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  • Player, not knowing what you consider defensive, I was playing it safe.  I also happen to believe Vietnam (a proxy battle/friendly nation request), the First Gulf War (friendly nation request/US interests), and Afghanistan (imminent threat) were defensive wars.  The second Iraq war, even I’m not sure about that one.  The developing Cyber War wi…[Read more]

  • Lausten, now you’re sounding like a conspiracy theorist.  I could say the same things about many of the threats we face – if we’d have only done something then . . .

    The reality is that most humans have a hard time with long range planning, and politicians, only worried about the next election, are the worst.

    Regardless of how we got here,…[Read more]

  • Xain, and what work would that be?

  • 3point14rat, we’ll just have to agree to disagree.  The second (of 5) definition for “cult” in Merriam Webster is “great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work.”  Having great devotion to something is not bad, in itself, as you seem to postulate.  And, using this definition of cult, I think, is quite valid today, given the number of…[Read more]

  • Lausten, I agree that we’re getting much further into a political discussion than I wanted to go.  Clearly we’ll never agree on a number of points.  The only other observation I’ll make is that, in most cases, although I doubt we’ll agree even on this, each of our positions are built on what we perceive to be solid, fact based, foundations, and y…[Read more]

  • Lausten, interesting comments.  Do you honestly think the “left wing” (as opposed to the “right wing”) are value pure and have all the answers?  What values do I seem to be compromising?  Just curious.

    As regards cults, I don’t recall any definition saying cults must act excessively.  Certainly the potential is there for any highly motivated gro…[Read more]

  • Player, all wars are bad in a lot of ways, but are you saying that nothing is worse?  Should we, for example, have not gone to war for our independence, or fought in World War II, or allowed North Korea to take over South Korea?  I’m just trying to understand your position on this, whether you’ve actually ever given it any real thought.

  • Nope.  Your claim.  I’m unaware of ANY feasible plan to reverse or turn around global warming, so I’ve nothing to prove.  My position is to prepare for it, while doing anything reasonable to reduce our global warming impact, that doesn’t impact our preparations.  YOU are the one who said that was unsatisfactory, that we needed to fix it, so I’m…[Read more]

  • Player, are you saying that there is never a good reason for war, that we should just zero the defense budget and be done with it?

    Again, what is your point?

  • Player, just answer the questions.  No squirming.  How do YOU define defensive war?

    As regards global warming, nope, your’s is not an answer.  As I said before, to be valid, your plan must be solidly based on scientific, economic, social, historical, and political data clearly demonstrating, in detail, the development and critical analysis of al…[Read more]

  • Yep, I think I said that.  I also said cults aren’t always bad.

    Your point is?

  • Player, for me to answer that question, please define what you would accept as “defense:”

    • Defense against actual attack against US territory by conventional, unconventional, nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, and/or cyber forces?
    • Defense against actual attack against US allies and/or interests by same?
    • Defense against actual…

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  • Player, this isn’t a plan – its not even a concept.  Maybe just the beginning of one.  As I said before, to be valid, your plan must be solidly based on scientific, economic, social, historical, and political data clearly demonstrating, in detail, the development and critical analysis of alternatives, the climatic, economic, social, and p…[Read more]

  • Lausten, perhaps the tools analogy is not the best, but my primary point is that religion is more a tool . . . okay, maybe a symptom? . . .  of a much larger and more exhaustive problem – that leaders can and do use [name your -ism] to motivate/manipulate their followers to pursue the leadership’s goals, and, while great good can sometimes…[Read more]

  • Lausten, I agree, and my point is essentially the same – the problem isn’t religion, its human nature.  Those who attack religion as the cause of the world’s ills are simply missing this point.  Its like attacking the hammer because someone used it to kill another.  We need to focus on why one person killed another, how the killing could have be…[Read more]

  • 3point14rat, you’ve got it right.  Its always a challenge on a forum, given the desire to read/respond quickly, to write . . . and read as clearly as you’d like.

    Also, just to spice it up a bit, I’m not saying all cults are bad, but, rather, that they share certain characteristics that seem to make them vulnerable for use as tools by effective…[Read more]

  • 3point14rat, I think we need to turn your “religious-like thinking” around, rather, and say religion often portrays “cult-like thinking.”  To be sure, religion has often been used as a tool by effective leaders to motivate and manipulate their followers to fight a war, as have a wide variety of “cultic” approaches.  But the causes of war are as v…[Read more]

  • Player, your “quote” was not so noted in your post, almost as though you wanted to claim it for yourself.  No matter, like I said, it just reduces by one the few content posts you’ve made.  Pretty bad, you’re having to disavow one of the few such posts you’ve apparently ever made.

    Continue to rant all you want on this topic, Player, I’m done w…[Read more]

  • 3point14rat, got it.  Yeah, I know the type.  I once had a professor who, addressing someone of the same ilk, said in his think accent:  “All you do is sit there rubbing your britches on the seat and polluting the air!”

  • Player, how else is this to be interpreted?  Perhaps I’m not the one with an honesty problem.  Too bad, too.  It was one of your few posts with actual content.

    “Player replied to the topic Mushrooms in the forum Politics and Social Issues a month ago

    I AM a climate scientist, and Alan Jones is wrong. . . . ”

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