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  1. Most European democractic systems make for much more interesting games, with a wider variety of options, because they tend to be far less binary than the American system. So yes, I'd imagine there is.
  2. But could they? On the scale they do currently? Why is gun crime so comparitevly high in the US if bad people will obtain them however many you have? Why does the UK (just taking an example I know) have proportionally much less gun crime? And does it not matter to you that US states with less restrictive gun controls, also have much higher suicide rates (partly because gunfire as a method of suicide is much more likely to be fatal than many of the options you have when you don't have the same access to guns)? Should we encourage an approach that makes it easier for good people with mental ill health to take their own lives?
  3. What is a false use vs. a valid use? And would we as a species be in any way worse off if nobody owned or used a gun?
  4. Sure, but that’s not a legitimate defence of the current system.
  5. You were never talking about policy, you were pre-emptively claiming fraud in the event of the election not going the way you want. People would be more interested in seriously debating you if you had some opinions that haven't been lifited directly from Donald Trump's arsehole.
  6. Nah this isn't that glamorous I'm afraid. I'll be responsible for people doing less admin manually hopefully and that's about it.
  7. 1. 25 2. Junior Automation Developer (Robotic Process Automation) 3. History BA 4. 5. ISFP-T (90% Introverted, 51% Observant, 68% Feeling, 64% Prospecting, 81% Turbulent)
  8. If Trump loses @PoliticalPunditwill claim it's fraudulent, if he wins he'll say it was fair. It's just not worth the energy.
  9. He tried to brush anti-semitism under the carpet to avoid publicity, attracted a lot of anti-semites to the party, and couldn't understand why a blantantly anti-semitic mural was being taken down. I don't think he's anti-semitic at all, just anti-zionist. But there is a very real problem with anti-semitism among many who follow him and he did essentially nothing to try and combat it. And frankly, the pitiful job he did defending our status in the EU, makes it very difficult to sympathise with him.
  10. Jeremy Corbin is hugely popular with a large section of Labour Party members. But in terms of the entire electorate he’s incredibly unpopular. This will help Starmer a lot more than it hurts him.
  11. I absolutely am not into persecution of religion or holding one who adheres to a given religion responsible for all crimes done in its name. And if anyone's religious views do no harm then I don't question them at all. But if you're on a politics forum and you think that your religious views relate to political positions then they should be challenged. I'm trying to understand what validity there is behind these views, and in a discussion with someone who I know can cope with their views being challenged and questioned. Religious views on this forum will often be what is driving views on abortion, the death penalty, immigration, basically everything, so I think it's perfectly reasonable to question what someone believes, why, and whether there's an evidence base supporting it.
  12. I know. I think there's a strong case that it's metaphorical about human nature though, and that surely includes 'good and evil'. How do you interpret it? What makes you think those basic descriptions have any validity or genuine meaning? Do you believe Jesus of Nazareth was literally the son of God? And if so what do you take that to mean, and what gives you confidence that that is the case?
  13. Sure. But if you make a sentient being in your image (however you'd go about doing that) I imagine it'd share quite a lot - especially if you're all powerful and knowing. If you were making a coin 'in your image' it'd just look like you were on the coin. If God was just trying to make all people look like him, and by extension all look the same, he did a really s*** job.
  14. I don't think it is clear. But it's convenient to think it's clear if you believe what you read in the bible I'll grant you. Quite a lot of it's vague really isn't it? I guess that's quite useful.
  15. Is God not supposed to have made man in his own image? Is that one of the bits that's not meant to be taken too literally (I can never keep up with what we're supposed to believe the bible means)? And if not surely if you accept humans are not wholly good you must believe the same is true of your God?
  16. I don't even know who she is, but if she's destroying Trump's America good on her.
  17. I'll come back to question 5. Question 4 is impossible to answer because I don't believe God exists, so I couldn't place where he is currently on a benevolence scale. Not sure how anyone could say 'we'd see more people in heaven' either, I haven't seen anyone in heaven.
  18. Just as an aside, I'm increasingly convinced that R.E.M. wrote 'It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)' about you.
  19. 1. Yes (PMI! - fictional world) 2. Zonal Marking: The Making of Modern European Football 3. No thanks. Strictly tea for me. 4. Probably Liz Kendall
  20. I was into wrestling from around 2004-2008, and initially a big fan of Chris Benoit (aren't I a great judge of character). I haven't watched any wrestling in about a year, and when I do it's usually ICW. I was quite big on Joe Hendry when I was last watching so he'd probably get my vote, quite liked Stevie Boy & Jackie Polo too. From an American & historical perspective, Mick Foley is probably my favourite now. In terms of female wrestlers I'm a big fan of Kay Lee Ray, Viper & Becky Lynch.
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