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Podcasts / Re: Serial Podcast - Did he do it?
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 06:23:55 PM »
How many times have you changed yours?

Oh, only about fifteen or twenty. I'm not voting on the poll yet because I don't even know if I don't know.
So what's the feeling here, can an obese woman serve as a health minister in a country that's facing an obesity crisis?

I'm thinking she's probably not following a LCHF lifestyle (in fact I'm certain of it) but she's be a great recruit for our side.

g'd on yer, mate.
General Discussion / Re: Gender "Spaces"
« Last post by Beleth on Today at 05:13:51 PM »
If someone is deeply afraid or uncomfortable around half the species, while I sympathize, I think overcoming that fear should be a major goal of treatment.

That doesn't challenge the idea that such a woman should be able to go to a man-free shelter or treatment facility, but I want to be sure that we all agree that it's not "okay" to be afraid of all men. Not that such a woman is "bad" or "wrong," but accommodating that fear for the rest of her life is no solution.
Oh, cool, you've gotten certified as a domestic abuse counselor? That's fantastic, we could absolutely use more people who understand the nuances and complexities of the psychological damage emotional, physical, and financial abuse causes helping people in need.

Seriuously, Panda, this level of snark and scorn towards people who are trying to help does no good for anyone, or any cause.

Back to Redamare's comment: when someone is unhealthy, it's both rational and moral to help them (or at least encourage them) to get better. This means both physical health and mental health. Being uncomfortable around certain individuals is just good sense, but being uncomfortable around half the species is clearly unhealthy.
Health, Fitness, Nutrition, and Medicine / Re: Ebola
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 05:09:40 PM »
As long as she is careful and if she feels anything wrong at all she needs to get assistance, I think she is making the right call.
Speaking about Doctors without Borders, I gave a small donation to them a couple of days ago.
Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Sam, Bill, and Ben: Islam
« Last post by Rai on Today at 04:58:37 PM »
With creative use of doublethink, or monumental ignorance, sure.

Though, in this case, I am really not sure if the two can be divorced. Unless you come from a position that a generic muslim stereotype is responsible for the majority of acts of terrorism, which is de facto racism, it is really hard to justify what Harris is advocating.

Most acts of terrorism in the West are not committed by "jihadi-looking" folks (or even Muslims, for that matter), there is a huge range between the Tsarnaev Brothers and the Underwear Bomber, for instance. You have to have followed the bigotry rabbit very deep down into its lair to ignore this fact and advocate for the collective harassment of a vaguely defined ethnic group that you deem to be the scary "other".
General Discussion / Re: Black Eyed Children (Use in stories)?
« Last post by Jeremy's Sea on Today at 04:57:58 PM »
They can see your sins and revisit them upon you.

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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Sam, Bill, and Ben: Islam
« Last post by Desert Fox on Today at 04:35:55 PM »
Can you advocate a racist policy without being racist?

Asked that question in the fantasy setting. . . .How about Orcs, Goblins, and the like
I'm generally a pissy person, but what "opinion" are you referring to?
I didn't even express an opinion. I just linked to an article, but everyone's knee-jerk reaction is somehow always to dismiss everything as either wrong or irrelevant.
I'm just saying not every discussion has to be contrarian in nature.
If all you have to say in reply to something is "so what?" then maybe you shouldn't say anything at all.

Because when one is arguing that he is being progressive when it is basically standard catholic party line.
Last day! This was a fun and frustrating experiment. I don't know if I'll ever be able to look at a pot of Quinoa anytime soon. I've still got a 1/4 gal of Almond milk in the fridge, and a package of tofu that I'll probably put in the freezer and then end up throwing away the next time I clean it out in two years. I did lose 12 pounds over the 31 days, which is good since I was already trying to lose weight. I'm now under 200 lbs for the first time in a long time.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this diet unless you're willing to commit entirely to it. One piece of advice he gives is to clean out your kitchen of any of the "unapproved" foods that you have in your fridge and pantry. with a family of four with all kinds of different diet choices it's just not feasible for me.
Nonetheless, October will always be a vegetarian month for me.

Pot roast, potatoes and carrots for Sunday dinner, here I come.
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