avak
Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:17 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Game
Replies: 436
Views: 25437

Re: The Game

Oh, by the way, this is what Dale Carnegie has to say about it in How to Make Friends and Influence people: I was attending a banquet one night given in Sir Ross's honor; and during the dinner, the man sitting next to me told a humorous story which hinged on the quotation "There's a divinity t...
by avak
Sat Jul 04, 2009 2:52 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: I thought Obama was putting Science back in charge?
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: I thought Obama was putting Science back in charge?

The EPA also said in its statement: "The individual in question is not a scientist and was not part of the working group dealing with this issue. Nevertheless the document he submitted was reviewed by his peers and agency scientists, and information from that report was submitted by his manage...
by avak
Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: the opposites thread
Replies: 22
Views: 469

Re: the opposites thread

God, I feel left out. I guess I need to post more.

I wanted to suggest pot legalization as an issue that hasn't been discussed here much. My only hesitation is that it isn't controversial enough. In that case, I would suggest the Bush Doctrine.
by avak
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Conservatism and sexual deviancy. Correlated?
Replies: 31
Views: 839

Re: Conservatism and sexual deviancy. Correlated?

I thought the same thing Corth.... Sanford has since admitted to numerous 'indiscretions' with other women where he was just 'blowing off steam with the guys.' Of course, he still feels he is fit to govern and that his wife should let him work this out. What an ass! How arrogant can you be to still ...
by avak
Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Conservatism and sexual deviancy. Correlated?
Replies: 31
Views: 839

Re: Conservatism and sexual deviancy. Correlated?

According to the Ethnographic Atlas Codebook, of the 1231 societies noted, 186 were monogamous. 453 had occasional polygyny, 588 had more frequent polygyny, and 4 had polyandry. The difference between hypocritical liberals and hypocritical conservatives is that the cons are actively preaching from ...
by avak
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:25 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Should the government be able to force you to seek treatment
Replies: 34
Views: 1250

Re: Should the government be able to force you to seek treatment

I think the fair response would be: abortions terminate a non-viable life and do not harm the mother (in most cases). However, in most states, even abortions require the consent of the parent. I think US law has a fairly consistent treatment of the maturity of minors. Exceptions would probably inclu...
by avak
Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Conservatism and sexual deviancy. Correlated?
Replies: 31
Views: 839

Conservatism and sexual deviancy. Correlated?

Two up and coming Repubs in a week admit to extramarital affairs. Sanford even skipped Father's Day to be with his special lady friend. Both Ensign and Sanford voted for Clinton's impeachment. Both oppose gay marriage because it threatens the institute of traditional marriage. Wow, when the cons der...
by avak
Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Should the government be able to force you to seek treatment
Replies: 34
Views: 1250

Re: Should the government be able to force you to seek treatment

Uh yeah. Remember that polygamist cult bust in Texas a year or so ago? Extremely young kids were entering in to "spiritual marriages" with much, much older men. The general consensus was that the kids were fine with it because they had been indoctrinated from birth to see that practice as ...
by avak
Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Should the government be able to force you to seek treatment
Replies: 34
Views: 1250

Re: Should the government be able to force you to seek treatment

The point is that he is a minor and therefore unable to make decisions of this magnitude for himself. Or do you think his parents have taken a hands off approach and the 13 year old is calling the shots? Since this seems to be a theme...imagine an infant in a hospital...two years old. Her parents wa...
by avak
Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:21 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Should the government be able to force you to seek treatment
Replies: 34
Views: 1250

Re: Should the government be able to force you to seek treatment

No. The government should not be able to force 'you' to seek treatment. The government should, however, continue to be involved in the welfare of our youth. Therefore, demanding treatment is tantamount to the welfare of this child. The alternative would be to remove him from his biological parents a...
by avak
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

the Bible is full of shit that doesn't fly in our modern society How well do you know the Bible, Avak, by your own admission? Like many, I have tried to read it from front to back. I obviously don't believe in it, but in a pursuit of intellectual honesty I have to acknowledge its role in our cultur...
by avak
Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

