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I don't like Jehovah Witness and there are certain practices that should be banned such as parents stopping their children from getting blood transfusions but this is wrong

Russia's Supreme Court has accepted the government's request to designate Jehovah's Witnesses as an outlawed religious group, deeming it to be an extremist organisation.

The justice ministry argued that the group had distributed pamphlets which incited hatred against other groups.

Lawyers representing the group reject the claims and say they will appeal.

The denomination says it has 175,000 members in Russia - a country where it was persecuted during the Stalin era.

An estimated eight million people worldwide are part of the Christian-based movement, best known for going door-to-door looking for new converts.
Member Creations / Re: Using Patreon as a content creator
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 01:51:52 AM »
I'm using Patreon to get feedback as well as income, because my novel is a work in progress. If you already have finished works, then self-publishing via Amazon is definitely a way to go.
TV & Movies / Re: Arrival (2016)
« Last post by wastrel on Today at 01:48:15 AM »
This video explained to me why I liked this movie so goddamn much.

Spoiler heavy, this is only for those that have seen the movie.

Forum Games / Re: Skeptical Hangman
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 01:45:45 AM »
T for Tango, please.
Tech Talk / Re: Self-Driving Cars
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 01:28:25 AM »
My guess is that Phooey is 15 years old and is terrified that by the time he is old enough to drive, he won't be allowed to because all cars will be autonomous. He's never claimed to be an adult. The fact that new technology takes time to become ubiquitous, and there will be a long lag between the first availability of autonomous cars and the disappearance of human-driven cars means that his fear is unfounded.

"Sad, really, since he was relatively polite until fairly recently. "

So sad...

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible for a 15-year old to be polite.

I am sure your mother is a lovely person.

But what about flying cars?
What about them? We've had them for years, but they're not practical for most people to own and use regularly. Once self-driving technology is mature enough, I'm sure it will be applied to flying cars and the cost of ownership will come down. A bit.
To be fair, that image alone doesn't prove climate change, or really anything other than tyres, when burned, produce black smoke. It could be argued either that the smoke is not harmful, or that it dissipates into the atmosphere, or something like that. Then you have to go and find some actual data.
Did I say it did?
Did I say that you said it did?
I had to google, "decolonizing science," and it looks like a pro-magic / pro-supernatural / anti-secularism agenda packaged up in social justice language.  I'm sorry to hear that! 
Member Creations / Re: Using Patreon as a content creator
« Last post by Desert Fox on April 23, 2017, 11:49:00 PM »
I have a question with this. . . .I am wonder how I might be able to skirt some issues.

I have a huge Palladium RPG site, maybe the largest on the web, and I am sure some people would like to give me a couple of bucks a month. I don't want to get in trouble with Palladium Press. I thought about linking off my non-Palladium material and allowing people to support through there.

I was going to publish stories on Amazon and just try to get money that way but maybe Patreon would be better there as well?
I know that some stories, such as the Nickie stories, have gotten a lot of positive feedback as well.
I planned to attend the one in Richmond, VA. It turned out that it was organized by folks with a "decolonize science" agenda,  blocked traffic without a permit, etc. etc. They didn't publicize their agenda until Friday, so many scientists and science-supporters showed up to a very different scene than in DC. I decided not to go, and some scientists I know went but left, disappointed, before the "march" after being told they were the "problem."

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