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Why Should I Vote?
on 7 Aug 2012
, latest 7 years ago Why should I vote? One party says I "hate" just because I believe that marriage should be defined as one man and one woman. If they had their way, I'd...
Are Many Science & Engineering Careers Obsolete?
on 25 Jul 2012
, latest 7 years ago Here's the problem: any work reducible to equations and computer-aided-design can be automated or outsourced thanks to computers and the internet. Unless you're doing original research or engineering something that...
Do Facts Even Matter?
on 25 Mar 2012
, latest 7 years ago I can't help but wonder if the following statement is true: "In religion and politics, facts don't matter. People believe what they WANT to believe, IN SPITE of the facts."...
Net Worth of Top 400 Americans is $2 Trillion
on 16 Sep 2013
, latest 6 years ago 2 Trillion is more than the combined net worth of half of all Americans. http://www.ctvnews.ca/business
Anyone Else Getting Market Acrophobia?
on 15 Mar 2012
, latest 7 years ago Stocks are almost back up to where they were during the frothy days of 2007. There are still plenty of "Black Swans" around: European headline risk, China real estate, the...
How the Elites Built America's Economic Wall
on 20 Jul 2012
, latest 7 years ago "Over the past 30 years, the convergence [of incomes] has largely stopped. Incomes in the poorer states are no longer catching up to incomes in rich states...In a new working...
Christianity is Self-Refuting
on 6 Feb 2012
, latest 8 years ago Christianity is self-refuting: Will the "true" Christianity please stand up? According to some counts, there are 38,000 different denominations. If the Bible is a clear Word of God(tm), then why...
Why Good Government is Impossible
on 2 Aug 2012
, latest 7 years ago Think about it: Who is it that gets power? Nice people, or sociopaths? The people who get power are generally those who are willing to do almost *anything* to get...
Losing (Some of) My Fear of Death (without Religion)
on 19 Jul 2013
, latest 5 years ago About three weeks ago I was having blood drawn and I passed out. The nurses said I was "out" for 20 or 30 seconds. Amazingly, I didn't even notice. At...
What it will take to get off fossil fuels.
on 28 Mar 2012
, latest 7 years ago The following website shows what it would take to get off of fossil fuels with current technology: http://www.withouthotair.com/ The analysis is for Great Britain, but a similar analysis could be...
Atheism's Best Friend?
on 12 Mar 2012
, latest 2 years ago As we all know, Protestant Liberalism has done a lot of work refuting historic Christianity. Shouldn't atheists support Protestant Liberalism, then? After all, what better way to get rid of...
Is Organized Religion Just Extortion?
on 30 Jul 2013
, latest 6 years ago "Give me 10% of your income or something bad will happen to you (after you die.)" Bada Bing. Isn't that the legal definition of extortion? If so, shouldn't organized religion...
What will be the Next Bubble?
on 20 Sep 2013
, latest 6 years ago 1999: tech bubble (it's the New Economy!) 2006: housing bubble (buy now or be priced out forever!!) 2011: gold & silver bubble (oh no, hyperinflation!!!) What will be the next...
Freak80 visits Bay Area! What to do?
on 12 Nov 2013
, latest 6 years ago I've already ridden a cable car and taken a bridge-to-bridge cruise on the bay. Fantastic city! What else should I do as a tourist?
Those "Chain-Link & Rottweiler" Neighborhoods...
on 11 Apr 2012
, latest 7 years ago Anyone here on Patnet know what kind of neighborhoods I'm talking about? How much would you pay to live in such an area? By the looks of the Bay Area...
Is America worth fighting for?
on 14 May 2012
, latest 7 years ago John Lennon famously imagined a world with "nothing to kill or die for." I guess the solution was simple: make a country like the USA no longer worth fighting for....
10 Things I've Learned from Patnet
on 27 Jun 2012
, latest 7 years ago 1. Atheists and agnostics don't like each other. Before, I always thought they were on the same "team." 2. Far-right propaganda is very effective. 3. There's just as much willful...
Iran's Female Ninjas
on 17 Feb 2012
, latest 8 years ago http://news.yahoo.com/photos/i How's that for cultural diversity? Maybe Islam isn't so patriarchal after all? Maybe this should go in the "Humor" section.
Stocks and Bonds: Both Bad Bets?
on 23 Oct 2013
, latest 6 years ago Stocks are overvalued on a long-term basis. Interest rates are near all-time lows, bonds go down when interest rates rise. Gold and silver swing wildly, just like any other commodity....