You're absolutely right...hiring a hitman to kill your wife is not the same as you killing her yourself. Unfortunately, the law views that a little differently because in reality it is essentially the same thing. Make a god your hitman...that's even worse, imo.
by avak
Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

You missed my point, Kiryan. In fact, you essentially reinforce it. My point was that this whack job (fringe? maybe) is using scripture to legitimize this crazy imprecatory prayer nonsense. Again, this goes back to a central issue...the Bible is full of shit that doesn't fly in our modern society. H...
by avak
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

I've only skimmed the last 3 pages of this thread, but I wanted to just throw this in the mix: Drake, former SBC officer, says he's praying for Obama to die (updated) NEW YORK (ABP) -- A former Southern Baptist Convention officer who on June 2 called the death of abortion provider George Tiller an a...
by avak
Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Shev?
Replies: 59
Views: 4228

Re: Shev?

It really boils down to a few fundamental points that I believe lead to the high level of frustration. 1 - It is essentially an open source game...many people have dedicated thousands upon thousands of hours to the development of the environment (players and coders/admins alike). Just because one pa...
by avak
Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

Yeah, that makes a -ton- of sense.

Thanks for clarifying. Passages in Matthew and Luke say the old law is still valid, but whatever...I probably just don't get it.
by avak
Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

Yeah, I really don't intend to ridicule christianity despite the fact that I clearly am. I'm just making a roundabout point.

So, explain to a noob why the old testament (written by God?) "doesn't count"?
by avak
Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

What I love about the bible is that it is the perfectly crafted propaganda tool. You can interpret it any way you want; claiming crap like 'intent', 'modernism', 'old testament vs new' etc etc (eg. slavery and women as property). But then you can always pull the untouchable card: 'the Bible says so'...
by avak
Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

Violent scripture may increase aggression-study DALLAS, March 6 (Reuters Life!) - Violent passages in religious texts can increase aggressive behavior in people, especially if they are true believers and the violence is sanctioned by God, according to a new U.S. and Dutch study. article For both gro...
by avak
Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

Well, to be honest, I was just trying to incite you because I know what you meant. However, negotiation and diplomatic talks are certainly vastly more in vogue than they were four years ago, no? The US considers countries like Iran a 'sponsor of terrorism' which is nuanced enough for me to get a hea...
by avak
Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Re: Talking works

Wait a second! I want to hear from the people that said negotiation was "stupid and naive" and "defeat".

http://www.torilmud.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=16443
by avak
Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:11 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Shev?
Replies: 59
Views: 4228

Re: Shev?

The future of Kim Il Sung's Korea is firmly guaranteed under the wise guidance of Kim Jong Il who adopted Kim Il Sung Constitution on holding him in high esteem as the eternal President of the DPRK, carried forward his idea and exploits 100 percent and carried on all state affairs including the Part...
by avak
Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Talking works
Replies: 204
Views: 3352

Talking works

Long gone are the days of, "we'll never negotiate with terrorists!" The mocking that Obama took for proposing he would talk to nations like Syria and Iran is ancient history. Analysts Cite Obama Effect in Lebanese Election BEIRUT, Lebanon — There were many domestic reasons why voters hande...
by avak
Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Soda tax
Replies: 43
Views: 1486

Re: Soda tax

Property taxes are a tax for services. That is why they are vastly more expensive in town than out in the middle of the country...more services. Start your house on fire and see who comes...regardless of whether you own or rent, have 0% equity or 100%...believe in abortion bans or evolution. Everyon...
by avak
Thu May 28, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Where's Shevarash been lately
Replies: 12
Views: 1044

Re: Where's Shevarash been lately

Perhaps he was injured chasing the cheese with his fully sick boys. Chk Chk boom!

