"Freedom of speech is fine in Australia as long as it is true..."
The problem here is that there are differing opinions about things. What if I post a science article from a creationist perspective that criticizes a university for an article their scientists posted dissing creation scientists?
I happen to believe that evolution is not true - at least in the way it is taught in universities. If I post a negative article on evolution, could I be prosecuted?
There are differing opinions on the safety of the vaccine, usage of Ivermectin, views on the virus(plandemic some call it), etc. Who decides what is true?
If you make freedom of speech dependent on someone's decision about what is true/false, I'm not sure that is true freedom of speech. It's a difficult issue because sometimes it's just really hard to know whether something is true or not.
Is Snopes.com going to be the deciding factor? I wouldn't trust them myself. We all have our biases.
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True. It's hard to really boycott China, but we could also boycott the Olympic games and encourage others to do the same.
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Very interesting article. Thanks!
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"Segmented hinges in the long, thin bones of fish fins are critical to the incredible mechanical properties of fins, and this design could inspire improved underwater propulsion systems, new robotic materials and even new aircraft designs.
The secret is in the structure: ‶
The science of biomimetics is blossoming. More and more inventions are being made by studying the design of things in the natural world.
Not to take anything away from the work of scientists or anything, but humans are more copy cats than inventors!
It boggles the mind that so many people think all this design happened by chance over eons of time. Even our best most intelligent minds put together cannot come up with these designs on their own and we thing that random, purposeless, directionless, mindless natural processes that compose mainly of mistakes in the genomic code actually somehow totally by accident hit on these amazing designs? Please!
Many of the designs we see and seek to copy are complicated and cannot be arrived at one little step at a time because they will not function until everything is put together just right. How in the world could stuff like this evolve? We've been taught just to accept this as true, but no one has ever seen these kinds of complex things actually created by evolution. We just think it HAD to have happened like that since God is ruled out in science.
Well, it turns out that everyone believes in miracles. Some believe in the supernatural design of a Creator and others believe in innumerable lucky and timely mutations that somehow resulted in amazing and efficient masterpieces of design. Which takes more faith to believe?that random mistakes can create these kinds of masterpieces?
ORthat an intelligent Designer purposefully created these things to function as they do?
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If anyone knows this guy's family, please tell his kids that their father is literally dying to meet them!
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I think the problem is that they are GOP rules.
Biden thinks the rules are "un-American"? OK, come up with a way to prevent voter fraud then that will ensure fair elections. Many of us also think that VOTER FRAUD IS ALSO UN-AMERICAN!
Both sides probably have some good points so let's put politics aside and come up with a fair solution.
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It's interesting that atheists are concerned with morality because there is no such thing really, if there is no God. If there is no God, there is no such thing as true right and wrong. There might be general ideas in different cultures about what is acceptable and what is not, but nothing is truly wrong in an objective sense of the word because there is no absolute standard or right and wrong. It's all made up by humans. If we all make up our own standards, why in the world do we have to follow them? We don't and often times we even compromise and break our own standards because we know or think that it doesn't matter - that we are not accountable for our actions - outside of the law of the land. People tell us that bullying is wrong, but if it's not against the law, how can anyone say that it's wrong? It might be their personal view that it is "wrong" or "not good", but so what? Cheating on your wife? Why is that wrong? Isn't it funny that we call it cheating? Kind of shows that we know in our hearts that it is wrong, but why do we feel that it's wrong - if there is no such thing as right and wrong? So either there is real right and wrong(which we all know to be true deep down in our hearts) which points to the existence of God, or anything goes as long as it is not against the law. And even then, it doesn't matter as long as we don't get caught. After all, we don't need to give account of our actions to anyone! We are totally free! (Which makes life totally meaningless, but that's a whole other topic.)
We all look at morality in a very biased manner - wanting to justify the things we want to do, and wanting to vilify the things we don't agree with - things we don't want people to do to us. Can we trust ourselves to really be good judges of what is right and wrong when our hearts are so biased? If we want to, we can almost justify ANYTHING! It's quite convenient to be free from God's law. It allows us to live our lives however we want to. No wonder so many people choose to ignore His existence and live their (sex) lives however they want to. No bias there, right?
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Wait! They want us to trust the work being done in the Wuhan Lab from which the current virus might have been leaked?
I'm not a fan!