Human Genome shows Christianity is False
on 19 Mar 2012
, latest 7 years ago The human genome shows that there was no Adam and Eve: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/09/ Of course, biology showed Christianity was false back in 1859. It's just that my parents didn't get the...
Talk is Cheap. How About a General Strike?
on 13 Sep 2013
, latest 6 years ago Since our government is owned and controlled by the top 0.1%, how about a general strike? How else will average people be heard? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G
The Opiate(s) of the Masses?
on 16 Mar 2012
, latest 7 years ago One mass has religion as their opiate. The other mass has sex, drugs, & rock n' roll as their opiate. -Republicans get their power from fear that someone will take...
Limit on Name Changing?
on 26 Sep 2012
, latest 7 years ago Should there be a limit on how often one can change their name? Seems to be a common troll strategy to get around the "ignore" feature. It it possible to...
Should Churches Lose Tax-Free Status?
on 20 Jul 2012
, latest 7 years ago Since much of American religion is just an extension of existing political beliefs, why are churches exempt from taxes? Both the "Religious Right" and the "Religious Left" are more interested...
Political Segregation in America
on 21 Sep 2012
, latest 7 years ago Americans are self-segregating into communities of like minded people. http://www.economist.com/node/ It's not anything new of course. Is this why the extremes keep getting more extreme?
Jim Kunstler on America
on 10 Jul 2012
, latest 7 years ago An excerpt from his weekly "Clusterf*ck Nation" column: "Over here, in this sorry-ass edition of America, the election will look more and more like a World Wrestling Federation staged dumb-show...
Would a Large Majority Support These Policies?
on 29 Feb 2012
, latest 8 years ago Obviously there's a lot of bitterness and division in the USA. That's probably always been true and might always be true. Nonetheless, for the sake of practicality, would a large...
Right-wing Claims that are Actually True
on 11 Jul 2012
, latest 7 years ago I've been kind of harsh toward some of the "far right" trolls here on Patnet. To be fair, I've decided to list some of the right-wing claims categorized as "true"...
"Ignore This Thread" option?
on 30 Jul 2012
, latest 7 years ago Would anyone else be interested in an "ignore this thread" option? I'd like the ability to ignore "zombie" threads and those that de-generate into personal attacks over the direction of...
a New New Deal Coalition?
on 17 Feb 2012
, latest 8 years ago As we all know, we Americans are bitterly divided on cultural issues. It's almost like we are two nations. One side sees the universe as a purposeful creation of God...
Fun: Starting a New Religion
on 8 Aug 2013
, latest 6 years ago From RationalWiki: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/F A *perfect* portrayal of what religion is really all about. Bravo! Why did I ever fall for it myself? I guess that's the power of groupthink (and...
Billionaire: Fed Robbing Poor to Pay Rich
on 19 Sep 2013
, latest 6 years ago http://www.cnbc.com/id/1010469 Reporter and Editor Why the Fed 'blew it': Druckenmiller Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 7:04 AM ET CNBC's Steve Liesman reports there were three reasons the Fed decided to...
We Can't Live on Renewable Energy Alone
on 19 Jul 2012
, latest 7 years ago Or at least Britain can't live on renewables alone: "Renewable facilities have to be country-sized because all renewables are so diffuse." "To sustain Britainâ€™s lifestyle on its renewables alone would...
on 2 Oct 2012
, latest 7 years ago Patrick, When quoting text that includes a previous quote, things easily get "messed up." Maybe if I were more savvy at the computer code I could make it work. But...
Person to be Born Next Year Terrified of His Non-Existence
on 22 Aug 2013
, latest 6 years ago Brian Smith, the future child of Linda and Doug Smith of Sacramento, CA, suddenly began to experience his non-existence today. "It's just horrible," he said, "and it's also dark for...
Identity Politics is a Distraction from Our Real Problems
on 10 Feb 2012
, latest 8 years ago Don't we just love identity politics. While our whole country is going to the crapper, we fight based on our identities. "I am conservative", "I am liberal", "I am atheist",...
Does China RE Bubble extend to US West Coast?
on 19 Mar 2012
, latest 8 years ago It's pretty common knowledge that there's a huge RE bubble in China's coastal cities. Does that bubble extend to the west coast of North America? I've heard that "Asian" folks...