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by avak
Mon May 25, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: More government abuse of property rights
Replies: 19
Views: 1093

Re: More government abuse of property rights

Well Teflor, I -am- a farmer. Small scale and part-time, but I am immersed in farm issues. My dad is a full-time farmer, conventional and niche, and has two farms separated by about 60 miles. I know -exactly- how much it costs to transport equipment. Things are probably a little different in PA than...
by avak
Mon May 25, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: More government abuse of property rights
Replies: 19
Views: 1093

Re: More government abuse of property rights

Any chance you have a teleporter device that will make their combines and tractors appear magically in a disjointed piece of land possibly miles away? http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/7329/73650dsc0268.jpg Farms with completely contiguous land are more rare than people that know everything about ev...
by avak
Sat May 16, 2009 12:38 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Interesting email...
Replies: 15
Views: 776

Re: Interesting email...

Hmmm, so he points out rural versus urban? Not exactly breakthrough research. Certainly slanted presentation. Here's a couple of interesting points though: "Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million" - apparently repubs don't vote. Hemline is either an ...
by avak
Fri May 15, 2009 7:15 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Where's Shevarash been lately
Replies: 12
Views: 1044

Re: Where's Shevarash been lately

Emo frogs....staring at their feet.

I also like how they have their tongues in the girls' pants.

Classy photo.
by avak
Fri May 08, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: More government abuse of property rights
Replies: 19
Views: 1093

Re: More government abuse of property rights

The craziest part of the deal is that they say they need 2,200 acres!!! Uh, nearly four square miles?!?

The whole matter still has to be heard in court though.
by avak
Thu May 07, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: More government abuse of property rights
Replies: 19
Views: 1093

Re: More government abuse of property rights

Eminent domain is also a leverage tool for the government. Put yourself in the shoes of a private land owner. The gov't comes in and wants the land for this memorial...okay, the gov't has -a lot- of money, so you play hardball. Say you ask for triple what the market rate is. In the business world, t...
by avak
Sun May 03, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Gay Marriage
Replies: 19
Views: 593

Re: Gay Marriage

I wonder what percent of same sex marriages are officiated by 'amateurs' so to speak. I have officiated three weddings by way of the infamous online ordination. I really love doing it because hardly anyone I know wants some religious browbeating ceremony these days. The ordination literally took me ...
by avak
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Pirates
Replies: 41
Views: 2455

Re: Pirates

So are you saying that we request special polar bear ninjas on all ships?

And I read this after posting...pretty interesting information:
http://ask.metafilter.com/107509/how-do-pirates-hijack-a-supertanker
by avak
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Pirates
Replies: 41
Views: 2455

Pirates

Obviously the morning news was that the American captain was rescued in dramatic fashion. That news was quickly followed by news that the pirates are going to make us (America) pay. And then the consequent back and forth over how to protect ourselves and stop this piracy madness. So, I just wanted t...
by avak
Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Worst Mom of the Year - not safe for work
Replies: 12
Views: 609

Re: Worst Mom of the Year - not safe for work

I especially like you can go the pr0n route after you see a little blood and guts. Best of web.
by avak
Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: General discussion? Seems more like "Political Discussion"
Replies: 20
Views: 1665

Re: General discussion? Seems more like "Political Discussion"

This cause for concern really mystifies me. It isn't very hard to sort through the modest number of posts on General Discussion. Don't read the political ones if you don't want to! It would appear to me that the front page of general discussion covers an entire month of posts. I mean, really? It's n...
by avak
Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Join my Mafia
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: Join my Mafia

Facebook is actually massively superior because it allows for so many privacy options. It isn't true that you have to sign up to look at pages if the person with the page has a completely public profile. AFAIK myspace allows you to either be entirely public or entirely private....with just a couple ...
by avak
Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Obama Rips on Special Olympics, Atheletes
Replies: 47
Views: 2914

