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    posted a message on Cops Seize Town Meeting
    O Canada, our home and native land...
    True patriot love in all thy sons' command.
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    posted a message on a Game of Thrones
    This show is awesome. It's like Lord of the Rings but with more blood... and boobs... Erm. If I were saying this anywhere but here I would be worried about sounding like a freak.
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    posted a message on Rate the Signature above! (1-10)
    8/10. Super cool that it's animated - and props for Fallout! I agree that there's a bit much going on. Perhaps if you chose one of those two guys (rather than both) and got rid of the other.

    Also the "I'm about to choke a b***h in hea!" quote and ASCII character kind of take away from it a bit, tbh.
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    posted a message on HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
    Congratulations, America.
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    posted a message on Demographics
    Quote from kdt05b

    I appreicate the discussion and thank you for the point's you've made. I'll certainly consider them in all future posts. I honestly hadn't really thought about how dated some of the points I'd made were.

    As an aside about being an agnostic. And again, this is by no means an attack on you or anything. But if you are not looking for the truth (whatever you find to be your truth) then you will remain an agnostic forever. Just a thought.

    Peace.

    There's nothing wrong with being an agnostic. I have found my truth. My philosophy is such that I believe human beings are too flawed and our perceptions too limited to ever really know anything for sure - as such I cannot fully deny or accept any god.
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    posted a message on Demographics
    I continue to disagree with your idea of what constitutes a society. There are countless Muslim people who do not live in primarily Muslim countries or Arabic countries and live life by very different rules. There are different ways to take Islam, just as there are different ways to take Christianity, Judaism etc. Islam is only a part of someone's culture, and there are extraordinary differences between a Muslim living in Palestine versus a Muslim living in Canada (for example). To lump all people of one religion together as if they all had exactly the same culture is a bit ridiculous, in my opinion.

    Again you're talking about "an area" that is "pure theocracy" etc, you're still not naming any particular place(s). The entire Middle East is not run by militant Islamist groups or Muslim dictators (especially in recent years as things have begun to change there). Three are some countries with a lot of freedom in terms of culture and religion - just as much as you might find in America. Just as an American might look down at someone for being a foreigner or for being non-christian or non-white (not all Americans, obviously, but some) so to might some of the people in these nations do the same for non-muslims or non-arabs, but that is true almost anywhere.

    If you want to be more specific and say maybe Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, then I could agree with the notion of violent reprisal for non-Islamic beliefs, etc. When it comes to a 'ruling elite' - Hell, look at the Roman Catholic church and their papalcy!

    I don't see how my personal religious beliefs enter into this discussion, but I will quickly address the matter so that people understand what I'm talking about: Agnostic Atheism is not an oxymoron. It means that while I believe in no deity or God, I am open to the possibility that one might exist. I find there to be little to no evidence that God, A God, or Gods exist - but my personal philosophy prevents me from speaking empirically on the matter. You can choose to think of me as a lazy atheist if you so choose, but it's not about being lazy. It's about deciding that there is not enough evidence on either side of the debate to make an intelligent decision.
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    posted a message on What I hate about the hospital
    Lebron James
    Cigarettes
    Hating Things (scratch that, hates that too).


    ;) All in good fun.
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    posted a message on Demographics
    Quote from kdt05b

    Inspired not so much by the thread topic, but from the discussion that arose from Daemaro's post here, I thought I'd share a video I came across a couple months ago. Looking at it, it's actually been two years since it was uploaded, so maybe it's old news and I'm just really behind the times.
    I don't know how to embed the video, so if somebody else wants to, it's this one.
    What are your thoughts on this?

    Living in the US, the way I see it, in not too many years, we'll either be owned by China, or in not many more years, we will become a Muslim nation.

    Now before people tear into me (I don't think anybody here would, but all the "discussions" on Kotaku and Gizmodo and such make me want to add a disclaimer), I want to point out that I have nothing against Muslims as individuals. I do believe that as a society, you are in it until you die...or else. I also think that as a nation they are nothing more than bullies. You might have to dig to find information, but there is a reason why Nike is the #1 supporter of Muslims internationally, and in my opinion, from what I've read/heard, it is mainly due to threats of the infamous "jihad"

    Now, I have never made a formal study of any of this. I just find all the little tidbits of information quite interesting. I welcome any- and everybody to correct me on points that are incorrect. So...back on topic...what are your thoughts?

    Your errors and misguided ideas are quite numerous (esp. in regards to Islam). I myself am an agnostic atheist w/ no Muslim or Arabic ancestry, but I at least understand a few of these key facts:

    Islam is not a society. It is a religion. You are not in it until you die anymore than you are w/ Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism. You can convert out of it just like any other religion. As with any other religion, you may or may not experience backlash based on the sorts of people you know.