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Science has a problem because it cannot create ethics. It can never tell us what we SHOULD or SHOULD not do.
In reality, if there is no God, there is no real right or wrong. There are things that are more or less sanctioned by or not sanctioned by society, but it's not really a moral issue. This means that it is not even wrong to kill a person - again assuming there is no God - because these are simply human made ideas. These ideas change over time. For instance, the idea of abortion was, for many years, frowned on by society. It was not acceptable and those who did it felt like they were doing something bad. But for the most part, because most people reject God, now abortion is thought to be almost a "right". It's a good thing and some ladies even boast about getting an abortion. So, the line in the sand has changed. What used to be unacceptable has now become acceptable by many. Euthanasia is another example of this. Current issues up for debate are the morality of killing a baby at birth if there are defects. A future issue will be forced euthanization which right now is still basically viewed as unacceptable. But that line in the sand will eventually be moved as well.
So when it comes to the ethics of stem cells, here again we run smack into this problem. Science really cannot help us here. The argument is that the end justifies the means. And sure, if there is no God, then why not do "bad" in order for "good" to come? The trend is for the "line that cannot be crossed" to be moved backwards little by little. In other words, small steps/concessions do not bother people as much as large steps/concessions do, but in the end, the result is the same. We end up at the same place. It really seems like there is no real line that cannot be crossed in the end. The only difference is how fast it happens.
I understand why scientists do not like having restrictions placed upon them. Many of them do not believe in moral absolutes so it is frustrating to them to be enslaved by what to them must seem like meaningless "rules/ethics". But it is of utmost importance that some restrictions ARE placed upon scientists or this process of moral degradation will continue at warp speed. Just because others might do it, is no justification for everyone to do it. Where to draw the line is always the problem because people have different opinions, but as a believe in the Creator, I think it is of utmost importance to base our morals on His moral standards.
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This is hysterical! As if it's possible for Americans to travel to Japan.
It's not possible. They cannot get into the country.
There is no need to warn anyone about traveling to Japan!
But this was headline news on CNN! What a joke!
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Since this happens so often, how hard would it be to install heated roofs in new buildings in areas where this type of danger occurs? I guess it would be a bit expensive, but there has to be something that could be done I would think.
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Zero carbon emissions? Really? Is that really necessary? Sounds a bit extreme to me and I'm worried about the cost. As long as it will not be too costly, I'm sure it's fine, but the whole global warming thing is overhyped in my mind. I'm not a fan of huge quick radical changes that cost tons of money.
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I don't know why anyone would spend money to buy these kinds of products even if they are genuine! I guess they need it for their ego - to feel good about themselves. Money though, has nothing to do with a person's value, importance, or worth. I guess we all seek to put on an image with what we wear to impress others or feel good about ourselves, so I can't criticize them too much. It just shows though that we are placing value in all the wrong things!
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Lots of issues involved here. I hope this helps couples who are having trouble conceiving, but there are so many other factors that are much larger. There is just a general unwillingness to have kids. Reasons include the expense of raising a child, lack of time because of work, just a desire for more personal freedom vs making the sacrifices necessary to raise kids.
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"Following his arrest, the suspect told police he got annoyed when the woman honked her horn at him for getting too close."
Right. It was her fault! He's lucky he didn't cause an accident. Alcohol and driving don't mix, but pride and impatience are just as bad.
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Hiked the gorge last summer and rode the cable car. Really nice hike and beautiful rock formations. Highly recommend it.
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Was really excited when I read the headlines! That is something that should have been implemented long ago, but then reading the details, you see their vacation is not a vacation at all! So the proposal is to spend your vacation working? What foolishness!
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Every once in a while, scientists push the line a little further. This is one of those times. The line of what is ethically permissible keeps getting pushed back. But since it is just one small step at a time, no one gets upset or concerned. But the problem is the that the pushing of the line will never stop. What at one time was thought to be unthinkable will become permissible as little by little the line is pushed back so that it never seems like a big deal. Anyone showing concern is ridiculed and criticized and accused of hindering science. And they always have good motivations for why they push the line back again. https://crev.info/2020/06/research-on-embryonic-stem-cells-takes-dangerous-turns/
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This is ridiculous! Facial recognition software helps police solve crimes! Are we against solving crimes? Do they think people have the right to loot, steal, & destroy without being held accountable? We need to support our police, not work against them. Of course, changes need to be made in how they treat suspects, especially suspects of color, but I for one, do not want to live in a society where the police are at a disadvantage and are hindered from doing their job.
