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Forum: The Crucible

The serious stuff. Debates and discussions on politics, religion, etc.

  1. Athiests: Does religious icons annoy you?

    Inspired by this piece from the Telegraph A group of American Athiests have filed a lawsuit to remove a cross from downtown Manhattan and is a breach of separation of church and state, due to its status as an icon? So, do you find religious...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 28 Jul 2011 11:21 AM
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  2. Has profanity lost its impact?

    While wandering around the other day it was hard to ignore the large amount of profanity that seems to be more common than not these days. Most loud conversations between people seemed to use swearing as punctuation more than anything else. I was...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 20 Jul 2011 10:36 AM
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  3. Believers: How do you have faith?

    I lost whatever faith I might have had at the age of ten and I'd probably come out closer to the atheist end of the spectrum than agnostic. The odd thing is, though, that I kind of wish I did have faith. It seems like a beautiful thing and while...

    Started by Zuul‎, 11 Jul 2011 08:20 PM
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    20 Jul 2011 12:03 AM Go to last post
  4. The Noble Truth?

    An interesting case has occured in Britain over a journalist using a certain amount of artistic licence in several interviews he had. Instead of putting down the spoken words of the interviewee, he instead replaced what they had said with pieces...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 29 Jun 2011 11:13 AM
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    11 Jul 2011 08:14 PM Go to last post
  5. John Galliano - Racist or Drug Addled

    John Galliano, the designer, is currently on trial for racial abusing people in a cafe. It seems that the details of what occured are not really in doubt, but his defence is that he is not a racist, but that the outbursts are the effects of all...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 23 Jun 2011 09:39 AM
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    23 Jun 2011 12:59 PM Go to last post
  6. A splintered world wide web

    ICANN has now approved a huge increase to what can be considered as a TLD, so that not only will .com and .net be joined by thousands of other variations, but that non-latin characters will also be allowed so that domain names will be available in...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 21 Jun 2011 11:15 AM
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    23 Jun 2011 01:38 AM Go to last post
  7. Can/Should you raise a child "genderless?"

    Here's an article about a couple who is trying to do just that. Personally, I think it's going to be a wasted effort on their part. I think gender is not something we "choose," and being born a particular sex and being the opposite gender (or...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 24 May 2011 11:14 AM
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    11 Jun 2011 12:03 AM Go to last post
  8. Loyalty

    Loyalty, especially to my country, is something pretty important to me. Reading up on the American Revolution has caused me to ask myself a pretty unsettling question, that I'll now pose to you lot. Do you believe that as you are now, you...

    Started by hobbler‎, 07 Jun 2011 12:57 PM
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    09 Jun 2011 01:46 PM Go to last post
  9. Playing golf on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is probably a day that most people on the board would be remembering those who had been in service and given their lives. However, a few of the reporters over here are decrying Obama's decision to play golf in the afternoon instead...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 31 May 2011 11:28 AM
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    02 Jun 2011 01:37 PM Go to last post
  10. How important is Fashion?

    Several of the big news stories over the past month or so have been hijacked by what appears to be the incredibly important views of who is wearing what. Now admittedly, a royal wedding is an opportunity to for everyone to put on their finest,...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 26 May 2011 11:10 AM
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    26 May 2011 11:58 PM Go to last post
  11. Ass-hole radio ratings way, way down.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/24/rush-limbaugh-ratings-tum_n_866022.html I have a lot of theories about what happened to talk radio, but there is one thing that certainly did happen: The established snarky hosts went from cranky, amusing,...

    Started by Oliveloaf‎, 24 May 2011 11:07 AM
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    25 May 2011 12:09 AM Go to last post
  12. An Eye for an Eye

    Pretty literally in this case. Iranian woman Ameneh Bahrami was blinded when she had acid thrown over her by a stalker Majid Movahedi after his appraaches were repeatedly rebuffed. She was not dressed provocatively and was a model citizen. Now...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 18 May 2011 08:23 AM
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  13. Should Sarah Palin run for Republican Candidate?