    Islam is also not a nation. Now, I'm pretty sure you knew this and weren't speaking literally - but then I must ask which nation you were speaking of. There are no nations that are 100% Muslim. There are countries with a majority, but to suggest that most of them are "bullies" anymore than most Western or Eastern powers is absolutely ridiculous. Look at America, Britain, North Korea, China. Those countries are dangerous bullies in their own rights.

    What on earth does Nike have to do with anything? Where are you getting the idea that Nike is the #1 supporter of Muslims? That doesn't even make sense. Do you mean they donate the most money to mosques, that they personally fund Muslim people, or that they invest in Muslim-run countries/companies? You can't just throw such a vague and relatively meaningless fact into an argument for no good reason - so what's your reason?

    A Jihad? Seriously? The Muslim world is going to hold a Jihad against Nike? Yeah - right. Not only does the Muslim world as a whole not condone any Jihads, Jihad doesn't even always refer to a "holy war" as most people in the West incorrectly assume. I believe it means "struggle" and there are many personal ways in which to experience Jihad.

    At most one small group of Muslims might announce their hatred for Nike (who, btw, is a terrible organization that has and does abuse international child labour) - but how is this different than any other group announcing a hatred for any other organization? Should PETA or GreenPeace be denounced for hating companies that do animal testing? Should we assume that all Americans are associated with these groups and that they all believe the same way?

    I'm glad you're at least open to listen to reason - but you've really got a long way to come. The American government and media has done an awful lot to skew your impression of foreign nations and exotic religions. The amount of xenophobia bred into Americans from birth is just shocking.

    I sincerely hope you do some more research on Islam, the Middle East, and the world in general before you make any more such statements. I'm not going to go into anything further about Christianity or America or the idea that change is somehow evil, but I want to ask that you seriously consider your stance on all these points and really ask yourself where your beliefs come from and whether or not real facts validate them.

    Thank you!
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    posted a message on Man fined $500 for turning in $17k he found
    I think the man is right to feel sorry and accept the fine - great.

    I think the police are in the right to make it clear that they need the correct info off the bat - great.

    I don't think the man should have been fined $500. That is EXCESSIVE! They were obviously going to check that footage anyways, and did not simply take him on his word, so I don't see how this delayed the investigation. The only delay would have been the two minutes it took to write the poor sucker a $500 fine.
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    posted a message on Man fined $500 for turning in $17k he found
    http://www.chicagotr...0,5766359.story

    A man was fined $500 after finding a bag full of $17,000 and turning it in to the cops... except that he told them he found it somewhere other than where he actually found it...

    What what in the butt?


    PS: Beat you to it, Daemaro! :P
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    posted a message on What I hate about the hospital
    Quote from Lt. Venom

    I'm wondering why Mephisto here hasn't made a "What I Hate..." blog.

    Probably hates blogs. ;)
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    posted a message on The Demon Hunter
    Excellent! You're almost half-way there! :D
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    posted a message on Minecraft Middle Earth
    Thanks for the compliments guys! We're trying to make a giant epic explorable, roleplay-able world!

    Quote from Vortrall

    Is that in classic, classic beta, or current beta? I can see the water flowing, but it's a different color than I'm used to. Either that or it's modded.
    Current beta. It is an ongoing modern server. The images were taken using a couple different texture packs. MCME has it's own texture pack as well.

    Will they include goblins, orcs and Uruk-hai?
    We're looking at possibly making skeletons/zombies orcs and such, yes.

    and how complete is Helm's deep?
    I'm actually leading the design/build team for Helm's Deep. We're at about 15% right now I'd say (until total completion, including detailed housing/barracks/etc). I can show you some pictures from the construction job if you'd like.
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    posted a message on DiabloFan's Minecraft Server (gen 2)
    Hey guys. If any of you really love Minecraft AND Lord of the Rings, you guys should check out this other server too: http://www.diablofans.com/topic/25593-minecraft-middle-earth/

    As long as it doesn't detract from the DFans Server, of course! ;)
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    posted a message on Minecraft Middle Earth
    Of all the projects using Minecraft as a medium, MCME is quite possibly the most detailed and incredibly large undertaking ever. We are working to create what may become the first and possibly only seamless recreation of Middle-Earth that is 100% detailed and complete, allowing players to walk uninterrupted by loading screens from one edge of the map to the other. As if that weren’t enough, when the project is complete, a role-playing element is in the works along with npc’s and an actual storyline.

    I've recently become a member of this online group working towards making Middle Earth (the land of the Lord of the Rings) a reality through a Minecraft server. It's pretty awesome - both the scale of the project on which we are working AND the people with whom you get to work. It's free to join, there's room for advancement among the ranks, and - best of all - you are even allowed to submit your own designs and build your own houses.

    I urge anyone here interested in LOTR, Tolkien, and/or Minecraft to check out this website now: Minecraft Middle Earth!


    Here are some pictures...












    Here's the trailer from YouTube...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HdKXlN_gB0

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. I'm relatively new to the community still, but I've already learned tons. My Minecraft In-Game Name (IGN) is keeganwh. =)
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