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Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 28 '15, 4:03am
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Posted By silveroak
I know that every soldier receives training...

I know that every soldier receives training regarding disobeying illegal orders. I do not know what that training entails, though I am under the impression it is a classroom format, and I do know...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 27 '15, 11:37pm
Replies: 29
Views: 756
Posted By silveroak
weapons in general are easier to abuse. Which is...

weapons in general are easier to abuse. Which is why the training is required for their use. Training the military gets- not just how to point and shoot but in the judgement required for their usage....
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 27 '15, 9:18pm
Replies: 29
Views: 756
Posted By silveroak
I'd say that rather the poor usage gets all the...

I'd say that rather the poor usage gets all the press. I understand the military uses them quite well in actual combat situations. It's the CIA that seems to think egg on it's face can just be...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 27 '15, 5:26pm
Replies: 29
Views: 756
Posted By silveroak
No, to y knowledge the US military does not...

No, to y knowledge the US military does not operate with kill lists, and again I believe the root tragedy here is the militarization of the CIA rather that the use of drones specifically...
in short...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 27 '15, 4:44am
Replies: 29
Views: 756
Posted By silveroak
I suspect part of the issue is that those using...

I suspect part of the issue is that those using the drones have more confidence in their precision than is justified. This is an issue of usage, not the technology. Perhaps also an issue of education...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 27 '15, 4:40am
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
Yes, but even for us those changes are fairly...

Yes, but even for us those changes are fairly recent. As recently as the 1970's in much of the US a man could nt be effectively convicted for raping his wife. There are still religious extremists who...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 21 '15, 3:38pm
Replies: 29
Views: 1,388
Posted By silveroak
Lets also keep in mind that "it sounds like you...

Lets also keep in mind that "it sounds like you might have" is not a diagnosis, more of a focused recommendation to seek professional help.

By analogy, if I have a stomach ache with some unusual...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 21 '15, 3:32pm
Replies: 13
Views: 475
Posted By silveroak
There is certainly a lack of balance in focus....

There is certainly a lack of balance in focus. However trying to ascribe a simple explanation as to why means an inevitably flawed model. Take the XL pipeline- environmentalists are so proud of the...
Forum: Catalyst Jan 20 '15, 8:31pm
Replies: 324
Views: 3,984
Posted By silveroak
By my reckoning Dr. Smith should have his spell...

By my reckoning Dr. Smith should have his spell changed about the time Golem gets there...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 17 '15, 5:32am
Replies: 13
Views: 475
Posted By silveroak
Fundamentally it comes down to the simple fact...

Fundamentally it comes down to the simple fact that we don't have time to pay attention to every tragedy. If we see a car wreck on the way home from work we might stop to rubberneck, but we don't...
Forum: Catalyst Jan 17 '15, 5:24am
Replies: 324
Views: 3,984
Posted By silveroak
Feeling the situation has shifted and his support...

Feeling the situation has shifted and his support is going to be more "back lines" Dr. Smith begins working on shifting the spell he is holding to his blessings of healing (370 seconds to change -6...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 14 '15, 4:30am
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
And that is in fact provable or falsifiable since...

And that is in fact provable or falsifiable since the scope (the Koran) is so limited. The question of lost historical documents seems like an out but it is in the present tense "never commands" so...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 13 '15, 5:33pm
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
Regarding proof of Santa, one should see the most...

Regarding proof of Santa, one should see the most recent Dr Who Christmas special "the problem with telling dreams from reality is they are both absurd"
Can Santa exist? If we borrow the concept of...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 13 '15, 4:04pm
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
There is a gun in your house. Perhaps it is a...

There is a gun in your house. Perhaps it is a caulking gun. Perhaps it is a label "gun". Or perhaps you didn't find it because it didn't occur to you to remove the small bore plumbing and assemble it...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 13 '15, 3:55pm
Replies: 24
Views: 580
Posted By silveroak
The thing is, when Hitler rose, what most people...

The thing is, when Hitler rose, what most people heard was the idea that they could engineer a better future and a better society, and achieve a more enlightened state. His model of how to do that...
Forum: Catalyst Jan 13 '15, 3:49pm
Replies: 324
Views: 3,984
Posted By silveroak
Dr Smith watching through his crystal ball radios...

Dr Smith watching through his crystal ball radios in "It would appear the effect has hit, your agent seems to be a bit out of control. The effect appears to have hit when the suspect became...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 13 '15, 3:24am
Replies: 24
Views: 580
Posted By silveroak
I believe "never forget" isn't about holding...

I believe "never forget" isn't about holding grudges, but of never again allowing the nearly willfull ignorance and arrogance which pervaded Europe before WW2 where they believed they had reached...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 13 '15, 3:16am
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
It is important to clarify the D&D Tiamat from...

It is important to clarify the D&D Tiamat from the Sumerian all-mother Tiamat who was slain by the Gods to make the world- her body cleaved in two to make the heavens and the earth, prior to which...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 12 '15, 4:43pm
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
No. I never said anything about non-interference....

No. I never said anything about non-interference. I have said we need to leave this issue to that culture. Obviously we have a great many other interests in the area from oil (which will remain a...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 12 '15, 3:55pm
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
Did America go into Iraq *solely* to establish...

Did America go into Iraq *solely* to establish democracy? No, did they make a sincere attempt to establish democracy? Yes. if you look here...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 11 '15, 6:49pm
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
Well, it's like piracy. There are still pirates,...

Well, it's like piracy. There are still pirates, but nothing like what there was during the Spanish - English naval cold war of the 1700s.

Islamic terrorists have been attacking Muslims for...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 11 '15, 5:38pm
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
define radical, as mentioned elsewhere, a radical...

define radical, as mentioned elsewhere, a radical Jainist isn't someone you should worry about.
Asen, that is your opinion, but the fact is that Isil/Isis is not attacking Western countries. I'm not...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 11 '15, 4:53pm
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
nobody has offended Islam. I did not recommend a...

nobody has offended Islam. I did not recommend a course of action, simply provided a perspective on the situation. Modern terrorism is as much a part of Islam as Crusading was a part of Christianity....
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 11 '15, 4:41am
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
Sure Muslim terrorists are part of Islam, the...

Sure Muslim terrorists are part of Islam, the same way Christian crusaders are part of Christianity, except that Islam started 600 years later and is just getting to that part of their history. Right...
Forum: Worldly Talk Jan 11 '15, 4:36am
Replies: 248
Views: 4,217
Posted By silveroak
to be idolatry one has to worship the image. I'm...

to be idolatry one has to worship the image. I'm pretty sure that reason did not apply to the cartoonists, regardless of what modern Islam's take on the subject is.
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