    The Republican field is wide open and despite everything she still has a very wide media presence. Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump are not in it, so the field is wide open for someone to come through to represent them. But it would mean giving up...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 17 May 2011 11:58 AM
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    18 May 2011 06:24 PM Go to last post
  14. Poll Poll: A test for how long you will live?

    A new test has been developed and about to be marketed which would hope to give a rough estimate of the time left remaining in your life through a simepl blood test. It works by testing telomeres, which sit on the end of chromosones and wear away...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 16 May 2011 05:21 AM
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    17 May 2011 12:56 AM Go to last post
  15. Defamation on the Internet

    Over the last week or so, a twitter user has named and shamed multiple British personalities, celebrities and sportspeople as having obtained the super injunctions which prevents any reporting of misconduct they may have carried out. In general,...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 12 May 2011 09:37 AM
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    12 May 2011 04:53 PM Go to last post
  16. Slut Walks

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/06/slutwalking-policeman-talk-clothing So what's the deal with this? It is somewhat true that if kids weren't so hyper-sexualized via dress there wouldn't be as many issues with rape and such.

    Started by hobbler‎, 08 May 2011 11:19 AM
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    12 May 2011 05:46 AM Go to last post
  17. Poll Poll: So, who would be a Royal then?

    In a mysterious twist of fate, you have an option to: Be born into a Royal Family Marry into a Royal Family Remain just as you are. If you are born into the Royal Family, you will always have money and a small amount of influence, but...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 03 May 2011 10:44 AM
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    10 May 2011 09:14 AM Go to last post
  18. Geronimo = Osama bin Laden = Offensive?

    The actual mission was called Operation Neptune's Spear. Osama bin Laden's code name as an individual was Jackpot. If he was captured or killed, the code word was Geronimo. It's the last one that has a number of Native Americans upset. I've seen...

    Started by Zuul‎, 05 May 2011 12:15 PM
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    09 May 2011 05:50 PM Go to last post
  19. How advanced can a civilization get without space exploration?

    This xkcd strip got me thinking about this question. There are a lot of technological advances that we have made thanks to space travel, but would we have eventually made those same advances without that impetus? One thing that gets talked about...

    Started by Zuul‎, 02 May 2011 02:31 PM
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    08 May 2011 11:24 AM Go to last post
  20. What do you vote for?

    A vote is made out by many people to be a very important thing that can be used to express your opinion and can bring down governments if enough of you decide you don't like the current incumbents. But many people seem to feel disenfranchised by the...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 04 May 2011 09:49 AM
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    06 May 2011 12:50 PM Go to last post
  21. Calm Down Dear - it's just a sexist comment?

    It used to be the catchphrase of a commercial starring Michael Winner for e-sure car insurance (they are terrible btw) and has now turned into a major political row when the PM used the phrase referring to a female member of the opposition. ...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 28 Apr 2011 06:49 AM
    • Replies: 11
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    01 May 2011 02:53 PM Go to last post
  22. Evolution

    I've been doing a bit of research on evolution, and confused myself, as I seem to do any time I try to understand something. So, what do you think about evolution?

    Started by Trojan Man‎, 24 Apr 2011 07:49 AM
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    26 Apr 2011 01:06 AM Go to last post
  23. ANZAC Day - gays and Muslims

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/latest/9255137/christian-leader-uses-anzacs-to-hit-gays/ The head of the Australian Christian Lobby and a one-time SAS commander, used Twitter on Monday to say: "Just hope that as we remember servicemen...

    Started by Trojan Man‎, 25 Apr 2011 12:43 AM
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    26 Apr 2011 12:20 AM Go to last post
  24. Are things getting worse, or better?

    Well, are they? Global climate change, depletion of easy energy resources, continued ethnic conflicts, obesity epidemic, continued existence of bloodyminded dictatorships etc. vs more people in the developing world escaping from poverty,...

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 25 Apr 2011 12:42 PM
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    25 Apr 2011 08:35 PM Go to last post
  25. Well that's the end of the book publishing industry.

    http://futurebook.net/content/kindle-e-book-library-lending-wtf Books are fucked!