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What a tragic story and a traumatic event for the family! So sorry for them!
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@0ldman_13 "why does everyone nowadays need to apologize for every single comment that is taken way out of context. Seriously, don't people have better things to agonize over than some harmless joke that may in fact have ring of truth about it?"
The comedian's comments AND this guy's comments show just how bad things are in this culture. First of all, this is NOT something to joke about. It should be something that is strongly protested and opposed - meaning the sex industry where young girls get involved to make a buck. AND, even worse, men, looking at women as nothing more than a piece of meat to meet their sexual fantasies. This view of women is the problem. Japan has a long ways to go in this area and until they make a lot of progress in the right direction, many women will suffer as a result. Think of the families who are betrayed by the men who go out and use young women! This benefits No One - only hurts family relationships and further weakens the family. Families are the building block of the nation and they are already struggling in this nation with overwork and poor relationships.
Perhaps the virus makes his comments/jokes even more inappropriate, but in reality, they are just as inappropriate even if we were not in the midst of this virus lockdown. Why? Because this is a moral issue that has absolutely nothing to do with the virus! Apologizing by saying anything about the virus belittles the apology, because it's not the virus that made the comments inappropriate in the first place.
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It's about time someone brings this up on the world scale. It is a problem! It does influence the way men/boys look at women/girls. It does set a poor example and teach immoral things to kids. This article criticizes this politician for pointing out the problem or perhaps over-exaggerating it. I disagree. Of course, it is not all anime, but that is not the point. It's not a matter of what percentage of anime has this stuff in it. It's more a problem of how much of that stuff gets consumed by Japanese people, especially by impressionable youth. There might even only be one such anime, but if everyone reads it.... So the criticism is ill founded. Anyway, I'm glad there is some open talk about this and criticism of it from other countries. Maybe that will help to bring some regulation to it.
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It's hard to deny the science! There really is a difference between men and women. Women cannot become male inside their bodies. They can shape their body to look like a male, but inside, they are still female. Same goes for men trying to become women. It's scientifically impossible.
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I just cannot understand this kind of crime! We are talking about someone's life here. If someone doesn't want to be with me, then I certainly would not want to force them to be with me. It would be miserable for both of us. But he actually KILLED her - beat her up and killed her. Just unfathomable to me.
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Porn enslaves men, devalues women, demeans sex, encourages immorality(& therefore contributes to the spread of STDs), often damages relationships, sometimes ruins marriages, greatly offends the God, the giver of sex, sometimes encourages acting out of what is seen, and encourages unhealthy lust/passions in everyone. It is not healthy for any person and cannot truly satisfy. There are right and wrong uses of everything and imo, porn is not a right use of the gift of sex. When we thumb our nose at the Creator's helpful guidance/commands concerning sex, we reap the consequences and learn the hard way. I have nothing against her personally, but I'm sorry that she chose to enter that profession.
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Interesting! But WHY? If a foetus is only a clump of cells, what's the problem here? Why are these women so adversely affected by the discharge of a clump of cells?
OH! Maybe these women realize that they just lost a BABY!
I guess those who want to get pregnant see it as a baby and those who don't want to be pregnant, try hard to convince themselves it is nothing more than a clump of cells.
"Lighten up! It was only a clump of cells!"
Hmmm. Doesn't seem like a very encouraging thing to say to these women who are grieving over the loss of their baby, but basically, this is what the Pro-Choice folk have to say because they could never advocate for the right to kill an unborn baby, right?
Or could they? Nothing would surprise me any more. We keep sinking to new lows every week/month/year. Some have actually advocated for the right to kill newborns who survived abortion!
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"
Seems like a very accurate statement even though these words were penned over 2500-2600 years ago! We humans have not improved at all. Where is the evolution? All I see is things getting worse! The heart is sinful and capable of real evil.
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Never, but I am married with a family so am not out late running around the city.
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"Whether or not the goddess of the sun actually hid near Amano Yasugawara, one can really feel the spirituality of the place while embarking on the short walking route from Amano Iwato Shrine."
The author sounds as if he/she is unsure if this happened or not. Sigh.
I guess for the sake of tourism, you have to write the article like that, but I think we all know this never happened and that it is just a cave like any other cave.
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