Re: Obama Rips on Special Olympics, Atheletes

OKay fine, serious response. Making off the cuff jokes like the one he made is pretty standard fare. Pointed insults become part of the common, watered down vernacular and people stop thinking about the meaning. Think about all of the crazy slang that is out there...some examples: chick, babe, tit, ...
by avak
Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Obama Rips on Special Olympics, Atheletes
Replies: 47
Views: 2914

Re: Obama Rips on Special Olympics, Atheletes

Pardon my party foul for those of you with your active ignore lists...I'll be quoting Teflor now. ---- Am I supposed to take this seriously or pee my pants laughing? Unlike Obama, I believe in "the weak." I believe in the ability of an individual from third class to move themselves to firs...
by avak
Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Obama Rips on Special Olympics, Atheletes
Replies: 47
Views: 2914

Re: Obama Rips on Special Olympics, Atheletes

Irony that you subtly associate the Special Olympics athletes and "the weak?"

That is the only interesting thing about the post.

"Most Americans Agree"
by avak
Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Lets Talk Food
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Lets Talk Food

Simple winter soup. I usually make this (sometimes double recipe) for cold, miserable winter days like today. While deceptively simple, if you use the best ingredients you can get you will be really happy. Can be made as thin or thick as desired, depending on simmer times. 1 qt canned heirloom tomat...
by avak
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Are teachers underpaid or not?
Replies: 322
Views: 10039

Re: Are teachers underpaid or not?

Yeah, I remember in high school some of us hid the textbook from the American History teacher and for -days- we did nothing...essentially a study hall...until someone gave him his book back. He was helpless without it. I think the conservatives (a lot of them anyway) will find some reason to be skep...
by avak
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: Are teachers underpaid or not?
Replies: 322
Views: 10039

Re: Are teachers underpaid or not?

Obama takes on teachers' unions
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090310/pl_politico/19824

I just had to bump this because Obama is a policy maniac. It is truly impressive how ambitious his administration is.
by avak
Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: I dare you to defend the UAW
Replies: 21
Views: 771

Re: I dare you to defend the UAW

So the solution is that the unions should start being 'reasonable' about their expectations? In other words, they should not negotiate as hard as they can? lol Guess what corporations do with windfall profits? They go to executive bonuses and shareholders. That is the reward for exceptional strategi...
by avak
Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The basic standard of living
Replies: 59
Views: 2792

Re: The basic standard of living

One of my new favorites involves a cast iron pan. Put the pan in the oven on broil for 30 mins. It will get hot as hell. So hot that you need a leather glove and a pot holder to grab it. It will also smoke a lot, depending on how well seasoned it is. Then put the pan on a gas eye at high for another...
by avak
Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The Corporation
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: The Corporation

Fair enough, Corth, but do they have to have the same rights as people to be effective?

This coming from someone perfectly happy to use the corporate veil in my business life.
by avak
Sun Feb 22, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The basic standard of living
Replies: 59
Views: 2792

Re: The basic standard of living

Man Corth, you need to get hooked up with some local farmers. I suppose that is a major challenge in your part of the world though. I'm raising my first set of grassfed, grain-finished cattle this year...which steak snobs might argue is too lean. Have you tried any kobe beef? That stuff is wild. But...
by avak
Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:56 am
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: The basic standard of living
Replies: 59
Views: 2792

Re: The basic standard of living

There's also no health care in there Corth.

And what in the hell are you buying that costs $700/month for food?
by avak
Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: How did you meet?
Replies: 99
Views: 6601

Re: How did you meet?

Pril wrote:I wear a Micky Mouse watch with a plastic band. Does that attract girls?

Yes, wrong thread though.
by avak
Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: T2 General Discussion Archive
Topic: How did you meet?
Replies: 99
Views: 6601

Re: How did you meet?

I do have a few female friends, however it doesn't seem like they have any single friends! In fact, I have a long track record of meeting women I find interesting only to find they already have a boyfriend, fiance or husband. Well, not that long... but it makes a good percentage of the women I've m...

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