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 20 Apr 2011 10:52 AM
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  26. Woman beaten in Baltimore McDonald's, employee videos it

    Story here, shamelessly stolen from Facebook. A lot of people are talking about how the bystanders should have done something (personally, I don't want to get shot in Baltimore, so fuck that), but this isn't the first time a woman's been beaten...

    Started by Peeta Mellark‎, 23 Apr 2011 04:00 PM
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  27. Metaphor for the human brain

    The human brain has been described as the most complicated structure scientists have so far observed. And so, when describing how it works, often a metaphor is chosen which reflects this level of complexity. It seems that the operations of the human...

    Started by AllWalker‎, 27 Nov 2009 12:58 AM
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    23 Apr 2011 04:04 PM Go to last post
  28. Do the new .XXX domains make any sense?

    The .xxx domains were released to auction today for purchase, but what is the point of them. Any porn site using them is going to get blocked from half the globe, the major porn sites are not going to give up their .com address which is still the...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 19 Apr 2011 12:37 AM
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  29. The Huffington Post Lawsuit.

    Recently the high profile leftwing news site Huffington Post was sold to AOL for $315m with the majority of the money going to the two owners of the site. Now, most of the content was created by bloggers and added for free. They claim that...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 13 Apr 2011 05:56 AM
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    14 Apr 2011 02:03 PM Go to last post
  30. Poll Poll: A Change in Election process

    On 5th May, the UK goes to the polls to determine if it wants to change the election process currently used to something different. The current process is First Past the Post (FPTP), the suggested amendment is to change the process to Alternative...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 05 Apr 2011 09:02 AM
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  31. How much force should a teacher use to discipline a child?

    Twenty or thirty years ago it used to be common for corporal punishment to be used in British schools as punishment for infractions. Nowadays, it seems that the teachers are not allowed to touch any of the pupils to discipline them. It seems that...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 07 Apr 2011 08:53 AM
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  32. Gay marriage ban in Indiana

    The Indiana legislature is working on a constitutional amendment which states that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized. Such progressive states as Michigan...

    Started by Dave‎, 10 Apr 2011 01:45 AM
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    11 Apr 2011 04:21 PM Go to last post
  33. Hostility between theists and atheists

    It happens. We all know it happens. The question is why? I generally keep my religious views to myself, feeling no need to share them unless the topic actually comes up. Even when it does, I usually try to sidestep it unless it feels like a...

    Started by Peeta Mellark‎, 06 Apr 2011 11:06 AM
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  34. Ableism

    Ableism is a central concept in disability rights. The term was originally popularized by Thomas Hehir, a special education scholar who defined it as “'the devaluation of disability' that 'results in societal attitudes that uncritically assert that...

    Started by Peeta Mellark‎, 02 Apr 2011 12:08 PM
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    04 Apr 2011 09:27 PM Go to last post
  35. Fair Tax Discussion Thread

    This thread is to discuss the Fair Tax. What it is, what it does, and how can it be implemented. My congressman is the lead sponsor of the Fair Tax. And the radio talk show host I listen to every day is the author of the fair tax book. So I will...

    Started by Glazer‎, 30 Mar 2011 04:50 PM
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    04 Apr 2011 08:51 AM Go to last post
  36. What action should we take in Libya?

    Currently Libya has descended into Civil war between Gadaffi's troops and the rebels who would like to see him overthrown. It is likely that without any external assistance Gadaffi will win as he has heavier firepower and more troops to throw at the...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 14 Mar 2011 10:56 AM
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  37. Banning Cars from Cities

    The EU are looking at putting forward legislation that would ban all petrol and diesel cars from city as a way of drastically cutting Carbon emissions. Electric cars and public transport would be exempt from these limits. So would this be a good...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 29 Mar 2011 08:08 AM
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    30 Mar 2011 06:20 PM Go to last post
  38. When is armed struggle against the state justified?

    I'm curious what you all think are the necessary criteria to justify individuals or groups of individuals in a society taking up arms against the state. Many current nations states (including the one I live in) were born of armed struggle against...

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 25 Mar 2011 12:08 AM
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  39. The Government of Canada just fell

    Election's coming.... Really, I don't have a lot to say about it, just thought I'd mention it.

    Started by Rube E. Tewesday‎, 25 Mar 2011 02:24 PM
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  40. Is the Republican Party liable to split?

    I don't know a whole lot about American politics but it seems to me like the Republican Party is being hijacked, for want of a better term, by the Tea Party. Are there many Republicans who dislike the Tea Party and its policies? Are there enough to...

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 24 Mar 2011 08:59 PM
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    25 Mar 2011 07:29 AM Go to last post
  41. Should there be a personal asset cap?

    Some folks think that individuals should not be allowed to own assets over a certain amount, to prevent wealth from accumulating in the hands of a few. I'm not in favor of it, but I was wondering if anyone else here is. And if so, what should...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 14 Feb 2011 10:18 AM
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  42. Live sex demonstration at Northwestern University

    A professor at Northwestern University has caused controversy by staging a life sex demonstration for his human sexuality class. The demonstration happened outside the class, and attendance was totally voluntary. It consisted of a nude woman being...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 04 Mar 2011 09:19 AM
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  43. When (if ever) does it become offensive to co-opt a relgious tradition when you're not a member of the religion?

    I was reading a "what are you doing for Lent" thread on another message board, and inevitably every year, someone says that they aren't Catholic/Christian, but that they observe Lent by giving something up. Usually the reason is given that they...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 28 Feb 2011 01:48 PM
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    05 Mar 2011 09:00 AM Go to last post
  44. Should prisoners be allowed to vote?

    A major upcoming debate in the UK parliament is over the voting rights of prisoners and whether they should be allowed to vote in elections. The European Court of Human Rights has stated that as there is no law against it, that criminals should...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 09 Feb 2011 08:54 AM
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    05 Mar 2011 03:26 AM Go to last post
  45. Censorship and facebook.

    Context: We've got an election coming up tomorrow where our ruling government of the last 14 years who have dragged us into the biggest financial crisis evah are going to be replaced. The heirs apparent are Fine Gael (finnah gale) who command about...

    Started by The Original An Gadaí‎, 24 Feb 2011 04:37 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    28 Feb 2011 08:14 AM Go to last post
  46. How/Why do doctors and scientists fall for the woo?

    Actress Mayim Bialik recently wrote this piece, in which she explains why, among other things, she has not put either of her children in speech, occupational, or physical therapy, despite the fact that they are apparently fairly seriously...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 21 Feb 2011 04:01 PM
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  47. Would you lie to start a war and bring down a regime?

    Because it appears that is more or less what happened to start the Iraq war. The defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, also known as Curveball, has admitted telling lies to the German and USA Secret Services about Iraq having WMD in an attempt to...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 15 Feb 2011 10:39 AM
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    15 Feb 2011 11:49 AM Go to last post
  48. Has Valentine's Day lost its romance?

    It's Valentine's Day, the one day of the year you are supposed to make a romantic gesture to the one you love and admire. It's named after Saint Valentine, who went supposedly went round marrying Christian romans when it was illegal to do so....

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 14 Feb 2011 08:06 AM
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  49. Companies that won't hire smokers - good or bad?

    There is an article in today's International Herald Trib (probably in the NYT as well, since NYT publishes IHT) describing the growing trend among employers to refuse to hire smokers. They can find nicotine in the system through testing, of course,...

    Started by Hatshepsut‎, 11 Feb 2011 05:48 AM
    • Replies: 26
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  50. What rights should prisoners have?

    Inspired by the should prisoners have the right to vote thread. Let's say we're talking about criminals in federal penitentiary, who have a record of good behavior. What rights should they have? Decent food and basic medical care I think are...

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 10 Feb 2011 11:56 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    10 Feb 2011 11:02 PM Go to last post

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